Three elite tennis players and now her kitbag too: Emma Raducanu has sent them all to the cleaners during her history-making first week at Wimbledon.
A shortage of clean kit was the 18-year-old’s only worry last night after she qualified for the last 16 with a performance to rival some of the greatest teenage British displays in the sport.
Immediately after her straight-sets triumph over world number 45 Sorana Cirstea, thoughts turned to the conservative expectations of her parents prior to the tournament. “My parents were like: ‘Aren’t you packing too many sets of match kit”, she recalled. Little did they know that their daughter was about to embark on a fairytale fortnight that even puts the teenage exploits of Sir Andy Murray in the shade. “I think I am going to have to do some laundry tonight,” Raducanu added.
The teenager, who sat her A-levels two months ago, has quickly become the story of the Championships, having only played one tour-level match before this tournament. However, her blistering performance on Saturday underlined that she belongs on the big stage as she swept aside Cirstea 6-3, 7-5.