Great Britain, A-Levels, Wimbledon: 10 questions about Emma Raducanu

18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the youngest Brit to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon after her surprising run this fortnight before having to retire mid-match against Ajla Tomljanovic. Here are the responses to some common questions you might have about the Brit

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WHO IS EMMA RADUCANU?

Emma Raducanu is a professional tennis player from Great Britain. She was born in Toronto, Canada to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother; the family moved to the UK when Emma was a baby.

WHY IS EMMA RADUCANU IN THE NEWS?

Raducanu, born on November 13, 2002, has become one of the biggest storylines at Wimbledon 2021 after reaching the fourth round as a wild-card entrant. The 18-year-old had never played in the main draw of a Grand Slam prior to this year’s Wimbledon. She scored wins over  Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova,and Sorana Cîrstea to become the youngest Brit to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon in the Open era, and met Alja Tomljanovic for a spot in the quarter-finals before having to retire mid-match.

HOW TALL IS RADUCANU?

Raducanu stands at 5ft 7in (1.75 m) according to the WTA tour website.

HAS RADACANU COMPLETED HER A-LEVELS?

The Brit sat her final A level assessments in April this year, albeit in the new Covid-restricted conditions. She studied maths and economics at Newstead Wood, and said that her studies have helped her tennis as well.

“That school has been so supportive. They let me travel whenever I needed to or train. I’ve been with them for seven years now. To leave them it’s a bit sad. Next chapter.” Raducanu stated after her first-round win. “I think staying in school has definitely helped me in terms of having another set of friends I can come into. It was a different way of life. It’s a bit of an escape as well for me. To have another thing going alongside my tennis, it’s kept my mind occupied.”

WAS RADUCANU A GOOD JUNIOR?

Raducanu peaked at No 20 in the ITF Junior Rankings. The Brit has claimed seven ITF junior titles, including Grade 2 events such as Siauliai Open, Biotehnos Cup, Delhi ITF Juniors, and Chandigarh ITF Juniors. Her best performance at the junior Grand Slams was reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.

WHAT IS RADUCANU’S HIGHEST RANKING?

The Brit’s peak ranking is No 333, which she achieved in March 2020. She is expected to break into the top 200 after her Wimbledon run. Her current ranking and rankings history is available on her WTA tour profile page.

HOW MANY TITLES HAS RADUCANU WON IN HER CAREER?

The Brit has claimed 3 ITF World Tour singles title sin her career so far – the most recent of which came at the ITF $25K in Pune, India.

WHO IS RADACANU’S COACH?

Radacanu is coached by British tennis coach Nigel Sears, who has earlier coached players such as Amanda Coetzer, Daniela Hantuchová and Ana Ivanovic. Sears is also the father-in-law of Andy Murray, who married his daughter Kim Sears in 2015.

“We started initially when I was 15 years old on and off. He would consult a couple of weeks at a time. I think he’s a great coach with so much experience. Very, like, cheerful, funny guy. I think we get on great off court. That’s also important in a relationship, a coaching relationship. To be able to have someone like him in my corner, it definitely gives me a lot of confidence in these situations to know that he believes in me. Yeah, I’m really grateful that he’s taken a chance on me.”

HOW MUCH PRIZE MONEY HAS RADUCANU WON IN HER CAREER?

Raducanu’s total career prize money prior to Wimbledon 2021 was $39,558. She is assured of collecting a cheque of £115,000 for her efforts this fortnight by reahcing the fourth round at the All England Club this year.

WHO ARE HER IDOLS?

Raducanu cites China’s Li Na and Romania’s Simona Halep as her idols – but adds that it has more to do than just their common ancestry.

“I think it’s really such a coincidence that those are two of my favourite players that I try to model my game after. I happen to have a connection to both those countries. I think it’s definitely helped me, the mentality that both of them bring. They both come from very hard-working countries. On my mum, she’s always instilled a lot of, like, discipline, respect for other people into me. I think having parents like I do, they always push me. They have high expectations. I’ve always tried to live up to that. And I hope I did them proud this week. I’m going to keep trying to go, keep going.”

WHAT IS RADUCUNU’S OF PLAY?

Raducanu is known for her flat powerful groundstrokes, and uses a two-fisted backhand. She is known to play aggressively and admits herself she is not the best retriever on the tour.

“If you ask any of my team, I think they would say, She doesn’t run for balls,” the Brit said after her third-round win. “If ever there was a time to start running, that was today. I’m happy that it paid off (smiling). I couldn’t believe some of them myself. I think playing on Court 1, you’re definitely inspired. You do things maybe you don’t normally do. Yeah, I was having fun just chasing those balls. It’s probably the first time I enjoyed chasing the balls. Maybe that’s something that I can take on and continue.”

IS RADUCANU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Raducanu is on Twitter, where he has more than 29,500 followers; on Instagram where she has more than 155,000 followers, and on Facebook, where she has more than 1,800 followers.

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