Emma Raducanu is the only British woman left in the singles draw after the 18-year-old stunned the world; she just made her first WTA prominent draw appearance last month at the Nottingham Open and is currently in the fourth round Wimbledon.
She was initially only awarded a qualifying wild card to Wimbledon but was upgraded following excellent performances on the grass in Nottingham, and the decision was fully justified when she won her debut against Vitalia Diatchenko.
Raducanu, a wild card entrant, has yet to drop a set in her grand slam debut, defeating Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 7-5 on Wimbledon’s No. 1 Court. Raducanu, the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon in the Open era, praised the support she received from spectators throughout her match against Cirstea.
The world No 338 became the youngest British woman to reach round three since the late Elena Baltacha in 2002, as she outlasted Romanian world No 45 Sorana Cirstea. She now faces world No. 75 Ajla Tomljanovic in the fourth round on Monday, and she is not ready to call it quits just yet.
Raducanu was born in Canada to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother before migrating to the United Kingdom when she was two years old. Her grandma still lives in Bucharest, which the adolescent visits a few times a year.
“To be honest, I enjoy the cuisine. I mean, the cuisine is incredible. My grandmother’s cuisine is likewise exceptional.”
She was doing her A-levels in maths and economics at Newstead School in Orpington in April.
Surprising even her parents
Raducanu’s lengthy run at Wimbledon must have surprised her parents as well.
“It’s amusing because when I was packing to enter the bubble, my folks asked, ‘Aren’t you carrying too many sets of match kit?'” Raducanu stated.
“I guess I’ll have to do some washing tonight, but the hotel has a laundry service, so I’ll be OK.”
Despite making her Tour debut in June in Nottingham, Raducanu has already collected over $40,000 in career prize money.
She isn’t only doing well monetarily at Wimbledon.
“Just saw the conclusion of Emma Raducanu’s match,” former US star James Blake tweeted after Raducanu defeated Markéta Vondrouová in the second round on Thursday.
Blake stated, “Fantastic performance for a [wild card] at 18 years old, but maybe even more amazing was seeing her clean up her own garbage at the end of the match. That doesn’t happen very often. Excellent practice. Don’t alter.” Raducanu will now face unseeded Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday.
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