18-Year-Old Emma Raducanu Makes History Outclassing Sorana Cirstea at Wimbledon Championships R3

Published 07/03/2021, 9:49 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu reacts during her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


18-year-old British professional Emma Raducanu made headlines after her two stunning victories at Wimbledon Championships 2021. Now, she had even a bigger task, taking on the Victoria Azarenka conqueror, Sorana Cirstea, in the third round. Ultimately, the young aspirant exceeded all expectations, outclassing the Romanian in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.

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Moreover, Raducanu must have had no idea what had been waiting for her in the All England Club. But after three extraordinary wins, she has now entered the history books of the Championships. Notably, Emma Raducanu is now the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the tournament. It is a record that broke after 1979.

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It is the clean hitting along with her solid service game that brought her success so quickly. It would be interesting to see if she could maintain the same level in the second week in Wimbledon.

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Emma Raducanu vs. Sorana Cirstea: Wimbledon Championships 2021 R3

Even before the match began, tennis fans knew what this first-time encounter between Emma and Sorana had to offer. Coming from an exceptional triumph in the previous round, both showed great promise to go ahead. In the end, it came down to the one who wanted to win the match more than the other.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu in action during her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Keeping to her strengths, Raducanu found the perfect momentum to dominate the opening set. Also, with Sorana giving her easy points, the young British professional wasted no opportunity to go in the front. Consequently, Raducanu confirmed the first set for herself, winning it comfortably 6-3 with one set away from history.

Afterward, many would assume that the youngster might slow down in the second set. But no, Raducanu broke Sorana immediately to get a 3-0 lead in the second. Naturally, the fans roared in her support as she almost completed the Romanian test. Yet, the question that had hit many minds was: Will she keep up with her performance?

Eventually, the British youngster did drop her level slightly, and it was everything Cirstea needed. In no time, the Romanian recovered her loss and leveled the games at 3-3.

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Following that, Raducanu settled down and held her service game to come ahead again at 4-3. Both not ready to give up on their dream played the longest game of the match. In the end, Cirstea got the right shot in place to bring the score back to 4-4.

Unquestionably, the young Brit was not happy with the outcome of the last game, yet she showed steely nerves to hold serve and pushed herself one game away. At 6-5, Raducanu sealed the deal and fixed her place in the next round.

Do you think the young British professional will complete her dream run in Wimbledon Championships 2021?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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