Emma Raducanu set to make another WTA Rankings leap as she closes in on the top 20

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US Open champion Emma Raducanu is set to make another leap in the latest WTA Rankings and is now knocking on the door of the world’s top 20.

The 18-year-old has served up one of the most remarkable jumps in the rankings in tennis history in recent weeks, as she started Wimbledon ranked at No 338 and moved to No 23 after picking up an incredible 2,040 points following her US Open win and sits at No 22 in the latest WTA list.

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Raducanu has not played a match since lifting the title at Flushing Meadows earlier this month, but she is set to move above Jennifer Brady from the United States when the next rankings list is confirmed next Monday.

Brady was set to be Raducanu’s opening-round opponent at the US Open, but this year’s Australian Open runner-up pulled out of the tournament due to injury.

That meant Raducanu played Stefanie Voegele in the first round as she started her history march towards the title in New York.

With Brady’s points from last year set to drop off her total next Monday, Raducanu will move up to No 21 and that ranking looks set to move into the world’s top 20 if she decides to play at the BNP Parisbas Open at Indian Wells next month.

Raducanu is expected to get a wildcard to play at Indian Wells, but she has downplayed suggestions she is one of the favourites to lift the title that has 1000 ranking points on offer.

“If I’m seeded, then I’m seeded, but favourite? I think one tournament, you can’t really say I’m a favourite. I’m still so new to everything,” said Raducanu.

“I just feel like I’m learning and absorbing all the knowledge that I’m gaining like a sponge and soaking it all in.

“That’s what I really want to do. I’m not focused on results, I’m focused on how much I can learn because that’s what’s really going to drive me forward.”

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