US Open 2021

Former Slam finalist forced into last-minute US Open withdrawal

The US Open campaign of a top pro has ended before it began as injury means they cannot take to the courts of Flushing Meadows.

Home hope and world number 14 Jennifer Brady made the decision not to play her match against British qualifier Emma Raducanu, citing injury.

The USTA has not released specifics about her ailment, but the news is not a big surprise. Brady had to retire from her second round match at the Cincinnati Open, a US Open warm-up event, when facing Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

Coincidentally, Ostapenko also withdrew from her match for medical reasons.

Brady reached the US Open semi-finals in 2020 before going one step further at the 2021 Australian Open, falling to eventual champion Naomi Osaka on both occasions.

The news of her withdrawal means that Wimbledon sensation Raducanu will now face Swiss lucky loser Stefanie Vogele for a place in the second round.

Raducanu earned her right to compete in New York by coming through qualifying without the loss of a set.