Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon dream goes on after win over Sorana Cirstea

  • British teenager into fourth round after 6-3, 7-5 victory
  • Raducanu left ‘speechless’ after win over world No 45

Emma Raducanu walked on to Court No 1 on Saturday with a huge smile, her arm raised high, soaking in the atmosphere on her first experience on a show court at Wimbledon. Less than two hours later, the 18-year-old left as the youngest British woman to reach the second week since 1959 and with a standing ovation ringing in her ears.

Ranked No 338 and having never played a Tour-level match before the start of the week, Raducanu showed she has the game, the fight and the mental fortitude for the very top level. Her 6-3, 7-5 win over Sorana Cirstea, the world No 45 from Romania, was a mixture of brilliance and determination, a stunning effort that will take her well inside the world’s top 200 and which bodes well for the future.

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