The 19-year-old suffered a side strain at the Nottingham Open and her participation at SW19 was in question, but she showed little sign of slowing down against Van Uytvanck.
“I know Alison’s an extremely tricky opponent,” Raducanu said. “She’s had great results on grass. I played her last summer and on grass where the balls stay so low it’s extremely tricky to neutralise such a great serve. I’m extremely pleased to have come through that match and looking forward to hopefully playing in front of you guys again.”
After receiving a huge ovation when she claimed victory and had the home crowd behind her during the match, Raducanu said: “I’ve been feeling it ever since I stepped on to the practice courts, people behind me going, ‘Emma you’ve got this’. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve got this’. I’m just so happy to stay another day.”
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