Emma Raducanu flies to Australian Open as Brit hopes injury will not stop her playing Slam | Tennis | Sport

Emma Raducanu has travelled to Melbourne for the upcoming Australian Open after injuring her ankle at the ASB Classic. The British No 1 retired from her second-round match in tears on Thursday and is yet to learn the extent of her injury but is hoping to be ready in time for the first Grand Slam event of the year.

Raducanu has reportedly travelled to Melbourne ahead of the upcoming Australian Open despite suffering a blow when she slipped and turned her ankle during her match against Viktoria Kuzmova on Thursday. The 20-year-old took the opening set 6-0 but fell near the end of the second set, losing it 7-5 and deciding to retire from the match as she was in floods of tears while leaving the court.

The Brit is expected to get a scan to determine the extent of her injury but, according to the Daily Mail, her team believe that the best case scenario would be a grade one sprain. If that proves to be the case, it means that Raducanu will be able to play the Australian Open when the first Major of the year gets underway on January 16.

There had also been talk over the world No 78 playing next week’s WTA 250 event in Adelaide but that is now all but ruled out following her horror injury fall at the ASB Classic. Speaking after retiring, Raducanu shared her disappointment to be set back by another physical issue after spending the off season improving her strength and fitness with Andy Murray’s ex-trainer Jez Green.

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