Tennis world erupts over 'sad' Emma Raducanu news

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Emma Raducanu is seen here during her preparations for Indian Wells.
Emma Raducanu has announced her withdrawal from the Kremlin Cup, much to the disappointment of fans. Pic: Getty

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.

Seen here, Britain's Emma Raducanu looks disappointed during her loss at Indian Wells in 2021.
Emma Raducanu was beaten in straight sets at Indian Wells in what was her first match since winning the US Open. Pic: Getty

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.

with agencies

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