‘Can’t really put my emotions into words,’ says British teenager Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu says she is struggling to put her emotions into words after she continued her incredible run at Wimbledon.

The teenager has surprised the tennis world by reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon and is the only British hope left in the competition.

It is an incredible achievement for the player ranked 338th, who started the main draw as the lowest-ranked player in the field but has now become the youngest British woman to ever go this far in the tournament.

The 18-year-old, who has just sat her A-levels, has never beaten a top 100 player before, but defeated former Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova in the second round, before notching her biggest win to date over World No.45 Sorana Cirstea.

After the match, Raducanu, who was cheered on in Court One by a raucous crowd, said she was ‘buzzing’ from the result and is really enjoying herself.

“My emotions were, I just couldn’t put them into words really,” Raducanu said, in her post-match press conference.

“I was so overwhelmed. The last point, I kind of just dropped my racquet and fell to the floor. It was just also instinctive and in the moment. I had no idea what just happened. Right now I’m on such a buzz and such a high.

“I knew Sorana was a very tough opponent,” Raducanu said.

“I really, really respect the way that [Cirstea] competes and fights, also her game.

“3-0, [0-40], then she came back and came out with big serves on the big points. Hitting the ball very close to the lines. So it was difficult for me.”

Raducanu said playing on Court One at Wimbledon was a dream come true and really inspired her game and she even surprised herself with some of the shots.

“I just thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to go out there and have fun.’ I really think I did. I’d never played such good tennis in some of the points. I was just having so much fun.

“I just thought that playing on Court 1 at Wimbledon is what you dream of. Not many people get the opportunity to. I was like, ‘Wow, this is such an experience, such an opportunity.’

“I couldn’t believe some of [the winners] myself,” Raducanu said. “I think playing on Court 1, you’re definitely inspired. You do things maybe you don’t normally do.”

She will now face Ajla Tomljanovic in the next round with a potential quarter final clash with Ashleigh Barty a possibility.

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