She’s certainly off to a flying start. Raducanu was born in Toronto, Canada, but moved to London when she was just two-years-old. And tennis isn’t the only sport she’s tried her hand at while growing up in Bromley. Her parents – her mother is Chinese, her father is Romanian – encouraged her to give several games a go. From go-karting, ballet and swimming to basketball and horse riding, she explored them all before settling on tennis. She was just nine when she joined the Bromley Tennis Academy.
Thirteen years later, she’s already making waves in the tennis world. The world number 338 is officially the youngest British woman to reach round three of the tournament since the late Elena Baltacha in 2002. Next she’ll face the Romanian world number 44, Sorana Cirstea. “I know she has done great things in her career and for me it is another match where I will go out there with nothing to lose again,” Raducanu said. “I am really just here enjoying myself and trying to stay here for as long as I can. I think that is the motivation for me.”
But what’s more important to the teenager: top grades or getting further at Wimbledon? “I’d have to say round four of Wimbledon!” she told reporters. “I think anyone that knows me would be like, what? Everyone thinks I’m absolutely fanatical about my school results. They think I have such an inflated ego about it. Actually, I would say I have high standards of myself. That’s helped me get to where I am in terms of tennis and also in terms of school results. I’d still pick round four.”