Tennis fans have been disappointed on social media after British teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu announced she was withdrawing from an upcoming tournament in Russia.
The US Open champion has decided to withdraw from next week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow after her losses in the second round at Indian Wells several days ago.
No immediate reason was given for the withdrawal.
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“Unfortunately I have had to change a tournament schedule and will not be able to play Moscow this year, but I hope to be able to compete there and in front of the Russian fans next year,” said Raducanu.
“I look forward to returning to the tour in the next few weeks.”
Raducanus’ decision to withdraw from the Moscow event came just hours before the cut-off point for the tournament.
Russian fans had hoped to see the US Open champion in action, with Raducanu only involved in one match since her historic maiden grand slam title at Flushing Meadows.
The British star lost last week to Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets at Indian Wells in a sober reality check for the 18-year-old.
World No. 22 said she was disappointed with the defeat at Sasnovich, but needed to “cut herself a little”.
“The experiences I’m going through right now, even though I may not feel 100 percent amazing right now, I know they’re for the greater good … in the bigger picture, I want to thank this moment,” Raducanu said.
Raducanu is considered the favorite to emerge as the sports personality of the year in the UK, but is expected to be absent from the BBC event due to a planning clash.
Emma Raducanu is scheduled for several events in Europe
She is scheduled to play in events in Romania and Austria before the end of the season, with Australian Open preparations to follow.
It is unlikely that her decision to skip the Kremlin Cup has any bearing on the other events.
Nevertheless, the tennis world was upset to hear that the 18-year-old sensation would not compete in Russia.
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