Emma Raducanu: Who could the US Open winner play at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz?

Emma Raducanu will be back in action at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz this weekend

Emma Raducanu will be back in action at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz this weekend.

The WTA 250 event will be Raducanu’s last tournament before she ends her season.

The 18-year-old will be hoping to get more senior experience under her belt, having made her debut on the WTA Tour at the Nottingham Open.

Raducanu has won two out of four matches since her unexpected victory at the US Open, reaching the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open last month.

Will she improve this record in Linz in the coming days? GiveMeSport Women looks at who could be her toughest opponents at the tournament.

Simona Halep

Raducanu just missed out on the opportunity to play her idol Simona Halep in the semi-finals of the Transylvania Open, losing to Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-finals.

She will get another chance in Linz. With two-time Grand Slam winner Halep the second seed and Raducanu the top seed, they will be on opposite sides of the draw and will likely not meet until the final.

This could be motivation for Raducanu to go far in the competition, but she will have to be at the very top of her game to beat Romania’s Halep.

Simona Halep will be competing at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz

Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins will compete at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz just days after representing the United States at the Billie Jean King Cup in Prague.

At the time of writing, the US have progressed to the semi-finals. The team have two dominant performances from Collins to thank for their place in the knockout stages.

The world number 30 will arrive in Linz full of confidence, and she will be one to beat if Raducanu is hoping to win the title.

Danielle Collins will be competing at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz

Veronika Kudermetova

Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova is the fourth seed in Linz. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a successful 2021, winning her first WTA title at the Charleston Open in April.

Ranked 31st in the world, Kudermetova would likely be considered the underdog if she comes across Raducanu in the coming days, but the Brit must not be complacent.

Veronika Kudermetova will be competing at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz

Marta Kostyuk

Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk will not be amongst the top seeds at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz, but a draw against Raducanu would be a very interesting match indeed.

Kostyuk knocked Raducanu out of the Transylvania Open and seemed emboldened by comments the US Open winner had made prior to the match.

Raducanu had claimed her opponent had "destroyed" her "every single time" when they used to play each other at a junior level, with the 19-year-old Kostyuk later revealing this had served as a confidence boost.

This time around, Raducanu will likely keep her cards close to her chest and look to exact revenge.

Marta Kostyuk will be competing at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz

The draw for the Upper Austria Ladies Linz will take place tomorrow, with competition starting on November 7th.

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