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British tennis prodigy Emma Raducanu has banked £181,000 – more than six times her entire career earnings – as her fairytale run at this years Wimbledon continues into the last 16.
Four days in 2021, Raducanu took to Twitter to ask a simple question: "So are A-Levels happening?"
Fast forward to the summer, and the youngster has dumped out Sorana Cirstea – who ranks 45th on the WTA Tour – in convincing fashion: beating the Romanian in under two hours.
The 18-year-old, who is still waiting on her A-Level results, was unfazed by the bright lights of Court 1 – as the story of the summer rumbles on.
Raducanu banked £181,000 when Cirstea's cross-court shot hit the net – sparking a roar that has been alien to sporting events for the better part of the past year.
The Brit's career earnings, before her appearance at SW19, amassed to $33,000, and she had only earned $3,600 this year.
However, that all seems a distant memory for the youngster now, and Ajla Tomljanovic stands between her and a £300,000 pay-day.
Virginia Wade was the last British female to claim the Women's Singles title at Wimbledon, and the UK looks to have its latest great hope in Raducanu.
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"When I won, I didn’t know what my reaction would be," she told the adoring crowd after her victory.
"I’m just so happy and so grateful for all the support I’ve had.
"This is by far the biggest court I’ve ever played in and I think I coped quite well on that stage.
"I just tried to hold my nerve. You really got me through the first set, the second set and the whole match."
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Raducanu has been known as a serious talent in the juniors by British officials for a while, however, she has made the notoriously difficult leap to the senior game with ease.
The teenager from Kent faces Tomljanovic – who had a spat with Jelena Ostapenko last round – on Monday afternoon.
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