Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu will pocket £115,000 for reaching the third round
Venue: All England Club Dates: 28 June-11 July
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Eighteen-year-old British wildcard Emma Raducanu stunned former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets to reach the Wimbledon third round.

Raducanu, who finished her A-Levels two months ago, won 6-2 6-4.

Ranked 338th in the world, she will next face Sorana Cirstea after the Romanian defeated Victoria Azarenka.

Raducanu is making her Grand Slam debut, having only made her maiden appearance on the WTA Tour in June.

But she has been touted as the future of British women’s tennis, earning a Fed Cup call-up earlier in the year, and continues as the only female Briton remaining in the Wimbledon singles draw.

She will pocket £115,000 for reaching the third round – around four times her career earnings to date of $39,558 (£28,762).

Raducanu defeated Russian’s Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round on Wednesday, before her shock win over Czech world number 41 Vondrousova.

She looked dominant from the off on court 12. After Vondrousova held her opening service game, Raducanu then won five games on the bounce to go a double break up.

It left her opponent stunned, the 22-year-old frequently shaking her head in frustration as she struggled to contain the even younger whipper-snapper on the other side of the net.

But in the second set, it looked as though Vondrousova was going to take back control, winning the first three games as the nerves crept into Raducanu’s play.

Yet buoyed by the home crowd, Raducanu managed to scramble her way back, her powerful hitting helping her to twice break back before Vondrousova sent a forehand return into the net to hand the Briton victory.

Source: BBC

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