Harriet Dart carrying British hopes at ATX Open after Emma Raducanu pulls out
Harriet Dart will carry the hopes of Great Britain alone at the brand new ATX Open in Austin.
Dart is the only Brit in the main draw at this stage, although Katie Boulter could still fight through qualifying to join her in the 32-woman field.
She had been set to be joined by Emma Raducanu, but the British No 1 fell ill with tonsillitis and had to withdraw.
Dart will face second seed and world No 22 Shuai Zhang in the opening round of the event in Austin.
Australian Open semi-finalist Magda Linette headlines the draw for the ATX Open as the top seed.
Linette faces Varvara Grachava in her firt match in Austin, having been in action in Merida last week, where she was beaten in the last eight.
Many of the top American talents are out of the country at the moment competing in the middle east swing but there are still plenty of top local talents in the field.
Taylor Townsend meets fifth seed Sloane Stephens in a tantalising all-American first round clash in Austin.
Third seed Anastasia Potopova has a date with home hope Elizabeth Mandlik.
Katie Volynets and Allison Riske-Armitraj will battle in another all-USA first round battle that will determine the second round opponent for iether Potopova or Mandlik.
University of Texas at Austin alumni Peyton Stearns will start her first WTA Tournament in the city against a qualifier.
Rapidly rising American star Alycia Parks is also in the ATX Open field and takes the seventh seeding.
Parks faces Swede Mirjam Bjorklund having suffered defeat in Merida to another Swedish player in Rebecca Peterson.
Parks stunned Caroline Garcia in the Lyon Open final earlier this season to significantly raise her profile.
Anna Kalinskaya is all set to take on sixth seed and 2023 Hobart International winner Lauren Davis, who remains in the WTA Top 50 after that breakthrough win.
The 2022 Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins has a tough opening assignment in Poland’s Magdalena Frech despite being handed the fourth seeding.
Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk rounds out the seeds for the ATX Open and she will take on Hungarian Dalma Galfi in her slated opener.
Her compatriot Dayana Yamstremska is set to open her tournament against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.
Other top Americans Caty McNally and Madison Brengle will learn their first round opponents at the conclusion of the qualifiers on Sunday.
Raducanu will return to action at Indian Wells, according to her team.
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