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Emma Raducanu signs up to play WTA 250 event after early US Open exit

Emma Raducanu has signed up to compete at a WTA 250 event in Portoroz next week. Raducanu, 19, is set to debut on the hard courts of Portoroz after accepting a wildcard into the tournament. The Portoroz tournament is set to feature several big names as 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova are also set to compete.

For Raducanu, it will be a fresh start and the start of a new chapter. At the US Open, Raducanu failed to defend her title after losing in the first round to Alize Cornet. Even though Raducanu was disappointed to lose early at the US Open, she was glad about now being in “a clean state.”

After Portoroz, Raducanu is also expected to compete in Seoul and Ostrava.

Raducanu aiming to bounce back with strong results in the next few event

“I think it was a pretty tough match against a really experienced player,” Raducanu said after losing to Cornet.

“[I’m] obviously disappointed to lose first round. Credit to Alize, she played pretty well. Obviously, really disappointing, really sad to leave here. It’s probably my favourite tournament. But also, in a way, I’m happy because it’s a clean slate.

I’m going to drop down the rankings. Climb my way back up. In a way, the target will be off my back slightly. I just have another chance to claw my way back up there. I’ve been doing some really good work in the last six weeks especially.

I’m just looking forward to putting more of those weeks together consistently, then we’ll see what happens.” Raducanu feels there will be a less pressure on her now that her US Open title is officially in the books.

Raducanu is set to drop down in the rankings and be ranked around the 80th place on Monday. It remains to be seen how will Raducanu respond after an early US Open exit.

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