Emma Raducanu won’t need to qualify for this month’s Australian Open.
American Lauren Davis’ withdrawal with a shoulder damage means the 21-year-old Briton now has direct entry into the principle draw of the Grand Slam occasion.
Raducanu is 301st on the planet, however was in a position to enter with a particular rating of 103 – her place earlier than lacking a minimal of six months by damage.
The Australian Open begins on 14 January in Melbourne, with the draw happening on Thursday, 11 January.
In addition to Davis’ withdrawal, French Open finalist Karolina Muchova, Irina-Camelia Begu and Caty McNally have pulled out, whereas two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova withdrew after announcing she is pregnant along with her first baby.
Raducanu’s most up-to-date Grand Slam look was ultimately yr’s Australian Open, the place she misplaced to Coco Gauff within the second spherical.
The previous US Open champion returned to the tour in Auckland this week with a win over Romania’s Elena Gabriela Ruse.
It was her first match since having minor operations on each arms and her left ankle in early Could.
Her second spherical match in Auckland, towards the second seed Elina Svitolina, is scheduled to start at 05:30 GMT on Thursday.