Emma Raducanu opted to withdraw from a charity match on Tuesday as part of her Australian Open preparations. The 2021 US Open champion, set to make her Grand Slam return after undergoing ankle and wrist surgeries in 2023, decided to rest after feeling "a little sore" following a two-hour practice session on Monday.
Originally scheduled to face Naomi Osaka, who also withdrew and was replaced by Donna Vekic, Raducanu's decision led to the cancellation of the charity match, the first of four planned ahead of the Australian Open.
Charity matches in the lead-up to major tournaments often see players withdraw for various reasons, and Raducanu's choice was influenced by the fatigue expected after a prolonged absence from competitive play.
Currently ranked 299th globally, Raducanu, with direct entry into the Australian Open main draw, is slated to face 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva at the Kooyong Classic on Thursday. As the draw for the Australian Open unfolds on the same day, Raducanu anticipates making a significant comeback after her surgery, eager to re-enter the Grand Slam arena.