Raducanu enjoys successful Wimbledon return

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US Open champion and British number one Emma Raducanu (20/1 Wimbledon Outright) is through to the second round of Wimbledon after defeating Alison van Uytvanck 6-4 6-4.

The 19-year-old was cheered on by a raucous centre-court crowd as she began her bid to win her second Grand Slam title in less than a year.

Preparations have been far from ideal for Raducanu, with injury problems affecting her for much of the time since that famous win at Flushing Meadows last September.

A recent side strain had put her Wimbledon participation in doubt but she emerged to face the Belgian van Uytvanck, who is currently ranked world number 46.

Initially, it was a tight match but Raducanu got a crucial break in the ninth game to serve for the set, which she took 6-4.

The second set saw Van Uytvanck start well to go a break up at 3-1 with a deciding set looking very much on the cards.

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However, tenth seed Raducanu became more assertive to take back control and pulled her opponent out of position the longer the set wore on.

Eventually, she took the second set by the same 6-4 scoreline to booked her progress and received a standing ovation from the All England Club crowd.

“It’s an incredibly special feeling to be back at Wimbledon,” she said.

“I felt the support the minute I walked out and walking around the grounds. I want to say thank you to everyone who has been here supporting, through the tough times as well, it’s all worth it to play on Centre Court and come through with a win.

“I know Alison [van Uytvanck] is a tricky opponent, she has had some great results on grass and I played her last summer and it’s really tricky to neutralise that hard serve, she hits the ball really hard.”

Raducanu will face France’s Caroline Garcia (300/1 Wimbledon Outright), a former world number four, next.

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Author: Lucille White