After Sorana Cirstea’s Wimbledon victory, Emma Raducanu’s coach had only one word to say to Sue Barker.
Emma Raducanu is making a name for herself at Wimbledon this year.
Following Emma Raducanu’s third-round victory over Sorana Cirstea at Wimbledon, her coach Nigel Sears was clearly as impressed as the rest of Court One. Raducanu advanced to the fourth round of her maiden Grand Slam by defeating Cirstea 6-3, 7-5. The kid is yet to lose a set in the event and put up a strong performance in front of her home crowd on Saturday.
Cirstea took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but Raducanu won the next eight games to take command.
In the second set, Cirstea rallied back, but the Brit held on for a spectacular victory.
Sue Barker will once again be in charge of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage this year.
She also detailed a quick talk she had with coach Sears after the match.
“Nigel Sears was just sitting up here and I just shouted ‘unbelievable,’” Barker added.
“All he did was nod and say, ‘Absolutely.’ It’s simply amazing.”
Raducanu’s performance astounded Barker, who continued, “But she’s just having fun out there, that’s what she said she had to do.”
“Everything was a complete joy. She hit thirty winners against a player who is perhaps playing her best tennis.”
Tracy Austin, a former US Open champion and Wimbledon semi-finalist, claims Raducanu has produced a star.
“Without a doubt [a celebrity is born],“ Austin reflected. She was fearless from the start when she came out.
“Until this year’s Wimbledon, she’d never won a WTA match, and now she’s playing on Court One, she’s a Brit, you know she’s gotten a lot more attention in the last few days, and she did go down 3-1 at the start, didn’t look nervous, it was just Cirstea was playing very well, and then she won eight games in a row.
“She strikes me as a formidable contender. Because she can rebound quickly after a bad point or a long game, as she did in the middle of the second set.
“So she’s a pretty clever player, she’s got a terrific court awareness, and she’s a phenomenal athlete,” says the coach.
“Her ability to track down the extra ball, she attacks, she has the defense, she has the offense, she even appears to have the demeanor, that even-keeled demeanor and temperament.”
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