British teen Raducanu joins Gauff in the fourth round at Wimbledon


Wimbledon, England — Coco Gauff isn’t the only teenager to make a splash in Wimbledon this time around. Emma Raducanu suddenly steals part of the spotlight.

18-year-old Raducanu and 17-year-old Gauff advanced to the fourth round of the Grand Slam in Grass Court within minutes of each other on Saturday.

It’s the second time Gauff has reached the second week at Wimbledon after a breakthrough performance in 2019, and she’s already a regular on the center court. For Raducanu playing in her first Grand Slam tournament, it’s an unexpected run that has given the British crowd an immediate new favorite.

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Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom celebrates winning the third round of women’s singles against Romania’s Solana Chilsteer on the sixth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 3, 2021. (Albert Pesari / AP photo)

Raducanu became the youngest British woman in the open era, beating veteran Sorana Cîrstea 6-3, 7-5 to reach the fourth round at the All England Club.

“Who thought?” Raducanu asked. “When I was packing to get into the bubble, my parents were like,’Are you packing too many matchkits?’ I think I have to do the laundry tonight. “

Raducanu was given a wildcard entry into the tournament, but no. Looking at my home playing on the first court, I won eight straight games to take the 3-0 lead in the second set. However, she struggled to get rid of Cîrstea and was unable to convert three straight breakpoints in the next game. She then broke and missed five more breakpoints 4-3 in a marathon game that lasted nearly 15 minutes.

And she needed three match points in the final game before Cîrstea won the forehand.

Gauff was easy to beat Kayajuban 6-3, 6-3 on the center court. Gauff finished with 21 winners and defeated his opponent five times.

She will then face former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, who defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Raducanu will face Ajla Tomljanovich, who was involved in a fierce exchange with Elena Ostapenko after the third round. Tomljanovich accused Ostapenko of being injured to get a medical time-out while dragging 4-0 in the third set. They insulted online after the match.

“Your behavior is terrible,” Ostapenko said. “You have no respect.”

“You are the one who speaks,” replied Tomljanovich.

Tomljanovich won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

French Open champion Barbora Krejčkova defeated Anastasia Sevastova 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-5.

In men’s play, Roger Federer defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 on the center court to reach a record 18th round of the fourth round. The eight-time Wimbledon champion had a slight wobble in the third set when he fell in love with Norrie and broke after missing two break points 5-5.

After trading the break in the fourth set, Federer broke again with a 5-4 lead.

He will face Italy’s 23rd seed Lorenzo Sonego on Monday.

Norrie was the last Englishman to remain in the tournament.

Also, the fourth seeded Alexander Zverev defeated Taylor Fritz of the United States 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and Matteo Berrettini in 7th place was Alyas Bedene. Passed 6-4, 6-4. , 6-4.

Nick Kyrgios had to retire with an abdominal injury after the second set of the third round match against the 16th Felix Auger Aliassime. Kirios told the trainer that he was worried that he couldn’t service properly and his muscles would tear.

“It’s getting worse,” Kyrgios said. “I’m trying, but I can’t even serve … I can’t serve anymore. I can’t.”

Kirios won the first set 6-2, but lost the second set 6-1 on the first court.

Australians are also playing mixed doubles with Venus Williams.

The men’s singles began with a more carefree note when Kyrgios stepped into the court and noticed that he had grass coat shoes in the locker room.

His accident left the two players standing for a few minutes before starting the warm-up.

“One day I thought I was a pro,” Kyrgios joked.

Wimbledon employees reunited him with the right shoes.

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