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British Breakout Star Raducanu Continues SW19 Dream Run

Emma Raducanu wrapped up her final exams at school a few months ago.

The 18-year-old British wild card continues to ace every test at Wimbledon.

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Continuing her major dream run, world No. 338 Raducanu unleashed an eight-game surge surprising Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 7-5 to make history as the youngest British woman to reach the Wimbledon round of 16. She's done it without surrendering a set.

"Honestly, I am so speechless right now, at the end I didn't know what my reaction would be if I won and that just happened," Raducanu told the appreciative crowds on No. 1 Court. " I am so so grateful for all the support I had today."

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Down a break at 1-3, Raducanu caught fire torching her forehand into all corners of the court igniting that eight-game run that saw her break Cirstea four times in row. Raducanu credits her positive approach to her breakthrough blast in her maiden major.

"I'm so grateful for this wild card. Honestly, I just wanted to make the most out of it, try to show that I earned it, try to make the most out of it," said Raducanu, who grew up looking up to Simona Halep and Li Na. "I'm really grateful for the All England Club's support in taking a chance on me. And the way that I'm approaching my matches is each time I'm thinking to myself, Why not?

"Like today, I was like, Someone has to be in the second week, why not me? I think that's how I'm approaching it. I'm just trying to stay here as long as possible. As I said, I'm just having such a blast. Everything is so well taken care of that it's such a pleasure to be here."

All this from the teenager who earned her first Tour-level win in the opening round stopping Vitalia Diatchenko. Raducanu followed that up sweeping 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova in round two. Raducanu joins Roland Garros champion Barbora Krecikova, Elena Rybakin and Liudmila Samsonova as the fourth woman to reach the fourth round in her Wimbledon debut.

Prior to this run, Raducanu's best career win was a victory over world No. 112 Timea Babos on the grass of Nottingham last month. Next up for Raducanu is a Manic Monday match vs. Ajla Tomljanovic, who fought off Jelena Ostapenko in a contentious clash.

But first, the second-youngest woman still standing in the draw had to take care of some business: laundry. Raducanu, who revealed her parents joked she packed too many clothes when she departed home for the Wimbledon bubble, has run out of tennis clothes during this wondrous run.

"I went into the changing rooms. Yeah, they were happy to help me out with some laundry," Raducanu said. "I'll get that sorted today and Monday I'll have a fresh kit ready to go."

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