Emma Raducanu set for huge breakthrough in WTA rankings as she prepares to return to action

Delight for Emma Raducanu as she wins US Open

Emma Raducanu’s remarkable rise up the WTA rankings is set to reach a new peak next week, with the British teenager set to confirm he place among the world’s top 20.

Raducanu was ranked at a lowly No.338 in the rankings when she was handed a wildcard into Wimbledon in June, with her run to the fourth round at the All England Club inspiring a rapid surge up the tennis ladder.

That was before Raducanu’s historic US Open win, as she became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam event, propelling her up to No.23 in the rankings.

Raducanu has flown to America to play her first tournament since that remarkable win in New York and she is boosted by the prospect of already being assured of a place in the world’s top 20 next week.

With other players losing points from their ranking from this week of last year, Raducanu is projected to leap up to No.18 in the rankings next Monday and that leap could be enhanced by additional points if she makes progress at Indian Wells.

Raducanu is the No.18 seed for the big event in California, meaning she will receive a bye in the first round and will collect 35 rankings points even if she loses her first match.

If she were to progress to the quarter-finals, that would give Raducanu an additional 215 points, which should be enough to cement her place in the world’s top 20.

A run to the semi-finals would give Raducanu 390 points and move her up towards a top 15 ranking, while a final appearance or a could propel her towards the top ten.

In what will be her first WTA 1000 event, such ambitions may seem lavish, yet anything is possible for the teenager after her US Open win.