Emma Raducanu was all praise for her fellow countryman Andy Murray after he achieved a landmark 700 career wins. Murray reached this milestone after he won his opener against Taro Daniel at the Indian Wells. It was a good day for both the British stars as they notched up wins in their respective matches.
Raducanu was in awe of her compatriot’s achievement as she heaped praise on the 3-time Grand Slam champion for his astonishing achievement and remarked she was honored to be the one playing shortly after Murray achieved this landmark feat.
“I think Andy Murray is such a class player and I was honored to follow him in the order of play today. I think he’s just such a great role model for me and everyone, from the UK, and also across the world. 700 wins is something I can just dream of,” Raducanu said after her second-round win at the Indian Wells.
“I was actually watching pretty much the whole match before I had to warm up. It was great to see Andy battle through a tough match. He was down but found a way to battle through,” she added.
Murray was also visibly elated with his achievements and said after such torrid times over the years with injuries he had to fight hard to achieve it. Murray lamented he could’ve reached this milestone long ago if not for the injuries, but now after he’s done it, the former World No.1 has set sights on another one.
“It’s a target I set myself from the end of last year, and obviously I’m happy to achieve it. It’s not too many guys who’ve managed to do that, and with everything that’s gone on the last few years, I could’ve been way past 700. But I kept fighting and got there, and now I’ll look on to try and reach another target, another milestone,” he said.
Emma Raducanu earns her first career win at the Indian Wells
Raducanu was knocked out in the first round of the Indian Wells last year, but she didn’t let that defeat hinder her campaign this year. The reigning US Open champion earned a hard-fought win against Caroline Garcia in the second round. She overcame a second-set stumble to eventually prevail 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 over her French opponent.
This was Raducanu’s second win of the year and only her fourth since her triumph at the Flushing Meadows. There were fitness concerns around her after she had to withdraw from her previous tournament due to a leg injury. But the 11th seed showed gritty determination and incredible poise to notch up her first win in the desert. In the third round, she will square off against Petra Martic of Croatia.