Emma Raducanu handpicks opponent for Champions Tennis event with final details confirmed

Emma Raducanu has shown ‘ruthless streak’ says commentator

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Emma Raducanu’s opponent at the Royal Albert Hall later this month has now been confirmed. The British No 1 finished her remarkable season at the Linz Open earlier this month, losing in the opening round to Wang Xinyu.

Her attention now switches to preparing for the Australian Open and planning for her first full season on the WTA Tour.

It’s been a remarkable few months for the teenage sensation, capped with her victory at the US Open.

Her rise to superstardom at Wimbledon saw a bunch of exhibition events battle to snap her up in the off-season.

And the Champions Tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall quickly confirmed she would be a part of the weekend event later in November.

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That came before her triumph at the US Open, although there was no confirmation on who Raducanu would face.

Now, it’s been confirmed by Andrei Nourescu that Raducanu will take on Gabriela Ruse on November 28th.

“The final details with Emma’s team and with the organizers from IMG are now settled and we can confirm the big event,” he wrote on his Instagram story.

“Emma Raducanu and Gabriela Ruse will play an exhibition match on November 28 in London, in an iconic venue: The Royal Albert Hall!

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“It will be Emma Raducanu’s first appearance on court in front of the British public after winning the US Open trophy.

“It will be the first time when Gabriela Ruse and Emma Raducanu will be opponents in a match, even if only a demo one, both playing together only in practice sessions so far.

“The Raducanu-Ruse exhibition will be followed by the ATP Champions Tennis Final and tickets for the London event are almost sold out.

“Over years, Gheorghe Zamfir, Nadia Comaneci and Angela Gheorghiu have also performed at the Royal Albert Hall.”

The pair have held a good relationship since 2018 when Ruse first became aware of Raducanu’s potential.

In Nottingham earlier this summer, the duo got talking and Ruse admitted she wanted to play doubles with Raducanu.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get it, so I asked Emma if she wants to play doubles with me,” Ruse says.

“She was really funny and she told me: ‘I’m sorry Gabi, I can’t play doubles.’

“We started to be friends, she’s a nice person. I enjoy the time with her so much. She is speaking really good Romanian but she’s so shy to do it.”

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