Emma Raducanu, who came in strong after winning the US Open, was a surprise early departure from the WTA 1000 Indian Wells 2021.
Many people chastised her after her loss, while others showered her with love and sympathy. Andy Murray, a fellow countryman, recently remarked on her death in the desert.
According to Murray, Raducanu’s loss in her first match in Indian Wells was not unexpected. He also explained the nature of the sport.
Raducanu charmed the world with her accomplishment in New York only a month ago. As a result of her loss in Indian Wells, her quality has been called into question.
Emma Raducanu’s loss in Indian Wells 2021
Tennis is a sport where players are pushed to their limits. That is why staying at the top of this sport is such a difficult task.
Similarly, Andy Murray said that winning every day, every week, and in every tournament is unlikely.
“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,” Murray said as reported in the Express.
“I don’t think it’s anything unexpected, to be honest.”
Raducanu was praised by the Scot for handling the situation effectively. Murray even confessed that she did better at the age than he would have.
“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,” Murray added.
Murray continued by saying that she will only improve with time and learn to balance her life on and off the court. For the time being, Raducanu will revaluate her game and aim to return stronger.
Murray has so far beaten Adrian Mannarino and Carlos Alcaraz in the desert, which is remarkable. His next encounter, however, will be his toughest yet in Indian Wells.
Murray will face third-seeded Alexander Zverev in the next round. Between the two, the Scot leads the German by a score of 2-0.