Wimbledon 2021: Emma Raducanu books spot in fourth round after beating World No 45 Sorana Cirstea – Asia Despatch

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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 – guaranteeing her a pay out of £181,000 in prize money (SIX times her career earnings to date!)

  • 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 had won just £29,000 in prize money before this week and is now guaranteed a cheque of at least £181,000 – six times her career earnings
  • 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. 

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. 

Emma Raducanu's fairytale Wimbledon journey continues after she beat Sorana Cirstea

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

The 18-year-old wildcard entry beat the Romanian on Court One, winning it in straight sets

Raducanu collapses to the ground after her victory over Cirstea was confirmed

Raducanu collapses to the ground after her victory over Cirstea was confirmed

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 am so speechless right now, at the end I didn’t know what my reaction would be if I won and that just happened,’ Raducanu said after her win. ‘I am so so grateful for all the support I had today. 

When asked about playing in the second week, she said: ‘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’s performance caught the eye of the nation, while former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher tweeted: ‘Emma Raducanu BIBLICAL.’

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Cirstea fought back in the second set but was overpowered by the British teenager

Cirstea fought back in the second set but was overpowered by the British teenager

The Romanian (left) crossed to Raducanu's side of the court to congratulate her on her win

The Romanian (left) crossed to Raducanu’s side of the court to congratulate her on her win

The teenager, who has just £29,000 in career earnings before this week, is guaranteed at least £181,000 after reaching the fourth round

The teenager, who has just £29,000 in career earnings before this week, is guaranteed at least £181,000 after reaching the fourth round

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