Emma Raducanu – Britain’s new tennis hope?


As Andy Murray’s emphatic profession winds down, as followers we’re all the time looking out for the subsequent British star. Has Wimbledon served up his successor?

Just a few gamers have proven that kind of promise – Kyle Edmund and Cam Norrie to call just a few. Even only in the near past, 19-year-old Jack Draper took a set off Novak Djokovic in his first-round match towards the Serbian at SW19.

However British wildcard Emma Raducanu has made it to the fourth-round of the Ladies’s singles in fairly extraordinary style. To place this exceptional run into context, earlier than this 12 months’s grass season, Raducanu had by no means competed in the principle draw of a prime stage match and she or he arrived at Wimbledon ranked No 338 on the planet, having by no means confronted a prime 100 opponent.

The 18-year-old dispatched Vitalia Diatchenko within the opening spherical in straight units, earlier than cruising previous Marketa Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open finalist and positioned 296 larger within the rankings. Her third-round encounter noticed her come up towards Sorana Cirstea, and the end result was the identical  – one other straight units victory.

The children appear to be doing it for themselves this summer time alright – England’s Euro 2020 squad is affected by younger expertise with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden, and likewise, Raducanu’s story to this point is one other traditional instance of in the event that they’re ok, they’re sufficiently old.

She faces a troublesome take a look at within the fourth-round on Manic Monday towards Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, who’s ranked seventy fifth on the planet, however she doesn’t need the journey to finish simply but.

“It’s unbelievable. I’m so grateful for this wild card,” she mentioned. “Truthfully, I simply wished to take advantage of out of it, attempt to present that I earned it, attempt to take advantage of out of it. I’m actually grateful for the All England Membership’s assist in taking an opportunity on me.

“And the way in which that I’m approaching my matches is every time I’m pondering to myself, ‘Why not?’. Like in the present day, I used to be like, ‘Somebody must be within the second week, why not me?’. I feel that’s how I’m approaching it.”

Let’s hope her unbelievable journey can proceed on Monday afternoon.

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