Emma Raducanu pulls out of Kremlin Cup hours before tournament cut-off

Emma Raducanu has pulled out of the Kremlin Cup with simply hours to spare till the cut-off level for withdrawals within the Moscow tournament. 

The US Open champion was one of the star points of interest for the Kremlin Cup. The 18-year-old stays scheduled to participate within the Transylvania Open in Romania on October 25. Raducanu was due in the principle draw starting on Monday in Moscow, and a number of Russian tennis followers had expressed pleasure on social media about seeing her play. 

Her withdrawal is a shock given she has performed simply as soon as since changing into a Grand Slam champion, shedding to Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells earlier in October. 

On Thursday, Raducanu mentioned in a press release: “Unfortunately I’ve had to make a tournament schedule change and won’t be able to play Moscow this year but I hope to compete there and in front of the Russian fans next year. I look forward to returning to the tour in the next couple of weeks.” 

The world No 22 has mentioned final week that she was not “putting any pressure” on herself after her early exit in California. The bookies’ favorite to win Sports Personality of the Year can also be more likely to be absent  from the BBC occasion in December attributable to a scheduling conflict. 

The awards will probably be held on December 19 at Salford’s MediaCity however Raducanu is because of play on the Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which runs from December 16 to 18. From there, she is predicted to journey on to Australia for the beginning of the 2022 season, with the primary main of the brand new year starting on January 17 in Melbourne. 

If that’s the case, Raducanu could must take a leaf out of Andy Murray’s guide, who accepted two of his three SPOTY awards – in 2013 and 2016 – by a pool in Miami. 

Raducanu, who lost her first match because the US Open at Indian Wells final week, could have stiff competitors for the SPOTY award contemplating her New York triumph occurred throughout an Olympic and Paralympic year, England males’s soccer crew made it to the Euros remaining in July, Lewis Hamilton turned the primary driver to say 100 race wins – with a report eighth world title nonetheless doable – and Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title after knocking out Deontay Wilder.

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