Emma Raducanu learns opponent at Slovenia Open as Brit suffers huge rankings drop

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Emma Raducanu has learned her first opponent at the Slovenia Open after falling to world No 83 in the rankings following her early exit in New York. The 2021 US Open champion crashed out in the first round this year and is now attempting to climb back up to her career-high of No 10 in the world, starting with the WTA 250 event in Portoroz.

Raducanu took a wildcard into this week’s Slovenia Open following her 6-3 6-3 defeat to Alize Cornet in the first round of the US Open. The Brit had become the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title in Flushing Meadows last year but was involved for just an hour and 41 minutes before crashing out in her opening match this time around.

Despite suffering a disappointing loss, the 19-year-old was ready to start from scratch as she said: “I’m happy because it’s a clean slate. I’m going to drop down the rankings, [and] climb my way back up.” Raducanu also set her sights on playing “some 250s” for the rest of the year, and has already entered her first 250-point event – the lowest level on the official WTA Tour – in Portoroz.

Raducanu is the top seed with the draw being made based on last week’s rankings, when she was No 11 in the world. And she has learned that she will be taking on Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska in her first match on Monday.

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