US Open champion Emma Raducanu withdraws from Kremlin Cup in Moscow

Emma Raducanu’s stuttering start to life as the US Open champion continued on Thursday night when she pulled out of next week’s WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

There was no immediate reason given for the withdrawal from an event which was meant to be the start of a three-week run of indoor tournaments around Europe, rounding off her season.

Her next scheduled appearance is now the Transylvanian Open in the Romanian city of Cluj Napoca, and she remains on the list of players entered.

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Emma Raducanu’s (above) stuttering start to life as the US Open champion continued on Thursday night when she pulled out of next week’s WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow

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However, in what was always going to be a difficult period of adjustment after Flushing Meadows there are no certainties, and the impression is given of confusion within the camp.

Even the manner of her withdrawal on Thursday night was something of a mess, with no official announcement being made and the news leaking out on social media via the eagle-eyed who had spotted her name removed from the Moscow entry list.

Not much has gone right since the curious decision not to renew the deal with coach Andrew Richardson, who guided her on the summer trip to America which culminated in the New York triumph.

Raducanu became one of the most talked about tennis players after winning the US Open

However, not much has gone right since the curious decision not to renew the deal with coach Andrew Richardson (left) –  who guided her on the summer trip to America

She has yet to find a replacement and travelled to Indian Wells without even the physio who had also accompanied her previously, Will Herbert.

In the California event, which was never going to be anything other than pressurised with her new-found status, she had to borrow the services of the Lawn Tennis Association’s Jeremy Bates.

While a respected coach, Bates’s primary job there was to work with Katie Boulter and he was always due to leave the tournament after her first round. As it turned out she lost in straight sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

An official cause for her non-appearance in Russia was still awaited on Thursday night. Now it remains to be seen whether she will travel to Romania, where she has strong family connections.

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