Emma Raducanu route to Wimbledon final: How British no1 can win first SW19 title

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Emma Raducanu heads into Wimbledon with British hopes on her back.

The 19-year-old has struggled for form and fitness since her stunning US Open victory last year though has declared herself ready for the tournament after shaking off a side strain.

Raducanu reached the fourth round in fairytale fashion last year but was eliminated in the second round at both the Australian Open and French Open earlier in 2022. Following Friday's Wimbledon draw, it appears Raducanu faces a tall order to better her 2021 showing in SW19.

First up is world no46 Alison Van Uytvanck, who has previously gone deep in Grand Slams. Caroline Garcia will expect to beat British wildcard Yuriko Miyazaki to set up a possible second-round meeting with Raducanu.

The teenager will likely face a first fellow seed in the third round in the form of 19th-ranked Madison Keys before a possible clash with another American, no9 seed Danielle Collins, as the second week begins.

The quarter-final could bring former Wimbledon champion, and previous world no1, Angelique Kerber. Ons Jabeur is another option, though the no3 seed is an injury doubt after withdrawing from Eastbourne this week.

Raducanu would be potentially ticking off all the top seeds on her way to Centre Court for the Saturday final, with fifth-ranked Maria Sakkari or no2 seed Anett Kontaveit likely semi-final opponents. Dominant world no1 Iga Swiatek is the obvious predicted finalist, though Serena Williams is in her side of the draw.

Here is Raducanu's potential route to the Wimbledon final...

First round: Van Uytvanck

Second round: Garcia

Third round: Keys

Fourth round: Collins

Quarter-final: Kerber

Semi-final: Kontaveit

Final: Swiatek

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