Emma Raducanu’s fairytale Wimbledon run over after Briton retires injured against Ajla Tomljanovic

Murray mania has been replaced by Raducanu hysteria, following the heroics of 18-year-old wildcard Emma Raducanu at this year’s Championships.

It says all about the confidence and composure emanating from the teenager that she packed a fair number of matchday kit in her suitcase for her Wimbledon debut. Her parents questioned whether she had overpacked, but it turns out their pragmatic daughter knew exactly how events would unfold for her personally, although she may not have expected to become the last Briton standing in the second week. 

After winning her three matches so far in straight sets, today she runs into an opponent who came through a heated third-round clash against Jelena Ostapenko to book her place in Manic Monday. 

Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic didn’t hold back in her on-court exchange with the former French Open champion, and you wonder how that has affected her focus as she prepares for only her second fourth-round major appearance of her career. 

Raduancu, meanwhile, has been a picture of calm and control throughout, seemingly taking everything thrown at her  in her stride. Today she has been given the primetime TV slot to showcase her talents once again to the tennis world.

Back at her old school, Newstead Wood School in Orpington, Kent, screens have been set up to allow staff and students to watch her contest. 

Club members at Bromley Tennis club will also tune in to see how a former player at the club, from the age of nine to 16, fares against a player, ranked 75 in the world. 

The bookies have shortened the odds on Raducanu from 300-1 at the start of the tournament to now just 18-1. How will the youngster cope with the spotlight and attention? If she approaches her tennis as she does her school work – methodical and with great determination – then maybe, just maybe, she will be gearing up to use another one of those ready-and-waiting tennis kits from her luggage for tomorrow’s quarter-finals. 

Getting ahead of ourselves? Quite possibly, but everyone needs a dream. 



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