Emma Raducanu insists reaching the final week of Wimbledon would TOP any A-stars in her A-levels… as 18-year-old Brit admits ‘I feel like I am on holiday’ after her sensational victory over Marketa Vondrousova
Emma Raducanu says reaching the second week of Wimbledon would trump any A-stars in her A-levels after the schoolgirl soared into the third round.
The 18-year-old, who is awaiting the results of her maths and economics exams, passed the test of 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova on Thursday night to set up a last-32 tie with Sorana Cirstea on Saturday.
Asked whether she would prefer top grades or top billing in the women’s fourth round, Raducanu replied: ‘I would have to say round four at Wimbledon. Everyone that knows me would be like “what?” because they think I am fanatic about my school results and they think I have got such an inflated ego about it.
Emma Raducanu grabbed the headlines at Wimbledon after beating Marketa Vondrousova
‘My parents think I am crazy and I won’t accept anything less than A-stars. I feel like I have to live up to that expectation so that’s why I work so hard to try and get those grades.
‘I’m not sure what I am going to come back with but I have high standards of myself. That has helped me get to where I am in terms of tennis and also in terms of school results – but I would still pick round four.’
Raducanu’s passage to the third round means she is guaranteed at least £115,000 in prize money – almost quadrupling her career earnings to date of £29,000.
‘It is quite incredible,’ admitted the wildcard, who is the world No 338. ‘I am still at the beginning of my career, so I will definitely use it to tap in to great coaches.
The 18-year-old is guaranteed at least £115,000 in prize money after reaching the third round
‘Tennis is an expensive sport so to travel and compete week in week out, it will definitely go towards funding that. I am definitely very grateful for the opportunity that I received this week and I am just trying to make the most of it.
‘Playing in front of a home crowd definitely helps. Their support is so loud and they are so behind me.
‘I go out there and feel like I have got nothing to lose. I want to do the crowd proud. I am really just here enjoying myself and trying to stay here for as long as I can. I feel like I am on a holiday – it is unbelievable.’
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