Emma Raducanu is set to drop out of the top 100 less than two years since her shock win in the US Open after pulling out of the Madrid Open on Wednesday with a hand injury hours before her first match.
The 20-year-old Briton, currently world number 85, was poised to face Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova in the Spanish capital, ahead of a potential clash with world number one Iga Swiatek in the second round.
The Briton was replaced by Austrian lucky loser Julia Grabher.
Raducanu has been beset by health problems this year, suffering from a wrist injury during her first round defeat by Bianca Andreescu in the Miami Open in March.
“I’m able to play in the short-term, but the current solutions aren’t very viable long-term,” said Raducanu after defeat in Miami.