Emma Raducanu has been awarded a wild card for the Miami Open which takes place at the iconic Hard Rock Stadium from March 17-31, live on Sky Sports Tennis.

The former US Open champion, who is ranked at No 252 in the world, was beaten in the first round by Anhelina Kalinina in her last match at the Qatar Open.

Raducanu has already used wild cards to enter tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Qatar in February and she is expected to play in the main draw at Indian Wells, starting on Wednesday, March 6.

The Brit has a protected ranking of 103, which is not high enough to secure a spot in the main draw at Indian Wells.

There are 96 singles players who get direct entry into the prestigious tournament along with 12 qualifiers and eight wild cards.

Two of those wild cards have been given to Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams, and it has been reported that Raducanu has flown to Los Angeles and is expected to play at the Masters 1000 event in the desert.

What is a protected ranking?

A player who is out of competition for more than six months but less than one year may use her special ranking for up to eight tournaments in a one-year period.

A player who is out of competition for one year or more may use her special ranking for up to 12 tournaments in a one-year period.

If a player is out of competition due to pregnancy or a medical condition, she is allowed three years to use her special ranking. In the event of pregnancy, the time period is calculated from the birth of the child.

Upon her return, a player is eligible to use her special ranking for seeding purposes at the first eight WTA tournaments she plays.

A player may freeze her ranking up to two times. Under the previous rule, a player was allowed to freeze her ranking just once.

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Non-Sky subscribers can stream live matches with a NOW Sports Day and Month Membership, via Sky Sports Tennis, Sky Sports Arena, and Sky Sports Mix channels.

For further access, fans will also be able to follow their favourite players and gain deeper insights from both Tours via Sky Sports News, the Sky Sports app, on SkySports.com and via Sky Sports social channels.

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