LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain plays a forehand in her Girls' Singles first round match on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tennis | Wimbledon 2021 | Emma Raducanu in third round action as she bids to make week two at SW19
Next up is former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova
LONDON, UK – Emma Raducanu delighted crowds to book her spot in the third round but she continues to face more experienced tour players.
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Emma Raducanu [W] def. Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 6-4
In the first set, it was hard to remember that not only was the 18-year-old Emma Raducanu in the main draw for the first time after two failed attempts to get out of qualification, but she was up against a former Slam finalist, Marketa Vondrousova.
From the start Raducanu played assured, solid and aggressive tennis. Nothing seemed to work for queen of the drop shots, Vondrousova as the Brit broke her twice in succession in the middle of the first set.
Maybe the enormity of the occasion started to play on the teenager’s mind as Vondrousova got off to a far quicker start in the second set.
But she did not panic and worked her way back into the match with the crowd getting behind her every step of the way, and once she got her nose in front, Vondrousova seemed to retreat once more into her shell, as Raducanu held her nerve to serve it out.
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Where we thought that Raducanu simply did not lack the finishing instinct, we were proved wrong against a former Slam finalist, so this should give her a lot of confidence. With that, of course, comes a weight of expectation and on Court 1, it will be interesting to see how the teen copes.
In terms of her game, her aggressive style of play and fighting spirit will match up well against Cirstea’s brand of power play, and the key will be for Raducanu to draw her into the errors she can be prone to.
Both are rangy competitors with good court coverage so it all comes down to whether or not Cirstea can keep her nerve in front of a hopefully packed (as much as it can be) crowd to kick off Court No. 1’s action.
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