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Emma Raducanu Advances to Wimbledon Last 16 After Defeating Maria Sakkari

Emma Raducanu Advances to Wimbledon Last 16 After Defeating Maria Sakkari

Emma Raducanu continued her impressive run at Wimbledon, defeating Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-3 to reach the last 16. This victory marks only her second win over a top-10 player, and she now looks forward to a fourth-round match against New Zealand qualifier Lulu Sun, the world number 123.

Playing on a wildcard entry and ranked 135th, Raducanu showed dominance from the start. Under the Centre Court roof, she broke Sakkari’s serve in the first game and saved all five break points she faced. With the home crowd’s support, she secured another break for a 2-1 lead in the second set and sealed the match on her third match point.

Raducanu’s journey to Wimbledon has been marked by recent successes, including her first semi-final appearance of the year in Nottingham and a significant win against top-10 player Jessica Pegula in Eastbourne.

Reflecting on her performance, Raducanu expressed her joy, saying, “Today was really up there with the most fun I have had on a tennis court. I really enjoyed every single moment.”

Key Points:

  • Match Result: Raducanu defeated Sakkari 6-2, 6-3.
  • Next Opponent: Lulu Sun, world number 123 from New Zealand.
  • Recent Form: First semi-final of the year in Nottingham; victory over Jessica Pegula in Eastbourne.
  • Performance Highlights: Saved all five break points faced; converted five out of nine break points.
  • Quotes: “I’m most proud of how focused and determined I was in every single point, in every single moment,” Raducanu said.

Raducanu’s win sets her up for a potentially smooth path to the quarter-finals, avoiding seeded players until a possible semi-final clash. Her performance at Wimbledon echoes her historic US Open win, showcasing her resilience and growing confidence on the court.

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