Katie Boulter is set to crack the top 50 despite tough loss in the US Open third round to Peyton Stearns… but Emma Raducanu is unlikely to return to the circuit until November
- Katie Boulter will earn herself a world ranking inside the top 50 after US Open
- Boulter crashed out of the Grand Slam with a 6-4 6-3 defeat to Peyton Stearns
- Brit number one miles ahead of Emma Raducanu who’s out until November
Katie Boulter should earn herself a ranking of world No 50 through her performances in New York, despite an underwhelming defeat in the US Open third round to American Peyton Stearns.
This summer she has established herself as British No 1, and although she lost 6-4, 6-3 to the former American college standout she will be miles ahead of Emma Raducanu by the time the former New York champion makes her comeback.
Raducanu is said to be making good progress in her recovery, and has been working with a physical trainer while on a trip to see family in China, where she has been unable to visit since the Covid pandemic.
However, the latest indications are that Raducanu, 20, is unlikely to return to the official circuit before it winds up in early November.
Instead she is confident that she will play an exhibition in Macau on December 2 against Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, along with a mixed doubles involving Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe.
Katie Boulter will crack the world’s top 50 despite her third round loss at the US Open
She is expected to participate in other exhibition tournaments before making a full-on return in January.
Boulter was crestfallen after succumbing to the firepower of Stearns’s forehand, but pleased she is shedding the impression that she can only excel on grass.
The 27-year-old’s last appointment of the season is expected to be November’s Billie Jean King Cup World Group qualifier against Sweden at London’s Copper Box, which will probably come too soon for Raducanu, who has shown little enthusiasm for team events.
‘It was tough losing today but I have to be happy with where I’m at, a career-high ranking,’ said Boulter.
‘It doesn’t stop me wanting more. Ultimately this is my moment to push on. I want to make it further into Grand Slams and I feel I’m really building