‘I’m having a blast’: Emma Raducanu promises to enjoy wildcard…

'I'm having a blast': Emma Raducanu promises to enjoy wildcard…
‘I’m having a blast’: Emma Raducanu promises to enjoy wildcard…

 

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Last modified on Sat 3 Jul 2021 13.14 EDT

Emma Raducanu says she wants to “stay here as long as possible” after she became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon since 1959.

The 18-year-old wildcard, who will get her A-level results next month, defeated Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 7-5 and will face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday for a spot in the quarter-finals.

“The way I approach my matches is every time I think to myself, why not?” she said.

“Today I was like, someone has to be in the second week, why not me? I’m just trying to stay here as long as possible. I’m just having so much fun.”

Few people expected Raducanu, the world number 338, to go far in the tournament, not least because she had never played a match at WTA Tour level before arriving at Wimbledon.

Raducanu joked that her parents didn’t expect her to get very far either. “It’s funny because in the beginning, when I was packing to get into the bubble, my parents said, ‘Don’t you pack too many match sets?’” she said.

“I have to do some laundry tonight, but they have a laundry service at the hotel, so I’m all right.”

The teenager is guaranteed at least £181,000 before reaching round four and has already thought about how she might spend some of it. “The first thing I would do is take my team and treat them to a meal,” she said.

“They have been very supportive of me over the years. It hasn’t always been easy. They certainly deserve a nice meal. We would have a great evening.”

Raducanu hopes her fourth round match with Tomljanovic will be top billed. “It would mean a lot to me to play on Center Court,” she said.

“That’s what everyone dreams of, especially being British. I would be so grateful for that opportunity.

“I would love to go out and try to embrace the crowd like I did today.

“We’ll see what happens. I’m really looking forward to it no matter what.

 

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