Emma Raducanu news: US Open champion could face in-form Dayana Yastremska in Indian Wells

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Emma Raducanu has been handed a tricky main draw debut match at the BNP Paribas Open as she will face either the in-form Dayana Yastremska or veteran Caroline Garcia.

US Open champion Raducanu, who is seeded 11th for the WTA 1000 event, has a bye in the first round and finds herself in Section 2 of the Indian Wells tournament.

She will face the winner of the Yastremska-Garcia clash in the second round.

Ukrainian Yastremska finished runner-up at the Lyon Open on Saturday while she was also a quarter-finalist at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February.

The 21-year-old, who received a wildcard entry into the California event, had to flee her war-torn home country with her sister following the Russian invasion and pledged to donate her Lyon prize money to help with aid in Ukraine.

Garcia, meanwhile, was a quarter-finalist in Lyon, taking out top seed Camila Giorgi and seventh seed Alison van Uytvanck before losing to eventual winner Zhang Shuai from China.

Raducanu has struggled with a hip injury the past two weeks as she was forced to pull out of the Monterrey Open last week after picking the injury during her clash against Daria Saville at the Abierto de Zapopan.

The 19-year-old has played only four matches this year as she made first-round exits in Sydney and Guadalajara while she reached the second round of the Australian Open.

Should Raducanu reach the third round in Indian Wells then she will face the winner of the clash between 19th seed Tamara Zidanšek and Anna Bondár or Petra Matric while seventh seed Karolina Pliskova is the other danger woman in the section.

The winner of Section 2 is likely to face top seed Barbora Krejcikova in the quarter-final although the French Open champion has former world No 1 Simona Halep and 16th seed Coco Gauff in her section.

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