US Open champion Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from the Australian Open warm-up event in Melbourne.
Raducanu, who shot to fame after winning the US Open as a qualifier, has had a tough time recreating her form.
She was scheduled to compete at the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last month but had to pull out after testing positive for the virus.
Wow…that was some year🤯 2 pics to sum up my 2021 season🩸💧I want to say thank you & that I'm extremely grateful for your generous support. I’ve learnt many things at a fast pace on this incredible journey but all I can say is that I'm very excited & motivated for my next steps pic.twitter.com/SYgGccOx89
— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) November 17, 2021
Raducanu believes she will not be ready for the Melbourne WTA event, having only recently come out of isolation.
“The timing to compete in the first Melbourne event this week is too soon for me, having just returned from isolation,” Raducanu was quoted as saying by Eurosport.
The 19-year-old may get come matches in if she competes at the warm-up event in Sydney, which is scheduled to tale place in the week before the Australian Open.
After a stunning breakthrough in New York, Raducanu received a number of accolades back home in Great Britain.
She was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list and was also named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.