WATCH: Emma Raducanu's Wimbledon Opponent Lulu Sun's 'Training with a Cow' Video Resurfaces

New Zealand's No. 1 tennis player Lulu Sun has captured global attention with her inspiring run at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships.

Shubham Shekhar
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In a remarkable journey from humble beginnings to the prestigious lawns of Wimbledon, New Zealand's No. 1 tennis player Lulu Sun has captured global attention with her inspiring run at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships. As a qualifier, Sun has defied expectations, advancing to the fourth round where she is set to face England's rising star Emma Raducanu.

Sun's meteoric rise on the WTA Tour in 2024 has been nothing short of spectacular. She climbed nearly 100 spots in the rankings to reach World No. 123 just before the Wimbledon Championships. Her incredible performance at SW19 has been a highlight, starting from the qualifying rounds and culminating in her fourth-round showdown with Raducanu.

Amid her Wimbledon success, a nostalgic video of Lulu Sun's early training days has resurfaced on social media, charming fans and illustrating her unique journey. The clip, dating back to the 2017 ITF W15 Futures event in Gwalior, India, shows a young Sun practising tennis with an unexpected spectator—a cow.

Here is the video:

In India, cows are a common sight on the streets, but one wandering onto a tennis court was a surprising and memorable moment. Despite the unusual circumstances, Sun's dedication and focus on the court were evident, setting the stage for her future successes.

Sun’s dream run continues in Wimbledon

Sun's Wimbledon campaign began with impressive victories in the qualifying rounds. She defeated Miriam Balgaru 6-2, 6-1, Gabriela Knutson 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (6), and former Junior Grand Slam champion Alex Eala 7-6 (3), 7-5, securing her spot in the main draw for her second Grand Slam appearance in 2024, following the Australian Open.

In the main draw, Sun showcased her resilience and skill. She overcame No. 8 seed Zheng Qinwen in a thrilling comeback win, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Continuing her momentum, she battled through another three-set match against fellow qualifier Yulia Starodubtseva, triumphing 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Her latest victory came against World No. 61 Lin Zhu, where Sun emerged victorious through two tiebreakers, winning 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) and hitting an impressive 43 winners.

This series of victories has made Sun the first woman from New Zealand to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since 1959, a historic achievement that underscores her talent and determination. Facing Emma Raducanu, the former US Open champion, Sun's performance will be closely watched by tennis enthusiasts around the world.