Emma Raducanu may be lined up to face her idol Simona Halep at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells; the 18-year-old from Bromley will open her season against Maria Camila Osorio or Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the tournament later this week
by Raz Mirza
Last updated: 21/05/10 01:32
British No. 1 Emma Raducanu could be lined up to face her idol Simona Halep in what would be a successful third-round clash at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells following Monday’s draw.
Raducanu’s first match after her stunning victory at the US Open will be a second round against world number 71 Maria Camila Osorio from Colombia or Aliaksandra Sasnovich, world number 100 Belarusian.
Now ranked 22nd, Raducanu will be among the 32 seeded and therefore will receive a bye in the first round after securing a wild card spot with his first game on Friday or Saturday.
Should Raducanu progress, a potential match against two-time Grand Slam champion and former world number 1 Halep could wait.
The 11th seeded Romanian won the prestigious tournament, often referred to as the “unofficial fifth of the Grand Slam” in 2015.
Halep hailed Raducanu’s New York hit as “Extraordinary” on social media following his win over Canadian Leylah Fernandez.
Raducanu, whose father Ian is from Bucharest, took three weeks off to digest her success, but is now ready for a busy month with her eyes on the 18-year-old in the California desert.
She is currently without a permanent coach after splitting from Andrew Richardson despite their remarkable success in New York, but this week she was seen on the pitch with former British No. 1 Jeremy Bates.
The joint tournament of the WTA and the ATP Tour is one of the biggest stops on the calendar outside the Grand Slams. Usually held in March, it was canceled in 2019 and then postponed earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Katie Boulter’s hopes of joining Raducanu and Heather Watson in the main draw took a hit after losing 7-5 6-2 to 16-year-old American Reese Brantmeier in qualifying.
Watson, world number 57, was drawn to face house favorite Sloane Stephens in the first round.
Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Andy Murray will also be involved in the event with the draw for the men’s singles to be held Wednesday afternoon local time.
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