Emma Raducanu could face two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep early on at Indian Wells as British sensation prepares to play for the first time since her stunning US Open win

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  • Emma Radukanu may face Simona Halep in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open
  • US Open winner is given a bye in the second round of the tournament
  • She will face Maria Camila Osorio or Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the draw.
  • Indian Wells will be only the fifth UK Tour-level event of its career

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Emma Raducanu is set to face two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep at next week’s BNP Paribas Open in Britain’s first tournament since winning the US Open.

Kishori Radukanu, whose stunning win last month moved her from 150th to 22nd in the world rankings, received a wild card entry and a bye in the second round of the WTA 1000 event at Indian Wells.

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She is set to play the winner of the match between Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Aliaksandra Sasnovi on Friday or Saturday, to set up a third round encounter against Halep if the Romanian beat the winner of Zhang Shuai vs. Britain will win. Marta Kostyuk.

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Emma Radukanu could face a tough test when she returns to action next week

US Open winner may meet Simona Halep (right) in the third round at Indian Wells

US Open winner may meet Simona Halep (right) in the third round at Indian Wells

The 18-year-old became the first qualifier in the Open era to win a major tournament at Flushing Meadows, New York, where she did not lose a set.

She only made her WTA Tour debut at the Nottingham Open in June this year and reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in her second Tour-level event.

Indian Wells will be just the fifth tour-level event of Radukanu’s career.

The US Open champion will play her first tournament since her stunning victory in New York.

The US Open champion will play her first tournament since her stunning victory in New York.

The iconic event returned to the WTA calendar after a two-year hiatus, while two-time champion and former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters also received a wild card in the main draw.

Current world number 1 Ashleigh Barty has opted not to compete at Indian Wells and Naomi Osaka has also withdrawn.

British No. 5 Katie Boulter failed to reach the main draw after beating 16-year-old American Reese Brantmayer 7-5 6-2 in the first round of qualifying.

However, Radukanu is seen on court in California with Jeremy Bates (above).

However, Radukanu is seen on court in California with Jeremy Bates (above).

Raducanu is without a permanent coach, having split from Andrew Richardson despite his remarkable New York success, but has been seen on court in California with Jeremy Bates.

The former British No. 1 works primarily with Boulter, but is also the Lawn Tennis Association’s national women’s coach.

Radukanu said last month that she was looking for someone experienced on the WTA Tour and did not expect to be hired until the end of the season.

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