Emma Raducanu to face Elena-Gabriela Ruse in first UK match since stunning US Open triumph

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Emma Raducanu has not been in great form since her shock US Open triumph  (APA/AFP via Getty Images)
Emma Raducanu has not been in great form since her shock US Open triumph (APA/AFP via Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu will play her first match on UK soil since winning the US Open in London later this month.

The British women’s no1 will face Romania’s world no83 Elena-Gabriela Ruse in an exhibition contest at the Champions Tennis Event at the Royal Albert Hall, which takes place between November 25-28.

It will be the first time that Raducanu has played in the UK since the teenager’s incredible run at Flushing Meadows in September that saw her become the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Raducanu - who had earlier enjoyed a fairytale run to the fourth round at Wimbledon - was also the first qualifier to triumph at a major in the Open Era and the youngest female Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova claimed victory at the All England Club back in 2004.

She split from coach Andrew Richardson after her success in New York and recently announced a partnership with German Torben Beltz, the former long-time coach of three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber.

Raducanu - who turned 19 last week - has not been in the best of form since her stunning US Open win and earlier this month lost to Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu in the second round at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz tournament amid an injury scare.

She was also defeated by Aliaksandra Sasnovich on her return to the court at Indian Wells, though did beat both Polona Hercog and Ana Bogdan en route to the quarter-finals at the Transylvania Open, eventually losing to old rival Marta Kostyuk.

Raducanu also withdrew from the Kremlin Cup in Russia.

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