Emma Raducanu On Fast Track To Greatness
Toronto-born teen Emma Raducanu is on the fast-track to becoming Britain’s first Grand Slam finalist since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon 1977.
The 18-year-old is set to make her debut appearance at Flushing Meadows when she’ll walk out for what promises to be a stunner of a semi-final match opposite 17th seed Maria Sakkari of Greece. This after she pushed her way through the entire qualifying campaign without dropping as much as even a single set.
Making It For Britain
Ranked all the way down at 338 on the world rankings list, and with only a single Tour-level match to speak off, she eventually persuaded Wimbledon organisers to offer her a wild card into the main draw of the competition after she made it all the way into the quarter-finals of a lower-level tournament.
She then stunned fans and organisers alike when she became the youngest British woman to reach the second week of Wimbledon in the Open era. She did this by powering her way past 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova, Sorana Cirstea, and Vitalia Diatchenko.
Commenting on her wild card entry at Wimbledon, the youngster said she was extremely grateful for the opportunity to play in the world-class tournament – and adding that she was eager to make the most of it as well as to try and show that she had truly earned the chance to prove herself on a global stage.
Overcoming The Odds
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the youngster from Kent. After struggling with breathing issues against Ajla Tomljanovic on Centre Court, John McEnroe openly questioned her abilities on social media while surmising about whether the occasion had perhaps just been “too much, too fast”. This eventually led to an eruption from television commentators and fans, which proved a good example of just how harsh the spotlight can be for a young player.
Raducanu however showed the world exactly what she’s really made of by taking it all in her stride without missing as much as a beat of the action.
The youngster has been exceptionally fortunate in the way she’s managed to glide through the motions at Flushing Meadows. She’s now also the first qualifier ever to reach the final four – something that will undoubtedly provide a lot of momentum and confidence as she enters Friday’s match.