‘I’m having a blast’: Emma Raducanu vows to enjoy wildcard Wimbledon run

Emma Raducanu says she wants to “stay here as long as possible” after she became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon since 1959.

The 18-year-old wildcard, who gets her A-level results next month, beat the Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 7-5 and faces Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

“The way that I’m approaching my matches is each time I’m thinking to myself, why not?” she said. “Today I was like, someone has to be in the second week, why not me? I’m just trying to stay here as long as possible. I’m just having such a blast.”

Few people expected Raducanu, the world No 338, to go far in the tournament, not least since she had never played a WTA Tour level match before arriving at Wimbledon.

Raducanu joked that her parents had not expected her to go far either. “It is funny because at the start when I was packing to come into the bubble, my parents were like: ‘Aren’t you packing too many sets of match kit?’” she said. “I am going to have to do some laundry tonight, but they have a laundry service at the hotel so I am all good.”

The teenager is guaranteed at least £181,000 for reaching round four and has already thought of how she might spend some of it. “The first thing I would do is take my team out and treat them for a meal,” she said. “They have supported me so much throughout the years. It’s not always been easy. They definitely deserve a nice meal out. We would have a great evening.”

Raducanu hopes her fourth‑round match with Tomljanovic will receive top billing. “It would mean a lot to me to play on Centre Court,” she said. “That’s what everyone dreams of, especially being a Brit. I would be so grateful for that opportunity.

“I would love to go out there and try to embrace the crowd like I did today. We’ll see what happens. I’m really, really up for it, whatever happens, though.”