Emma Raducanu withdraws from Madrid Open and leaves the WTA top 100
Emma Raducanu has pulled out of the Madrid Open, meaning that she will be outside the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time since winning the US Open.
Raducanu was scheduled to play lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova later today, but the Madrid Open social media account announced that the British No.1 had to withdraw due to a hand injury.
“Emma Raducanu withdraws from the Mutua Madrid Open due to [an] injury in her right hand. Get well soon!” said a statement from the Masters 1000 event on Twitter.
??@EmmaRaducanu withdraws from the Mutua Madrid Open due to injury in her right hand.
— #MMOPEN (@MutuaMadridOpen) April 26, 2023
The 20-year-old had previously revealed that she was ‘managing’ a wrist injury that kept her out of the latter stages of 2022, but was not willing to give much away in her pre-tournament press conference yesterday.
Raducanu’s withdrawal confirms that she will drop outside the top 100 when the new rankings are announced following the conclusion of the tournament in the Spanish capital, with the Brit losing her points from reaching the third round last year.
Emma Raducanu injury woes in 2023
Raducanu had said that her focus over the off-season at the end of 2022 was to focus on her fitness and appointed renowned fitness trainer Jez Green who had previously worked with Andy Murray, after many difficulties last year .
However, things do not seem to have gone to plan for the young Brit who has had a very disrupted season so far, having only played five tournaments in 2023.
Here are the tournaments Raducanu has withdrawn from this year:
Auckland – Retired in the second round with an ankle injury
Austin – Withdrew before the tournament with tonsillitis
Madrid – Withdrew before the tournament with a hand injury
Due to the severity of the injury being unknown, it is unclear as to whether Raducanu will be able to complete the clay court season in Rome and the second Grand Slam of the year Roland Garros, that begins on the 28th May.
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