A dream tournament. That’s what he’s living Emma Raducanu (338th) at Wimbledon, who beat Sorana Cirstea (45th) 6-3 7-5 in the third round and reached the round of 16, making her the youngest Briton to reach to this instance in the Open Era.
In this way, together with Liudmila Samsonova, Both entered with an invitation to the London tournament, marking the first year in the Open Era in which two tennis players with this condition advance to the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
And it is that a few months ago, Raducanu was studying for his university entrance exams, while playing Futures tournaments and making his WTA debut in Nottingham.
“I set very high expectations”, The British said after beating Marketa Vondrousova, while acknowledging that whether she has to choose between getting tens on her grades (the results of which she is waiting for) or reaching the eighth at Wimbledon, there is no question. “I choose the eighths,” he said.
With a Chinese mother and a Romanian father, Raducanu came to live in the UK when she was two years old, from Canada. It was here that he started playing tennis, after trying ballet, skiing, golf and even go-karts. But the English federation discovered his talent with the racket and it is here that his connection to a British tennis legend comes. His coach, Nigel Sears, is the father of Kim, Andy Murray’s wife.
At the age of 15 she started training with him, developing a talent that dazzles Wimbledon and that Garbiñe Muguruza blessed.
“I’m not surprised,” the Spaniard, who rallied with her before the tournament, said of her success. “He has a great pace and a great attitude on the court.. There are many players who play well, but she was very nice and humble. I loved training with her and hopefully do more in the future. “
“I was delighted to train with her and see how intense she is. The head made me ‘click‘. This is the level I have to train at, I thought. I have to have this intensity if I want to achieve something remotely close to what she has achieved, “Raducanu contributed at a press conference.
With his aggressive play and powerful backhand, Raducanu, who shoots winners everywhere, has already raised the illusion of the English people. She is the only British left in the women’s team.
On his shoulders, the pressure of taking over from an inconsistent generation of British tennis players, whose best player has been Johanna Konta. His next opponent, to continue advancing at Wimbledon, will be Ajla Tomljanovic (75th).