Emma Raducanu has admitted she’s delighted by Andy Murray’s support as she continues her charge towards US Open glory. The 18-year-old ruthlessly dispatched Shelby Rogers on Monday. And she’s now just three victories away from claiming the first Grand Slam title of her career.
Raducanu burst onto the scene at Wimbledon earlier in the year.
And she’s continued to evolve at the US Open, winning all of her matches without dropping a single set so far.
The 18-year-old was far too strong for Rogers in their round of 16 showdown on Monday, winning 6-2, 6-1.
And, speaking in her press conference after the match, she hailed the support she’s received from Murray throughout her career so far.
When Raducanu was criticised for withdrawing from Wimbledon earlier in the year by Piers Morgan, Murray said: “Think this is a very harsh take on the situation Piers.
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“I think some of what he said was fair yes…however the timing of it was a bit off considering nobody had any clue what her issue was injury/illness/breathings issues etc at the time of his comments.”
And Raducanu has now addressed Murray’s support, saying: “Yeah, Andy is such an inspirational person to look up to.
“The amount that he’s achieved, the amount he can do with his racquet and skill.
“To have him like sometimes believe in me, support me, I think it means a lot to have had someone like that.
“Also today had Virginia Wade in the front row.
“I saw her, spoke to her a little bit after the match. It was just really cool to be able to speak to such legends, get their tips on a couple things.”
Raducanu feels ‘confident and happy’ with her performances at the US Open so far, too.
“Yeah, I think the scorelines are quite irrelevant because the matches and the dynamic and the games, a lot are going to deuce,” said the teenager.
“Those long games, like, one can win them, but it’s such a tight match. It’s very difficult to call.
“I’m feeling very confident and happy with how I’m performing out here in the States.
“I feel like I’m building with each match. I’m really excited to see what I can do on Wednesday.”
Raducanu loved playing against Rogers at the prestigious Arthur Ashe Stadium and also had some words of comfort for her opponent as well.
“Yeah, I mean, I was really grateful to have actually received quite a lot of support out there on Ashe, playing an American,” she said.
“I could hear a lot of chants, like people saying, C’mon, Emma, and my name.
“That meant a lot to me to have received that amount of support out on Ashe playing someone who is the home, like, player.
“I know being the home player brings a lot of motivation.
“Shelby has definitely had a great tournament. She played extremely well here last year.
“I’m super grateful for all the support that I received in my whole time in New York. Even from my first-round qualifying match when there weren’t any spectators, I still had a couple of people supporting.
“It’s kind of built, so I’m really, really appreciative.”