Wimbledon sensation Lulu Sun gets real on her expectation for Emma Raducanu showdown

Today, Sun and Raducanu will meet in the Wimbledon round-of16.

by Dzevad Mesic
Wimbledon sensation Lulu Sun gets real on her expectation for Emma Raducanu showdown
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Wimbledon sensation Lulu Sun admits she never expected to be in this position but adds that she is now "super happy" to be playing against Emma Raducanu on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

Sun, who is 23 years old and currently enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 123 in the world, won three qualifying matches last week to make her first main draw spot at Wimbledon. And since then, the 23-year-old New Zealander has won three more matches after upsetting Zheng Qinwen and also beating Yulia Starodubtseva and Zhu Lin. 

"I wasn't expecting to be here at this stage, but I've just been playing match-by-match. But yeah, here I am," qualifier Sun said.

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Sun on meeting Raducanu on the Centre Court 

As a reward for her big run, Sun earned a chance to make her debut on Wimbledon's iconic court after having her round-of-16 match against 2021 US Open champion Raducanu scheduled there. Heading into the match, Sun acknowledges that Raducanu will be the favorite but that doesn't mean that she won't try hard to beat the home hope. 

"She's obviously been firing in the Grand Slams before and she's Wimbledon's favorite since she is from here," Sun said.

Meanwhile, Sun and Raducanu both come from interesting backgrounds - Sun's mother is Chinese and her father is Croatian, while Raducanu's mom is also Chinese while her father is Romanian. 

But Sun - who was born in New Zealand and represents that country - currently resides in Switzerland. On the other side, Raducanu was born in Canada but represents Great Britain and resides there. 

"Chinese obviously from my mum's side, is very disciplined, hard-working. From my dad's side, Croatian, he's from the seaside, so very laid back and calm," Sun explained. 

"I guess that's a good combo. And then Swiss side is, like, neutral, yeah! From New Zealand I get that adventure side."

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