The Kremlin Cup in Moscow has suffered a major blow as US Open champion Emma Raducanu and world No. 10 Belinda Bencic have both withdrawn from next week’s event.
Raducanu, 18, made all the headlines last month after becoming the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.
Shortly after her US Open victory, Raducanu signed up to play in Moscow.
Raducanu, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 22 in the world, would certainly be one of the main highlights at this year’s Moscow edition.
On the other side, Bencic won’t be making her third Moscow appearance.
Bencic enjoyed success in Moscow in the past, winning it all at the tournament in 2019.
Bencic has now picked up back-to-back tournament withdrawals since she also pulled out of the Indian Wells Masters due a knee injury.
Raducanu suffered a shock exit in Indian Wells
Raducanu lost to world No. 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first match since her US Open victory and now she won’t be playing in Moscow next week.
“Aliaksandra played an extremely great match. You could tell she was more experienced than me, executed her game plan better than me and she deserved to win,” said Raducanu after the loss.
“You get sharp by playing matches and I’m not match tight right now. I’ve not played a competition in a month, since the US Open, and that (sharpness) will come by playing week in, week out.
“So what do I need to work on? I’ll probably go back and review the match, probably tomorrow and look at it with a clear head. From there I’ll be able to plan. It’s going to take me time to adjust to what is going on. I’m still so new to everything.”