Emma Raducanu is aiming to follow up her historic win in New York at this week’s BNP Paribas Open, which returns after a two-year hiatus.
The 18-year-old has been granted a wildcard into the main draw at Indian Wells after becoming the first qualifier in the Open Era to win a major. To put her phenomenal achievement into context, Indian Wells will be just the fifth tour-level event of her career.
Although Raducanu’s ranking of 22 is comfortably high enough to secure entry into all the biggest events, the cut‑off is several weeks before the start of each tournament, meaning she needed a wildcard to avoid having to go through qualifying. She will have a bye in the first round so will not play until much later this week.
Raducanu will be one of the star attractions in the Californian desert and there is bound to be huge focus on how she fares after stunning the world after her victory in New York. Interestingly, she has turned to former British No 1 Jeremy Bates for coaching expertise during her first tournament since Flushing Meadows, after splitting from Andrew Richardson.
She also didn’t lose a set through 10 matches in New York, and if you think she can repeat a similar feat in California, you can back it at 33/1 with Betfred – and she’s 8/1 to go the distance regardless.
Her opponent in the US Open final, Leylah Fernandez, will also be in the main draw at Indian Wells, and it’s 20/1 at Betfred for the two teenage sensations to cross paths again.