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Tennis fans have taken to social media in disappointment after teen British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu announced she was withdrawing from an upcoming tournament in Russia.
The US Open champion has decided to pull out of next week's Kremlin Cup in Moscow following her second-round loss at Indian Wells several days ago.
No immediate reason was given for the withdrawal.
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"Unfortunately, I've had to make a tournament schedule change and won't be able to play Moscow this year but I hope to compete there and in front of the Russian fans next year," Raducanu said.
"I look forward to returning to the tour in the next couple of weeks."
Raducanu's 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 featuring in only one match since her historic maiden grand slam singles title at Flushing Meadows.
The British star lost to Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets at Indian Wells last week in a sobering reality check for the 18-year-old.
The world No.22 said she was disappointed with the defeat by Sasnovich but needed to "cut herself some slack".
"The experiences that I'm going through right now, even though I might not feel 100 per cent amazing right now, I know they're for the greater good ... in the bigger picture, I'll be thanking this moment," Raducanu said.
Raducanu is considered the favourite to take out Britain's Sports Personality of the Year but is set to be absent from the BBC event because of a scheduling clash.
Emma Raducanu scheduled for more 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's unlikely that her decision to skip the Kremlin Cup will have any bearing on the other events.
Nevertheless, the tennis world was sad to hear that the 18-year-old sensation would not be competing in Russia.
— Woody (@Knewz_Currently) October 14, 2021
So sad we won’t be seeing Emma play.
— Stephenmason (@86stonewaller) October 14, 2021
Emma Raducanu's post-US Open struggles, stuttering start to life continue as British teen sensation WITHDRAWS from Kremlin Cup in Moscow next week
not much has gone right since the curious decision not to renew the deal with coach Andrew Richardson (left) pic.twitter.com/OFPUEA6ktb
— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) October 14, 2021
Not good. Confidence in your abilities Emma.
Emma Raducanu: US Open champion withdraws from Kremlin Cup https://t.co/GOqK9Rarrc
— McD (@mcdam2021) October 14, 2021
Raducanu is out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow next week. A smart decision under the surface as she can now focus and adjust to her environment. Extra time to find the right coach and allows her to fine tune herself before Romania at the end of the month.
— Taylor Toney-Green (@TaylorTG_) October 14, 2021
Belinda Bencic and Emma Raducanu have withdrawn from next week's Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Dayana Yastremska and Tereza Martincova move into the main draw.
— Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) October 14, 2021
Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup in Moscow next week. Her next scheduled tournament is the Transylvania Open in Romania, beginning on October 25th.
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) October 14, 2021
— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) October 14, 2021
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