BREAKING NEWS: British sensation Emma Raducanu, 18, books her spot in the fourth round of Wimbledon as wildcard entry beats World No 45 Sorana Cirstea on Court One as her fairytale journey at SW19 continues
- Emma Raducanu secured another shock win at SW19, beating Sorana Cirstea
- 18-year-old wildcard entry beat the World No 45 in straight-sets on Court One
- Raducanu is playing in her first Grand Slam women’s singles tournament
Emma Raducanu has sensationally booked her spot in the fourth round at Wimbledon with an impressive straight-sets victory over world No 45 Sorana Cirstea, as the British teenager’s fairytale journey continues.
The 18-year-old, who is awaiting the results of her A-Level maths and economics exams, beat the Romanian on Court One, winning the contest in straight sets 6-4 7-5.
However, the wildcard entry was made to work in the second set, just losing out on an epic 15-minute battle which saw Cirstea fight hard to stay in the match on her own service game.
Emma Raducanu’s fairytale Wimbledon journey continues after she beat Sorana Cirstea
The 18-year-old wildcard entry beat the Romanian on Court One, winning it in straight sets
But after that long, drawn-out set at 4-3, Raducanu composed herself and dispatched her opponent in impressive style, given the lack of experience she has at this level.
Raducanu had won just £29,000 in career prize money before this week and is now guaranteed a cheque of at least £181,000 after getting into the fourth round.
The world No 338 finished school just two months ago and this is her first time at Wimbledon or any other Grand Slam.
‘Honestly, I’m so speechless right now,’ Raducanu said after her win. ‘I’m so grateful for all the support I had today.
‘This is by far the biggest court I’be played on. I was 3-1 down in the first set and I held my nerve and you [the crowd] helped me through the first and second set – and the whole match really.’
When asked about playing in the second week, she said: ‘Would’ve thought? When I was packing to go into the bubble, my parents asked if I packed too many sets of match kits. I’m going to have to do a lot more laundry tonight.’
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Cirstea fought back in the second set but was overpowered by the British teenager