Emma Raducanu ‘out to make fans proud’ as she gets Billie Jean King Cup nod for GB despite injury woes

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has been named in Great Britain’s team for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow next month despite concerns over a wrist injury.

The British No 1’s last match was a straight-set defeat at the hands of Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the Ostra Open last week, but she ended her WTA Tour season shortly after crashing out of the tournament, pulling out of events in Romania and Mexico.

However, no decision has yet been made about the 12-country event, which begins on November 8 at the Emirates Arena.

Raducanu made her debut in the tournament in April’s qualifier against the Czech Republic, beating Tereza Martincova but losing heavily to Marketa Vondrousova amid more struggles with blisters, but she is excited about playing in front of her home crowd.

“Making my debut for Team GB in April was a special moment that I’ll never forget,” the 2021 US Open winner said.

“Stepping out on court and seeing all the flags flying, all of your team cheering you on, it’s such a unique event that I’m really looking forward to experiencing again. Having the opportunity to host the finals in your home country doesn’t come around very often so we’ll do everything we can to make our fans proud.”

The 19-year-old is joined in the team by Harriet Dart, Katie Boulter and Heather Watson, with a fifth player to be added at a later date. It is a strong quartet, but having Raducanu fit would be akin to unpacking a premium item when opening cases. She will be crucial to GB’s chances.

“This is a strong squad for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals and we’re keen to finish the year on a high in front of the passionate crowds in Glasgow,” Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong said.

“All four players have experience in the competition and great memories of playing for GB.

“We will confirm the fifth team member in the coming weeks, having this competition for places is a great position to be in.”

Britain will take on Kazakhstan and Spain in group matches at the World Cup-style event, with the winner of the pool going through to the semi-finals.

They will kick off their campaign against Kazakhstan on November 8 before taking on Spain two days later.

Despite losing to the Czechs, they were awarded a place in the finals as host nation, elevating them to the top level of the tournament for the first time since 1993.

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