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Emma Raducanu to face fellow former US Open champion Sloane Stephens at Eastbourne

Emma Raducanu will face fellow former US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round at Eastbourne next week.

Raducanu is continuing her preparations for Wimbledon, where she has been given a wild card, at the Rothesay International on the south coast.

The 21-year-old will be making her first appearance at Wimbledon in two years following wrist and ankle surgery last year.

Raducanu reached the semi-finals of the Rothesay Open in Nottingham last week in an encouraging start to her grass-court campaign.

American Stephens won the US Open in 2018, three years before Raducanu's shock victory.

Fellow Brit Harriet Dart faces Czech world number 23 Marie Bouzkova, while Katie Boulter will meet a qualifier.

Elsewhere, at the Berlin Open world number three Aryna Sabalenka, one of the favourites for the Wimbledon title, suffered an injury scare.

The 26-year-old from Belarus had to retire with a shoulder problem while trailing 5-1 to Anna Kalinskaya in their quarter-final.

Former Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur also had to pull out of her match against Coco Gauff through illness after losing a first-set tie-break.

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