Emma Raducanu withdraws from pre-Indian Wells exhibition event and practice session
Emma Raducanu withdrew from the Eisenhower Cup and a planned practice session, leaving fans worried about her Indian Wells participation.
Raducanu was supposed to be partnering fellow British No.1 Cameron Norrie in the charity tie-break tens mixed doubles event, but pulled out eight hours prior to it starting.
Paula Badosa took Raducanu’s place, creating a 2021 Indian Wells ‘champions reunion’.
Emma Raducanu is out of tonight's Eisenhower Cup.
Paula Badosa will team up with Cam Norrie, creating a 2021 champions reunion 🤝🏆#TennisParadise
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 7, 2023
Badosa and Norrie lost their first match to the Greek duo of Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas, with Aryna Sabalenka and Taylor Fritz coming out as the eventual champions.
Raducanu has had many injury woes over the past year, and recently suffered with tonsillitis causing her to pull out from the ATX Open last week.
This withdrawal only amplified the speculation around the 20-year-old’s participation in the desert, having not played a match since her defeat to Coco Gauff at the Australian Open.
The 2021 US Open champion was also supposed to take to the practice court yesterday, with Ukranian No.1 Anhelina Kalinina, but this was subsequently removed from the practice schedule.
Raducanu has been spotted around the grounds of the BNP Paribas Open with taped wrists, from an injury she suffered last year, and fans have speculated over whether the Brit is being cautious before her first match since January.
This will be the No.77’s third appearance at what many call the ‘fifth Grand Slam’, with the Brit winning only one out of her three matches.
Raducanu’s first round opponent is that of Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, who she lost to in the second round of the Australian Open in 2022.
The Brit is scheduled to return to the practice courts before her match tomorrow, with a planned session with her coach Sebastian Sachs today at 1pm California time.
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