Raducanu withdraws from pre-Australian Open charity match due to experiencing physical discomfort.

Emma Raducanu has pulled out of a charity match on Tuesday that was supposed to be part of her preparations for the Australian Open. She cited feeling sore as the reason for her withdrawal. Originally, her opponent Naomi Osaka had already withdrawn, but Donna Vekic had agreed to step in and play against Raducanu at Melbourne Park.

According to BBC Sport, Raducanu woke up on Tuesday morning feeling a bit sore after a two-hour practice session the day before, and decided to rest instead of participating in the charity match. The 2021 US Open champion, who has been out of competition since April 2023 due to ankle and wrist surgeries, is planning to return to Grand Slam competition next week in Melbourne.

Raducanu has secured direct entry into the Australian Open main draw following the withdrawals of other players. She is scheduled to play against 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva at the Kooyong Classic on Thursday. The draw for the Australian Open will also take place on that day.

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