Emma Raducanu responds after Andy Murray message as young Brit loving Wimbledon ‘holiday’

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Teenage wildcard Emma Raducanu reached the Wimbledon third round on her Grand Slam debut on Thursday night – and then claimed it was like being on holiday. The Londoner, 18, won her first ever Tour-level match in the opening round just two months after finishing her A Levels.

And on Thursday evening Raducanu, who is world No 338, shocked former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 on Court 12.

“I feel like I am on a holiday,” beamed Raducanu. “It is unbelievable. And I want to stay here as long as I can.

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“Playing in front of a home crowd helps, the support is so loud, they are so behind me. I have that in the back of my mind.

“I have tried to play every point like it was my match point or the last point of Wimbledon. I have been playing that trick with myself.”

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Andy Murray led the congratulations on social media as he tweeted “Let’s go @EmmaRaducanu”.

“I haven’t opened my phone yet and really grateful for the messages,” she added.

“I won’t be able to reply to all of them just yet. When I have downtime and I read those positives messages, it gives me a great feeling.”

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Raducanu only sat her A Levels two months ago – and is now guaranteed to win at least £115,00. That quadruples here career earnings until now of £28,754.

And she will bank £181,000 if she reaches the fourth round with a win on Saturday.

Asked if she would rather get good exam results in maths and economics or reach the fourth round, she laughed: “Definitely the fourth round!”

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Raducanu, whose father is from Bucharest, will now face Sorana Cirstea after the Romanian world No 45 beat Victoria Azarenka for the first time at the fifth attempt on a loud Court 1.

“I have to say I have been a professional since I was 16 years old but this was the best atmosphere I have ever had on a court.

“We have missed the public so much and today they helped me so much. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a match like this.”

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It is the first time since 2017 that four British players – Andy Murray, Jo Konta, Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene – have reached the third round.

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