Andy Murray suggested a loss for Emma Raducanu at Indina Wells should not have been unexpected as the 18-year-old came crashing down from the high of winning the US Open
Andy Murray insisted Emma Raducanu’s defeat at Indian Wells should have been expected following the teenager’s US Open heroics. Raducanu incredibly won the Flushing Meadows tournament last month.
She became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam – in just her second appearance at such a tournament – and did so without dropping a set at the age of 18.
Since her win, Raducanu has become a global star and penned a number of endorsement deals alongside appearances at glitzy events like the exclusive Met Gala.
However, the 18-year-old’s return to sporting action saw her crashing down to earth as she lost to Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-4 in the Indian Wells round of 64.
Murray, who reached his first US Open final at 21 years of age, admitted he expected Raducanu to suffer some kind of letdown after her tremendous high in New York.
However, the three-time Grand Slam champion is confident she can weather the storm and return to form soon.
“What happened [at the US Open]was obviously incredible but in tennis and other sports it doesn’t just go in an upwards direction all the time,” the 34-year-old said.
“There are always little bumps and stuff along the way. It’s just a little bump, but I think pretty much everyone was sort of expecting that as well.
“I don’t think it’s anything unexpected, to be honest.
“I don’t know her unbelievably well. I just know from the people who have worked with her and been around her, they all say the same things.
“She’s obviously unbelievably bright, well-educated, so you would imagine she would certainly be a lot better equipped to deal with everything that’s going on than most, and deal with it in a more mature way than I would have done when I was 18. She’s handled herself perfectly.
“I’m sure as she moves along she will learn how to go about everything, how to balance the whole tennis life, commercial life and the stuff that goes on away from the court better all the time.”
Murray admitted the Indian Wells tournament, where he faces world number four Alexander Zverev in the round of 32, can. “Brinkwire Summary News”.