Wimbledon 2021: Raducanu stuns former French Open finalist on day four

01/07/2021

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Emma Raducanu, 18, progressed to the third round at Wimbledon after upsetting former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 13 minutes.

Raducanu – who is making her main draw Wimbledon debut this year as a wildcard – defeated her first opponent ranked in the world’s top 50 with an impressive performance against Vondrousova.

The young British star is currently on the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme (PSP), the LTA’s highest level of support. This means players can access individually tailored support and world class coaching from the LTA Performance Team both at home and on Tour.

And in this contest she played well beyond her years with a masterful display of power and composure, which put her in complete control from the start of the match.

When the pressure was on, Raducanu shone the brightest – she broke the World No.42 in just her second service game before breaking again to go 5-1 up.

Not only did she take her chances in the opening set but she showed great toughness to save a couple of break point opportunities of her own - serving well throughout the match and winning 79% of points on her first serve.

A WTA title winner in Biel back in 2017, Vondrousova came out fighting at the start of the second – clinching the much needed early break to lead 3-0.

If anyone thought the occasion may have got to the Brit, they were soon proved wrong. After a minor blip, she soon picked up where she left off at the end of the second set. She grinded to save more break points and marched on from there to win six of the last seven games.

In the third round she will play Sorana Cirstea who stunned Victoria Azarenka in a three set victory earlier in the day.

Cam Norrie is through to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career after a commanding 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 win over Australia’s Alex Bolt.

Norrie joins Andy Murray and Dan Evans in the next round – the first time that three British men have reached the third round at The Championships since 1999.

Playing for the third day in a row and off the back of a gutsy performance against Lucas Pouille in the opening round, Norrie started slightly tense. The Australian – who recently won the Nottingham Trophy challenger event – took full advantage, wasting no time in stretching out to a 3-0 lead.

Norrie steadied himself with a hold and started to show glimpses of the play that took him all the way to a cinch Championships final earlier this month. He was moving more freely and started to put the Australian in difficult positions at the baseline, forcing a couple of errors to break back.

The British No.2, who was the first player to graduate from the LTA's Pro-Scholarship Programme at the end of 2019, is fast developing a reputation as one of the best strategists in the game. After only a few opening exchanges, it was clear that he was beginning to recognise how and where to exploit his opponent. He pushed on to win 11 consecutive games in a row to go a set and 5-0 up.

In the end, Bolt found it difficult to trouble the Brit who seemed to have an answer for everything he threw at him. On one point, he had Norrie racing side-to-side and then brought him in on the drop shot, only for Norrie to guide it down the line.

Norrie wrapped up the win in just an hour and 36 minutes and will now take on eight-time champion Roger Federer in the next round.

“It’s unbelievable to be back at Wimbledon this year," he said. "For everyone out here who came to support today, you guys were amazing and it was such a nice round of applause at the end there, it definitely made it feel more special.

“It's obviously unbelievable to have three British guys in the third round, especially for Andy. It's great for us to have each other to bounce off. All of us have good opportunities to go even further. It's great that we're all going deep, especially at Wimbledon.

“I've watched him (Federer) and I have a lot of respect for him and his team, what he's done to the sport and for the sport. It's going to be unbelievable regardless.”

The doubles draws got under way today with many of the Brits competing in both the men’s and women’s events.

Neal and Ken Skupski got off to a positive start to their campaign, winning in their battle of the Brits against Liam Broady and Ryna Peniston, clinching a 7-5, 6-3 victory. Next they will play the fourth seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, who they recently defeated in an ATP Tour final in Acapulco.

Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara are also through to the second round after pulling a stunning comeback to beat 10th seeds Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Joining them are Dom Inglot and Luke Bambridge who also defeated fellow Brits in a 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over James Ward and Stuart Parker.

Billie Jean King Cup duo Heather Watson and Harriet Dart kick-started the day with a big win as they beat Kaia Kanepi and Viking Open Nottingham finalist, Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-2. Up next they take on Petra Martic and Shelby Rogers.

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