Emma Raducanu, the new British hope at 18

At first hour of the morning, Emma raducanu He was walking around the All England Club after his morning training session. The British woman was escorted by the security of the tournament to the changing rooms, while she walked carrying her bag and a perennial smile that she would not lose for the rest of the day, nor during her victory against Sorana Cirstea on track 1.

Not only did it not shrink in its premiere on a large court, but it enjoyed it like the most. At 18, the new British pearl was exhibited against Sorana Cirstea, whom she defeated to place in the second week of Wimbledon (6-3 and 7-5) and extend her baptism in professional tennis.

Raducanu, located beyond the 300th place in the ranking and in the tournament thanks to an invitation, began to shine when she defeated the Russian Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round. It was a victory of merit, but his real explosion came to the next match, when he defeated Marketa Vondrousova, a true Grand Slam finalist.

And the thing is that a few months ago, Raducanu, who had just reached the age of majority, was studying for his university entrance exams, combining it with Futures tournaments and its premiere in WTA in Nottingham, thanks to a ‘wildcard’.

“I have very high expectations for myself,” said the Briton after beating Vondrousova, while acknowledging that whether she has to choose between getting a 10 on her grades (the results of which she is hoping for) or reaching the eighth at Wimbledon, there is no question. “I choose the eighth.”

With a Chinese mother and a Romanian father, Raducanu came to live in the United Kingdom when he was two years old, from Canada. It was here that he started playing tennis, after trying ballet, skiing, golf and even go-karts. But the English federation discovered his talent with the racket and it is here that his connection to a British tennis legend comes. His trainer, Nigel Sears, is the father of Kim, the wife of Andy Murray.

At the age of 15 she began training with him, developing a talent that dazzles Wimbledon and that blessed Garbiñe Muguruza.

“I’m not surprised,” the Spaniard, who rallied with her before the tournament, said of her success. “She has a great pace and a great attitude on court. There are a lot of players who play well, but she was very nice and humble. I loved training with her and hopefully doing more in the future.”

“I was delighted to train with her and see how intense she is. My head clicked. This is the level I have to train at, I thought. I have to have this intensity if I want to achieve anything remotely close to what she has. achieved “, Raducanu contributed at a press conference.

With his aggressive play and powerful backhand, Raducanu, who shoots winners everywhere, has already raised the illusion of the English people. She is the only British left in the women’s draw and could be the only remaining singles if Cameron norrie loses to Roger Federer.

On their shoulders, the pressure of taking over from an inconsistent generation of British tennis players, whose best player has been Johanna konta. At the moment, he is waiting to know his university entrance results and his opponent in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. A week out of ten for new British talent.