Briton Emma Raducanu is enjoying quite the beginning of her tennis career because the 18-year-old reached Wimbledon’s fourth round on Saturday. A wild card entry to the tournament, Raducanu is yet to drop a group on her slam debut as she saw off Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 7-5 on Wimbledon’s No. 1 Court. The youngest British woman to succeed in the fourth round at Wimbledon within the Open era, Raducanu paid tribute to the backing of fans she received during her match against Cirstea.
“I’m with great care so grateful for all the support that I had today,” Raducanu, who was born in Canada, told the Wimbledon website. “I really appreciate it. this is often far and away from the most important court, I’ve played on.
“I think that I coped quite well. I used to be 3-1 down within the first set but I just tried to carry my nerve. you actually got me through — within the second set, and therefore the first set, the entire match really.” World No. 338 Raducanu’s extended run at Wimbledon must even be surprising her parents. “It’s funny because once I was packing to return into the bubble my parents said ‘Aren’t you packing too many sets of match kit?’ said Raducanu.
“I think I’m getting to need to do some laundry tonight but I feel they need a laundry service at the hotel so I’m all good.” Despite only making her Tour debut in Nottingham in June, Raducanu has already earned herself nearly $40,000 in career prize. She’s not just cleaning up financially at Wimbledon. “Just watched the top of Emma Raducanu’s match,” tweeted former US star James Blake after Raducanu beat Markéta Vondroušová on Thursday within the second round. “Tremendous performance for a [wild card] at 18 years old but, possibly more impressive, I saw her pack up her own trash at the top of the match. Don’t see that always. Great habit. Don’t change,” Blake observed of Raducanu, who will now face unseeded Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday.