Rising Sun: New Zealand native Lulu Sun sets several milestones following wild Wimbledon debut

Wednesday, 10 July 2024 at 02:30
New Zealand tennis player Lulu Sun took the tennis world by storm following her maiden Wimbledon appearance at this year's Championships, surpassing the odds as a qualifier to reach the quarterfinals at the most prestigious Grand Slam event of the season.
The 23-year old caused a major upset when she defeated eighth seed Zheng Qinwen in the first round, scoring the first top-10 win of her career. Sun would go on to record quality wins in the second and third rounds, before being thrust into the limelight in her fourth round match against former Grand Slam champion and hometown hero Emma Raducanu. The New Zealand native would defeat the British star to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal, before falling to veteran Donna Vekic in three sets.

Sun achieves career highs following Wimbledon

Despite her quarterfinal loss, Sun set a new record by becoming just the second woman from New Zealand to reach that stage at a Grand Slam. Furthermore, she will enjoy a significant rise in the WTA Rankings, climbing up over 70 spots from her current rank of World No.123.
Sun is set to make her debut in the Top 100 following the conclusion of events at the All England Club. Her sudden breakthrough has also seen her climb up to 53rd in the WTA Live Rankings. The left-handed phenom was competing at just her second Major event, having lost in the opening round at the 2024 Australian Open. Although she failed to qualify for Roland Garros, her performance at SW19 could boost her chances of making it to the US Open.

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