Wimbledon: Emma Raducanu's promising Wimbledon run ends with shock loss to qualifier

Raducanu lost to Lulu Sun in the Wimbledon round-of-16.

by Dzevad Mesic
Wimbledon: Emma Raducanu's promising Wimbledon run ends with shock loss to qualifier
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Emma Raducanu's extremely promising Wimbledon run came to an end in a very disappointing way after the British tennis star lost to qualifier Lulu Sun in the round-of-16. 

After Raducanu demolished former world No. 12 Elise Mertens 6-1 6-2 and also dismantled world No. 9 Maria Sakkari 6-2 6-3 in her following match, the hype built up and the locals were hoping the 21-year-old could potentially go all the way. 

But on Sunday, Raducanu's Wimbledon campaign abruptly ended after she lost world No. 123 Sun, who beat the 2021 US Open champion with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 scoreline.

Right from the start of the match, it was clear that Sun's tactic was to be aggressive and depend on herself on the court. In the end, Sun finished with 52 winners and 44 unforced errors - but her tactic worked and she is now through to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, where she will meet Donna Vekic.

Lulu Sun
Lulu Sun© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

How Sun stunned Raducanu?

When the match started, Sun had eight winners through the opening three games - a double break - and a 3-0 lead. After Sun's lightning start to the match, Raducanu managed to get one break back in the fourth game but the New Zealander earned her third break of the match in the seventh game before serving out for the opener in the following game.

After Sun finished the first set with 15 winners and three breaks, she kept with the same game at the start of the second set. But Raducanu was surviving this time as the Briton saved a total of three break points in two different games before breaking Sun in the 12th - the game in which the qualifier from New Zealander was serving to stay in the second set.

But after dropping the second set in a pretty rough way, Sun showed great mental strength as she broke Raducanu in the first game of the third set before getting another break in the seventh game to go 5-2 up. Up by a double break, Sun faced some difficulty when serving for the match but closed out the match after saving two break points in the eighth game.

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