Emma Raducanu a doubt for Indian Wells after pulling out of Monterrey with injury

US Open champion Emma Raducanu has pulled out of the Monterrey Open raising doubts about her availability for the upcoming Indian Wells.

The 19-year-old suffered a minor injury to her left leg during a gruelling match against Daria Saville in Guadalajara. 

The British number one retired during the third set having already played for more than three hours. As a result, she will miss the upcoming Abierto GNP Seguros.

The bigger concern, though, is whether Raducanu will be ready for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells starting on March 9, which is one of the biggest tournaments outside the grand slams.

That will solely depend on how her recovery goes over the next week. As a seed, the 19-year-old would receive a first-round bye and would not play her first match until March 11 or 12.

This is yet another physical setback for Raducanu, who has been unable to find any momentum since her stunning US Open triumph.

Emma Raducanu forced to retire in final set against Daria Saville

Her pre-season training in December was disrupted by a bout of Covid-19, and she then struggled with a blister on her hand at the Australian Open.

She prioritised a block of training following the tournament in Melbourne before returning this week only to fail to complete a match.

Raducanu's junior career was affected by a number of injuries and she will hope these issues are not a sign of things to come as she seeks to establish herself on the main tour.

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