‘I was absolutely looking forward to him today’: Emma Raducanu reveals Andy Murray helped inspire her to victory over Caroline Garcia at the BNP Paribas Open after reaching the second round herself
- Emma Raducanu says Andy Murray inspired her to win against Caroline Garcia
- Raducanu spoke with Murray after his 700th victory on the ATP Tour
- Raducanu admitted she had had some tough times with Covid and injuries
The two of them went into the hallway when they followed him to the main court in Indian Wells, where he had just picked up his 700th win on the ATP Tour.
Raducanu then recorded only their second victory of a difficult season when they overcame France‘s former world number one Caroline Garcia 6-1 3-6 6-1 to make it to the third round, after she had a bee.
Emma Raducanu revealed Andy Murray helped inspire her to victory against Caroline Garcia
On a good night for the GB players followed by Harriet Dart, world number eighteen defeated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.
By that time, Murray had defeated the Japanese Taro Daniel, thus achieving one of the goals he had set for himself in his 35th year.
“I absolutely looked up to him today, especially since I followed him,” said US Open champion Raducanu. ‘I knew he was going through some difficult moments. I thought the same thing when I dropped the second set.
‘I was like,’ you can do the same thing, just push through ‘. It’s always like a weirdo when you follow someone who just won. You really want to do the same. It kind of gives you the extra fuel. He gave me like a fistfight, it was really cool.
Raducanu spoke with Murray in the corridor after his 700th victory on the ATP Tour
‘He has obviously been supportive. Once when I was just practicing, I knew how to beat him. I was so nervous. I moved my feet so fast just to try and keep up.
‘I think he’s just such a great role model for me and everyone from the UK, and also all over the world. I can only dream of 700 victories. ‘
Raducanu’s only other win this season was in the first round of the Australian Open, with hip injuries a problem as she tries to develop her physique to maintain the intensity of the main event. She now faces the talented Croatian Petra Martic.
‘It has been challenging,’ she admitted. ‘Covid, the injuries, the blisters, I think they were all a knockout effect of Covid (before Christmas), and then not training for three weeks.
‘It’s difficult when you do not have momentum. It’s so stop-start. To Mexico last month I flew home, almost everyone was like, ‘You’re ready. Hopefully Miami is 50/50. ‘ (it happens later this month). At that point, that’s like four weeks of rehab, coming back.
Raducanu admitted that she had had some difficult moments, but hopes that she will start to gain momentum
‘I feel like now people are starting to realize that it will take some time for me to get used to living. I feel that patience is a big thing. As soon as I sit down and go through all these highs and lows, I will find a kind of balance. ‘
After a career-best victory over a player who may have other things on her mind, Dart now has the chance to crack the top 100 in the world when she defeats veteran Kaia Kanepi in the next round.
Cam Norrie won the tournament in October when it was last held, and would begin his title defense against Spaniard Pedro Martinez.
The British number one was somewhat uncharitably placed on outside Court Number Five for his first match back in the desert spot.
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