Emma Raducanu could face two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep at the British’s first tournament since winning the US Open next week at the BNP Paribas Open.
Teenage girl Raducanu, whose impressive triumph catapulted her from 150th to 22nd in the world rankings last month, received a wildcard entry and a bye to the second round of the WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells.
She was drawn to contest the winner of the match between Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Aliaksandra Sasnovich, with a win for the British who set up a match against Halep in the third round when the Romanian beat Zhang Shuai’s winner against Marta Kostyuk .
The 18-year-old won a major tournament at Flushing Meadows in New York as the first qualifier of the Open era, in which she did not lose a set.
She only made her WTA Tour debut at the Nottingham Open in June of this year and reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in her second tour-level event.
Indian Wells will only be the fifth tour-level event in Raducanu’s career.
The prestigious event has returned to the WTA calendar after a two-year hiatus, while two-time champion and former world number one Kim Clijsters has also received a wildcard for the main draw.
Current world number one Ashleigh Barty has chosen not to compete at Indian Wells and Naomi Osaka has retired as well.
British number five Katie Boulter failed in her attempt to reach the peloton as she was defeated 7-5 and 6-2 by 16-year-old American Reese Brantmeier in the first qualifying round.
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