COVID-19 diagnosis sidelines US Open winner

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US Open champion Emma Raducanu tested affirmative for COVID-19 and pulled retired of an accumulation lucifer successful the United Arab Emirates today.

Organisers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship announced Raducanu's withdrawal, saying the British teen is isolating and pursuing protocols.

A replacement for Raducanu is being sought to capable successful and play Belinda Bencic successful Abu Dhabi.

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Emma Raducanu of Great Britain astatine Royal Albert Hall. (Getty)

Raducanu won the US Open successful September to go the archetypal qualifier to assertion a Grand Slam singles title.

Ranked 150th astatine the clip and winning 10 consecutive matches successful consecutive sets, she became astatine property 18 the youngest pistillate victor of a large title since Maria Sharapova was 17 astatine Wimbledon successful 2004.

Raducanu precocious was voted the WTA Newcomer of the Year.

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"After investigating affirmative for COVID-19, I volition person to postpone until the adjacent accidental to play successful beforehand of the fans here, which I was precise overmuch looking guardant to," Raducanu was quoted arsenic saying successful the quality merchandise issued by the event's organisers.

"I'm isolating arsenic per rules and hopefully volition beryllium capable to get backmost connected tribunal soon."

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