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Emma Raducanu: British teen tennis star through to final 16 at Wimbledon

Teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has won through to the final 16 at the Wimbledon Championships after a straight sets victory in the third round.

The 18-year-old’s fairytale debut tournament continued with a stunning triumph over world number 45 Sorana Cirstea on Court One that ended 6-3 7-5.

The breakthrough Wimbledon star, who is waiting for her A-Level results, has quickly become the story of the Championships, previously beating qualifier Vitalia Diatchenko and former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova to reach the third round without dropping a set.

Raducanu’s latest winning performance caught the eye of singer Liam Gallagher, who tweeted: “Emma Raducanu BIBLICAL.”

Speaking in her post-match on-court interview, she said: “Honestly, I am so speechless right now, at the end I didn’t know what my reaction would be if I won and that just happened, I am so so grateful for all the support I had today.

“Who would have thought, it is funny because at the start when I was packing to come into the bubble, my parents were like, ‘Aren’t you packing too many sets of match kit?’.

“I think I am going to have to do some laundry tonight, but I think they have a laundry service at the hotel, so I am all good.”

Raducanu has been known as a serious talent within the British game for many years, but making the leap from juniors to seniors can be notoriously difficult.

However, the Kent teenager, who was a quarter-finalist in the junior event three years ago, has made the transition look seamless so far.

He coach, Nigel Sears, who as well as being Andy Murray’s father-in-law is one of the most experienced coaches on the women’s tour, said: “Quite frankly, I think the sky’s the limit.”

Raducanu stayed in school to complete A levels in maths and economics, only finishing a couple of months ago, with competitive tennis taking a back seat during the coronavirus pandemic.

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