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Emma Raducanu Breaks Out

Emma Raducanu had a good not sensational ITF junior career. Her results were okay… in her last junior slam she lost first round at Wimbedon in 2019 to Martyna Kubka 60 16 57.

At 2019 AO she lost first round to Himari Sato 26 57.

At 2018 US Open Emma lost in QF to Clara Burel 26 06.

At 2018 Wimbledon she lost in QF to Iga Swiatek 06 16.

It would appear Raducanu is one of those players who saved her best results for professional tennis not the junior circuit. Because this week the 338 ranked 18 year old is fast becoming a household name of tennis enthusiasts.

The journey as a pro for Raducanu has been a patient process.

In December 2019 she won an ITF $25,000 in Pune, India (defeated Naiktha Bains in F). Last February she reached a final in Sunderland and then did not play a pro tournament until June of this year in Nottingham, a 36 46 first round loss to Harriet Dart.

She next played a $100,000 ITF also in Nottingham a couple of weeks ago and won two rounds (beat Timea Babos and Storm Sanders both in straight sets) before losing to Tsvetana Pironkova 57 67 in QF.

Fortunately, Raducanu was granted a wildcard into the Wimbledon main draw and has seized the opportunity, beating Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova and today she upset veteran Sorana Cirstea. The formerly unknown Brit who was born in Toronto, Ontario, to a Chinese mom and Romanian father has advanced to the second week and fourth round of Wimbledon.

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  • catherine · July 4, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Scoop – Emma is a poster girl for junior development – her parents made sure she finished school (she’s just completed her final exams) to give her ‘something to fall back on’ and she’s had support from the LTA for a few years.

    Too soon to predict which way she’ll go – she’ll most likely lose to Tomjlanovic but it’s been a good W’don. As you suggest, she’s not amazingly precocious and that’s an advantage overall.

    BTW – Swiatek is another player who finished school and it doesn’t seem to have done her any harm.

  • catherine · July 4, 2021 at 1:41 am

    BTW – Emma lives in Bromley which is not far from me, middle class London suburb, and went to the same school as Diana Asher-Smith, Brit athlete. Her idols are Simona and Li Na, which makes sense 🙂

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 4, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Catherine, I had never heard of or seen Raducanu’s name before this tournament. Her junior results were ordinary though obviously they concentrated on pro at 16. Not so sure she won’t beat Tomljanovic, who is no world beater. I think the kid can knock Alja off. Raducanu has the same smile as Li Na.

  • catherine · July 5, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Trivia: Emma attended Newstead Wood School, selective girls state school, motto ‘Fortudine Crescamus’ – ‘may we grow in strength’. She studied economics and maths and her parents work in finance. So I don’t think there’ll be a problem with handling the £££s which will come to her if she’s successful. Nike seems to have signed her up already. Now get to work on that volley……

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 5, 2021 at 7:49 am

    The drama moment of Wimbledon happened yesterday with Ostapenko calling for a trainer at 0-4 down in the third with Tomljanovic about to serve. Ostapenko left the court for some kind of alleged abdominal injury which she showed no sign of pain before. Ajla complained about the gamesmanship to the chair umpire and called Ostapenko a liar with her sitting in her chair. Ostapenko at first endured the sharp rebuke but later retaliated verbally and the two had a spat at the handshake after Ajla won 6-1. Ajla was burned by a fake injury timeout momentum turner in a final by Yastremska and this time Ajla spoke her mind. Very interesting battle. Hopefully more players will follow Ajla’s lead and call out injury faking in the future. It will deter injury faking and it will add drama and spice to matches.



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