Emma Raducanu makes pledge after reaching milestone achievement with Nottingham Open win

Emma Raducanu is through to the quarter finals at the Nottingham Open

Emma Raducanu is through to the quarter finals at the Nottingham Open

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Stuart Ballard

By Stuart Ballard


Published: 13/06/2024

- 17:26

Emma Raducanu is gunning for glory at the Nottingham Open this week in preparation for Wimbledon.

Emma Raducanu is 'trying to take the title home' as she flies the flag for the British players at the Nottingham Open following her comfortable win over Daria Snigur on Thursday.

The former British No 1 eased past qualifier Ena Shibahara in the first round before dropping just four games against Ukrainian Snigur.


It's the first time Raducanu has reached the quarter-finals of a tour-level grass-court event, where she will face either compatriot Francesca or American Ashlyn Krueger.

Defending champion Katie Boulter could await Raducanu in the semi-final if the No 3 seed gets past Magdalena Frech.

Emma Raducanu is through to the quarter finals at the Nottingham Open

Emma Raducanu is through to the quarter finals at the Nottingham Open

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The men's draw has also been successful for the Brits with qualifiers Jack Pinnington Jones and Jacob Fearnley through to the quarter-finals.

Raducanu is glad to see the British contingent doing well on home soil and she's hopeful of bringing home the title.

“It was incredible today, I could really hear and feel the support and that was really nice," Raducanu said.

"You know, it’s our turf so we’re here as the Brits, not just me.

"All of us are doing pretty well in this tournament and we’re trying to take the title home again, one of us.”

The 21-year-old has not won a title on the WTA Tour since her historic US Open victory in 2021.

She'll soon be turning her attention to Wimbledon, where she first broke onto the scene three years ago.

The Nottingham Open represents Raducanu's first tournament since April after skipping the French Open.

Emma Raducanu is gearing up towards Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu is gearing up towards Wimbledon

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She has been given a wild card entry to the Rothesay International in Eastbourne later this month.

Raducanu will be joined by top stars such as Naomi Osaka, Jessica Pegula and Elena Rybakina.

Speaking on her win over Snigur, Raducanu was delighted how she performed against a tricky opponent.

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“It was an extremely tricky match," she said.

"I knew from even before I came on that I needed to be on it today because Daria is a really good player and grass court player especially.

“I played with her in the juniors growing up so I know just how tricky she can be to play and how unorthodox she is when playing.

"It’s really difficult but I’m very happy with how I managed it, especially in the beginning.”

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