Emma Raducanu to Make Long-Awaited Return at Auckland: Can She Recapture Her Magic?

Coco Gauff, Caroline Wozniacki and other "strong" names will also participate in the Auckland Open, which takes place from January 1 to 7

by Sededin Dedovic
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Emma Raducanu to Make Long-Awaited Return at Auckland: Can She Recapture Her Magic?
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Former US Open champion Emma Raducanu will finally return to competitive tennis at the Auckland Open in January 2024, after a long injury layoff that saw her drop to 296th in the WTA rankings. Raducanu, who last played in April 2023, has undergone three surgeries this year - two on her hand and one on her left ankle - to deal with persistent bone pain near her wrist.

This absence has seriously affected her ranking, but she still holds a "protected rank" of 103 due to her pre-injury performance. Despite being out of action for over eight months, Raducanu was given a wild card by the organizers of the Auckland Open, allowing her to return to competition without having to go through qualifying.

This is a welcome opportunity for the young star to return to the field and regain his form.

Lots of familiar names at the Auckland tournament

The Auckland Open, which takes place from January 1 to 7, will also feature other prominent players such as American teenager Coco Gauff and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki.

This creates a strong field and a competitive environment for the return of Raducanu. With the Australian Open just around the corner, Raducanu's performance in Auckland will be crucial. Because of his protected ranking, he cannot directly enter the main draw of the Australian Open.

However, she has two options: either she will participate in the qualifiers or she will receive a wild card from the organizers. Raducanu's return to tennis is long awaited, after a challenging year with injuries, she could not fully recover.

Now he has the opportunity to once again show his talent and skill on the field. It remains to be seen whether she can return to the form in which she won the US Open in 2021. However, her participation in the Auckland Open represents a significant step in her recovery, which is the most important thing, and the results will come.

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