Emma Raducanu Wimbledon 2022

Emma Raducanu ‘sparkling’ at Wimbledon declares fellow home talent successful in first round

Emma Raducanu is handling her stardom better than anyone possibly could, particularly at Wimbledon this year, according to British talent Katie Boulter.

After day two of the Championships 2022, nine Brits had made it to the second round of Wimbledon, a national record since 25 years ago in 1997.

One of those Britons was 25-year-old world number 118 Boulter, another was 2021 US Open champion Raducanu.

The sense of camaraderie is apparent among the home pros, something Boulter admitted she is especially buzzing about.

On Raducanu specifically, she said in her post-first round press conference: “It is astonishing to see what that girl does.

“I actually got really happy when she won [on Monday] because it’s a sparkling moment for her.

“It’s her first Centre Court win.

“I know for a fact there will be many, many more of those.”

Raducanu, 19, is back at Wimbledon for just the second time and a first time since becoming a Major champion back in September last year.

Despite some nerves, she was able to down Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium to advance to the second round.

That victory meant of her five Slam main draw appearances, Raducanu has won her opener each time.

Boulter is not only happy for Raducanu but thoroughly impressed by the attitude of the teen sensation.

She added: “She’s in a pretty tough position, she’s so young.

“I think she’s handling it better than anyone would.

“It’s nice to see her out there and sparkling, for sure.”

Raducanu will be looking to keep that sparkle bright as she takes on former world number four Caroline Garcia for a place in the third round of Wimbledon.

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