Wimbledon: Emma Raducanu makes joke about attending Freshers Week

Emma Raducanu celebrates at Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu brushed off any injury concerns she had ahead of Wimbledon by winning her opening match against Alison Van Uytvanck.

The British number one enjoyed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Belgian, despite the fact she had failed to complete a single grass court match in the lead up to the Grand Slam.

Raducanu marked her Centre Court debut in true style, despite a recent thigh injury which threatened her ability to compete.

While the match was a tight one, the 19-year-old was able to counter Van Uytvanck’s attempts and secure her first straight set win since the Madrid Open in April.

Spurred on by a lively home crowd, Raducanu thanked the fans for their support and said she is looking forward to playing in front of them again in the second round.

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain and Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium shake hands following the Women’s Singles First Round match during Day One of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“I really felt like today I made that court my own and really took it in,” she told reporters after her win.

“I’ve been feeling it [crowd support] ever since I stepped on to the practice courts, people behind me going, ‘Emma, you’ve got this’. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve got this’.

“I’m just so happy to stay another day.”

Raducanu then seemingly joked about enjoying a “gap year” which went “very well.”

She continued: “I’m waiting for Freshers’ Week in September. I’m still very new to it.”

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When did Emma Raducanu make her WTA Tour main draw debut?

This is the teenager’s first full season on the WTA Tour. Last year, she made her debut at the Nottingham Open before going on an impressive Wimbledon run.

Unfortunately, she was forced to withdraw from the competition due to breathing difficulties, so will likely feel that she has unfinished business at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Raducanu passed her A Levels mere months before she made history at the US Open. Ranked 150th in the world at the time, the Brit became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title and didn’t drop a single set in the process.

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada during their Women’s Singles final match on Day Thirteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

This time last year, Raducanu was balancing her education alongside her commitment to tennis. Since sitting her A Levels, she has become a sensation on the court and a hugely marketable athlete. An ideal gap year from studying indeed.

The world number 11 will face France’s Caroline Garcia tomorrow in the second round.

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