Emma Răducanu missed qualification with the British national team in the final tournament of the Billie Jean King Cup, after a dramatic loss, 2-3 at the ground of the Czech Republic.
Emma Răducanu (12 WTA) left with only one victory this weekend, achieved on Friday, at debut in inter-country competition, when he tied the overall score in the qualifying round for the final tournament of the Billie Jean King Cup! The 19-year-old had minimal sets from Tereza Martincova (50 WTA), score 7-5, 7-5.
But Saturday was a nightmare for Emma! The athlete born to a Romanian father and an Asian mother was beaten by Marketa Vondrousova (32 WTA) 6-1, 6-1. Harriet Dart (101 WTA) sent the match into a decisive match, after 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 with Linda Fruhvirtova (170 WTA), but the British tandem Harriet Dart / Katie Swan lost without appeal , 1-6, 5-7 with Karolina Muchova / Marketa Vondrousova.
Disaster for Emma Răducanu and the British national team in the Fed Cup! The Romanian-born sportswoman lost the match and suffered an injury on the second day
Emma Răducanu lost a very important game in qualifying economy, 1-6, 1-6 with Marketa Vondrousova, which eclipsed the matchday one victory, 7-5, 7-5 with Tereza Martincova. Even sadder, Emma suffered a serious injury, traveling the pitch with great difficulty. The Czech Republic, who hold 11 Fed Cup titles, avoided a big upset and won 3-2 on aggregate.
UK will now have the fate of Romania, who lost 4-0 in Poland and will play in a World Group play-off in November! Romania and Great Britain will meet their opponents after a draw which will include both the losers of the final round of the tournament and the promoted from the second tier (Group I).
Emma Răducanu immediately accepted the call up to the Great Britain national team
Emma Răducanu, winner of the US Open 2021, immediately accepted the invitation to the national team of her adopted country! Emma Răducanu was selected twice by captain Anne Keothavong twice, in 2019 and 2020, before winning the US Open, but she didn’t play a match on either occasion.
Ana Bogdan recently invited Emma Răducanu to wear the Romanian national team jersey: “If she wants to play for Romania in the Fed Cup, she is more than welcome!”. However, it was impossible for Emma to “betray” Great Britain and represent Romania, considering that the new world tennis star was advised by all those close to her to remain loyal to her adopted country.