Andy Murray confident ‘unbelievably bright’ Emma Raducanu will deal with her ‘little bump’ in a mature way

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There was always going to be “little bumps and stuff along the way” following Emma Raducanu’s US Open success, but Andy Murray is backing the teenager to overcome any setbacks.

Raducanu stunned the tennis world when she became the first qualifier to win the US Open – winning 10 matches in a row without dropping a set – but her unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Playing in her first event since winning at Flushing Meadows, the 18-year-old was beaten in straight sets by Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Indian Wells.

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Former world No 1 Murray was asked about her defeat and replied: “What happened in New York was obviously incredible but in tennis and sport it doesn’t just go in an upwards direction all the time.

“There’s always little bumps and stuff along the way. It’s just a little bump, but I think pretty much everyone was sort of expecting that as well. I don’t think it’s anything unexpected, to be honest.”

The three-time Grand Slam winner added: “She’s unbelievably bright, well educated and stuff.

“So you would imagine she would certainly be a lot better equipped to deal with everything that’s going on than most and deal with it in a more mature way than I’d have done when I was 18.”

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