Andy Murray highlights Emma Raducanu improvements ahead of Indian Wells


Emma Raducanu heads into Indian Wells as the US Open champion (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andy Murray has credited Emma Raducanu’s intelligence and commitment to improving some technical issues as the reasons behind her success.

The 18-year-old made headlines around the world last month as she became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam, beating Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final.

Her only previous Grand Slam appearance prior to her triumph in New York came at Wimbledon earlier this year as she reached the last-16.

Now, as she prepares to make her first appearance at Indian Wells with all eyes on how she will cope with the pressure of being a Grand Slam champion, Murray has given his opinion on her meteoric rise.

‘Often what separates the elite athletes from that level just below is that ability to learn quickly and process information,’ Murray said.

‘Not everyone can do that, but the top players and the really elite athletes are able to do that.

‘I haven’t spent loads of time with her on a tennis court but it wouldn’t surprise me if she picked things up extremely quickly.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has been seeded 17th for Indian Wells (Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘The last 18 months prior to the grass season and Wimbledon she didn’t compete a whole lot, which in some ways allowed her to make some technical changes to her game and develop.

‘Usually around that age, 17 and 18-year-olds are competing a lot. They are on the junior tour and drip feeding into senior tournaments as well.

‘Maybe that period gave her the opportunity to fix some technical issues in her game. She does seem to have improved her serve and forehand.’

Raducanu begins her Indian Wells campaign with a second round match against world No. 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich, having been handed a bye in the first round.

The British teenager will headline Friday night’s Indian Wells session with Murray also kicking off his…

Source : metro

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