According to Andy Murray, British player who was also at the top of the ATP world rankings, the great path led in recent months by Emma Raducanu, splendidly completed with an incredible victory of the US Open 2021, was facilitated by the lack of competition during the pandemic.
The 18-year-old left all tennis staff and fans speechless at Flushing Meadows, when she managed the feat, never made by anyone before her, to qualify and then triumph in a Grand Slam tournament, without leaving not even a set to the opponents for the entire duration of the New York competition.
The 34-year-old Scotsman in an interview with Tennishead explained the reason of Raducanu’s success in New York: “In the past 18 months, before the grass season and Wimbledon, she didn’t compete much, which somehow allowed her to make some technical changes and develop.
Andy Murray: “Pandemic favored Emma Raducanu’s rise”
Usually around that age 17 and 18 year olds compete a lot. They are on the junior tour and they also feed on the senior one. Perhaps that period gave her the opportunity to solve some technical problems in her game. You seem to have improved above all the service and the right.”
The current number 22 in the WTA ranking did not convince her in the first round of the Indian Wells 1000, coming out on her debut with the Belarusian Sasnovic. “Often what separates elite athletes from that level just below is the ability to learn quickly and process information. Not everyone can do it, but the best are able to do it,” underlined the 121st of the ATP ranking.
Then Murray concluded: “I didn’t spend much time with her on a tennis court, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she picked up things very quickly.” Andy Murray, also involved in the Masters 1000 of the BNP Paribas Open, has passed the debut race and is now preparing to face the talented Spanish player Carlos Alcaraz, in what will be one of the most awaited match of the tournament.