British teenage star Emma Raducanu seals remarkable Wimbledon win to reach third round
Emma Raducanu continued her remarkable Wimbledon story in remaining Britain’s only representative in the women’s side of the draw with an incredible win over Marketa Vondrousova in the second round.
The Londoner, 18, won her first ever Tour-level match in the opening round. And today Raducanu shocked former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 6-4 on Court 12.
Raducanu had already caused a huge upset in the first round when she defeated Vitalia Diatchenko, who was ranked nearly 200 places higher.
She has long been earmarked as a star of the future having impressed at junior level.
But if even she was surprised at grabbing her first win at a Grand Slam earlier this week.
She said: “I still can’t quite believe it. I had to actually double-check the score at the end of the match. I thought it was a first serve maybe.
“I’m just really pleased to be into the second round. I feel like I’m playing and everything is just a bonus to me right now. I’m just really enjoying myself, just taking the moment in really.
“The support I had today was quite incredible. They definitely pushed me through some of the tough moments.”
Against Vondrousova, Raducanu was up against an ever tougher test with the 22-year-old finishing runner-up in the 2019 French Open final.
But Raducanu looked far from fazed by the level of her opposition, making a fast start in the first set.
She won the first set in 29 minutes and then battled back from 0-3 down in the second set to win in one hour and 12 minutes.
The world 338 only sat her A Levels two months ago – and is now guaranteed to win at least £115,00.
She will face Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the next round, who defeated No 12 seed Victoria Azarenka.
Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and Andy Murray are the British male representatives in the third round of Wimbledon.
Norrie beat Australian Alex Bolt in straight sets to set up a match against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
“I think the guy’s obviously such a legend of the game, he’s very comfortable here, very confident here. He’s won a lot, probably more than any other slam here. He’s very successful here at Wimbledon,” Norrie said.
“Yeah, first of all, it’s just going to be a pleasure to play against him again. I played him once before. He absolutely whacked me pretty easily. I’m going to just look at it like any other match.”
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