Emma Raducanu: who is 18 year old British tennis player at Wimbledon, results, parents, school - and what next?

Bromley tennis star Raducanu retired from her fourth round match with Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon 2021 due to medical reasons

Emma Raducanu is the story of Wimbledon 2021.

The 18-year-old Brit defied the odds to make it through to the fourth round at SW19 before medical reasons brought a halt to her match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia.

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Rising tennis star Raducanu, who only finished her A-Levels two months ago, was playing in her first Grand Slam having only recently started on the pro circuit.

Bromley tennis star Emma Raducanu beat Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon 2021 to set up a third round tie with Sorana Cirstea. (Pic: Getty)
Bromley tennis star Emma Raducanu beat Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon 2021 to set up a third round tie with Sorana Cirstea. (Pic: Getty)

And it’s fair to say she is making the most of her wildcard entry to the 2021 Wimbledon championships with wins over higher ranked opponents Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova, and Sorana Cirstea.

Here's all you need to know about the teenager tipped for big things - from what subjects she has taken at school to what the future holds for the young tennis prospect.

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Who is Emma Raducanu?

Born in Toronto, Canada, to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother, Emma Raducanu moved to England aged two and grew up in London.

Keen on sports from a young age, Raducanu had a go at go-karting, horse riding, swimming and basketball - but it was soon apparent that tennis was her calling.

She first picked up a racquet aged five and joined the Bromley Tennis Academy in London where she began to hone her skills on the court.

Her first ITF (International Tennis Federation) title came in May 2018 when she won in Israel, quickly followed by a second in Turkey in October of the same year.

She reached the same final in Israel the following year and won in India in December 2019.

Raducanu made her WTA (Women's Tennis Association) Tour debut at the Nottingham Open earlier this year before receiving a wildcard to Wimbledon 2021.

What is Emma Raducanu's school?

Emma Raducanu attended girls grammar school Newstead Wood in Orpington, London, where she recently completed her A-Level studies in maths and economics.

What is Emma Raducanu's Wimbledon record?

This year's Wimbledon is Emma Raducanu's first time in the women's singles draw.

She overcame Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round before stunning the Wimbledon crowd with a straight sets win over Czech player Marketa Vondrousova.

Vondrousova, 22, is ranked world number 41 and, though not seeded at Wimbledon 2021, was expected to beat teenager Raducanu, who is ranked 338th in the world.

Raducanu is now the only British women's singles player left in the draw - and is the youngest British woman to reach the third round of Wimbledon since Elena Baltacha in 2002.

Raducanu's second round win will see her pocket at least £115,000 from this year's Wimbledon championships. She had previously earned around £30,000.

Raducanu saw off Sorana Cirstea, of Romania, 6-3 7-5 in the third round at Wimbledon on Saturday 3 July 2021.

Who will Emma Raducanu play next at Wimbledon?

Emma Raducanu exited Wimbledon 2021 after withdrawing from her fourth round match with Ajla Tomljanovic, of Australia, in the second set.

Having contested a tough opening set, Raducanu lost the first three games of the second before she called for medical assistance on court.

Raducanu was visibly struggling with her breathing and had to leave Court No.1 to be fully assessed before word returned she could not continue.

Tomljanovic is ranked 75 in the world and made it through to the second round of both the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2021.

Emma Raducanu interview after beating Marketa Vondrousova

After beating Marketa Vondrousova, Emma Raducanu vowed to keep playing every point as if it were her last at Wimbledon 2021.

“Being someone who has not been able to compete much and who has always been held back by something, to be at the Championships I feel like I am on a holiday. It is unbelievable and I just want to stay here for as long as I can,” she said.

“Playing in front of a home crowd definitely helps. The support is so loud and they are so behind me. I am really grateful so I have that in the back of my mind.

“Also I was just thinking to play every point like it was my last and like it was match point or my last point at Wimbledon. I think that is also a trick I have been playing with myself.”