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Underdog Lulu Sun Shocks Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon Fourth Round



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Qualifier Lulu Sun delivered a stunning upset at the Wimbledon fourth round, toppling former US Open champion Emma Raducanu in a nail-biting encounter on Centre Court. Sun, hailing from New Zealand, showcased fearless play to secure a 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory, becoming the first Kiwi woman ever to progress to the singles quarterfinal at Wimbledon.

The match marked a historic moment as Sun stepped onto Centre Court, the first New Zealander to do so in a singles match at Wimbledon since Chris Lewis in the 1983 finals. Sun’s underdog journey has been a fairytale story, with her surprising run continuing as she outlasted the favored Raducanu amidst a roaring crowd.

Raducanu, who had garnered hopes of Wimbledon success after a strong US Open victory, faced tough competition from the unranked Sun. Despite a valiant effort, Raducanu fell short under Sun’s relentless play, ending her Wimbledon run at the hands of the qualifier.

The matchup was filled with tension and drama, with Raducanu showing signs of injury midway through the match. Despite a lengthy medical timeout, Raducanu resumed play but couldn’t match Sun’s resilience, conceding the hard-fought battle after nearly three hours on court.

With this victory, Sun advances to face Donna Vekic next, in a bid to secure a spot in the semi-finals. Her emotional post-match interview reflected the significance of her win, as she expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play on the prestigious Centre Court.

Notable names at Wimbledon also faced unexpected turns, including Jasmine Paolini‘s advancement to her first quarterfinal after a distraught Madison Keys retired with a suspected injury. The Italian seventh seed’s resilient play against Keys showcased the unpredictable nature of Grand Slam tournaments.

In the final match on Centre Court, Emma Navarro dealt a blow to Coco Gauff‘s quarterfinal hopes, securing a 6-4 6-3 victory. Gauff, who had sailed through earlier rounds, faltered against Navarro’s unyielding performance, marking a disappointing exit for the second seed.

As the Wimbledon action unfolds, unexpected outcomes and underdog victories continue to shape the tournament landscape, proving once again that in the world of tennis, anything is possible.

Rachel Adams

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