Briton enters main draw at Australian Open.
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Briton enters main draw at Australian Open.

There is no need for Emma Raducanu to qualify for the Australian Open which will take place this month.

The American Lauren Davis withdrew from the Grand Slam event due to a shoulder injury, which means the 21-year-old Briton now has a direct entry into the main draw of the tournament.

As 301st in the world, Raducanu entered with a special ranking of 103, which is her position before she lost at least six months due to injury, so she is able to enter with a special ranking of 103.

There is just over a week until the Australian Open begins in Melbourne on 14 January. The draw will take place on Thursday, 11 January, at 2 p.m.

Aside from Davis’ withdrawal, other former French Open finalist Karolina Muchova, Irina-Camelia Begu, and Caty McNally have also withdrawn from the tournament, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has also pulled out after announcing she is expecting her first child.

In her most recent Grand Slam appearance, Raducanu lost to Coco Gauff in the second round of last year’s Australian Open, which was her most recent Grand Slam appearance.

With an impressive win over Romania’s Elena Gabriela Ruse in Auckland this week, the former US Open champion made her return to the tour.

After having minor surgeries on both of her hands and her left ankle at the beginning of May, this was her first match since then.

A match between the world number two and the second seed Elina Svitolina is scheduled to begin at 05:30 GMT on Thursday, as part of the second round of the Auckland tournament.