It was maybe a wise decision to build up Emma Raducanu’s ascension by putting her early on Court No. 1 where an enthusiastic crowd got behind her and willed her on to a masterful victory over Sorana Cirstea.
It will have been a complete reversal for Cirstea, who had the backing of the crowd over her solid win over two-time Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, as she was the first to break the teenager. However, that brief lead was soon eradicated as Raducanu proceeded to reel off five games in a row to take the first set.
It would not be the first time she had to gather her wits and fight back as Cirstea jumped out to a 3-0 lead and once more Raducanu had to dig deep get the break back and forced Cirstea to toil to save five break points in one game.
The 18-year-old broke for a straight sets win over the far more experienced player to rapturous applause in the court and out on the grounds.
Raducanu v Ajla Tomljanovic | H2H & Match Fundamentals
Watching her performance on a large show court, against a vastly more experienced player, it was hard to believe that only a few weeks before, Raducanu had lost her first tour-level match in Nottingham. Her run the following week in a lower tier ITF event earned her a wildcard where she has won her tour level matches with quite some style.
Modelling her style on the creativity of Li Na and the gritty scrambling aggression of Simona Halep, at times Raducanu was almost Andy Murray-esque.
However over the net will be someone who is not at all afraid of standing her ground if the war of words on and off the court from Ajla Tomljanovic is anything to go buy. The Croatian-turned-Aussie came from a set and a break behind not to mention all kinds of antics and arguments to beat Jelena Ostapenko to book her spot in the fourth round for the first time
Both players are in uncharted territory now and while the stats are pretty favourable for Raducanu, she will still need to try and play point by point and not get too carried away against the big serving Aussie who can punish with her backhand.
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