Where Emma Raducanu’s ranking could be after Indian Wells as new practice video is released

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu is preparing to make a return to action at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the door is ajar for her remarkable rise up the WTA rankings to continue.

While all of her competitors have ranking points to defend from tournaments played over the last couple of years, Raducanu has a unique opportunity to climb the rankings at a stunning rate, as players are generally not in a position to play major events with no ranking points to defend.

The 18-year-old Brit was ranked at No.338 in the world when she was handed a wildcard for Wimbledon in June, with her run to the fourth round of her first Grand Slam boosting her ranking in sparkling fashion.

That was before her historic run through the qualifiers at the US Open ended with her clinching the title in New York, moving her into the top 25 in the WTA rankings.

She will move up to No.21 in the updated ranking list next week, but a good run at Indian Wells could see her close in on a place in the top ten by the middle of October.

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 push her into the world’s top 20 for the first time.

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.

The absence of world No.1 Ashleigh Barty and former US Open champion Naomi Osaka from the event will weaken the field, but Raducanu faces a test as she looks to live up to new expectations as one of the new stars of the game.

Raducanu has been training at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in London ahead of her flight to America, with prize money of $1,209,730 up for grabs for the winner in Indian Wells.

She may also be eyeing up what would be an incredible appearance in the lucrative end-of-year WTA finals in Mexico next month, as a good run at Indian Wells could see her knocking on the door of a place in the event that offers huge prize money for the best eight players in the world.