Raducanu debuted his Top 20 status with an unexpected crash


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Raducanu debuted his Top 20 status with an unexpected crash

This week, the 18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the fifth British to break into the Top 20, but couldn’t show off her ranking on the pitch: For the last 16 of the WTA in Linz, she lost against the Chinese Xinyu Wang (106th) by 6-1, 6-7 (0), 7-5 in more than two and a half hours of battle to end her season.

The 2021 US Open champion was surprised by the powerful 20-year-old player -Former 2nd in the junior world, semifinalist at Wimbledon and the Australian Open Under 18-.

Towards the end of the match, Raducanu suffered some annoyances that did not allow her to play 100% of the final games of the match (she was the first seeded in Linz), but the balance of her season is still fantastic: he started out of the Top 300 and ends it with his first Major at Flushing Meadows since qualifying, round of 16 at Wimbledon and the Top 20 assured, something historic for Great Britain.

Virginia Wade (former No. 2; champion of the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon) in 1975, Sue barker (3rd; Roland Garros champion) in 1977, Jo durie (5th; Roland Garros and US Open semifinalist) in 1984 and Johanna konta (4th; Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon semi-finalists) are the other four Britons who made it to the Top 20 and eventually the Top 10 too, something Raducanu – the youngest in that lot currently – will be looking for in 2022.


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