Former Tennis Player Compares Emma Raducanu to Andy Murray Following her Successful Winning Streak at US Open 2021

Published 09/03/2021, 1:07 PM EDT
Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a shot against Shuai Zhang of China in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 US Open is delivering on the non-stop action it had promised. Courtesy of its star-studded lineup gracing the courts of New York, brilliant tennis continues to flow in. Notably, as a new era of stars begins to steal the spotlight from the veterans, British international, Emma Raducanu leads the charge for the young battalion. However, as she continues her winning streak in the competition, a former tennis player draw links of her performances to that of the great, Andy Murray.

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Young sensation Emma Raducanu has been in fine form at the US Open. Ever since her successful run at the 2021 Wimbledon championship, her first major slam, she’s considered as one of the most exciting youngsters on the circuit. Notably, as the 18-year-old cruised into the third round at the flushing meadows, she turned a few heads.

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Former tennis player, Annabel Croft, was thoroughly impressed with Emma’s stellar talent. Crediting her fine run in the tournament, she compared Emma’s gameplay to that of Andy Murray.

“It’s very Murray like”- Annabel Croft on Emma Raducanu

A former WTA athlete herself, the British-born Croft hailed Emma’s mentality and competitiveness, despite her young age. Speaking of her similarities to 3-time Grand Slam Champion Andy Murray, she detailed the youngster’s on-court attributes.

She said, “It’s very Murray-like. It’s like she’s picked up a lot of what he brought to the court in terms of the competitive element when someone doesn’t want to give an inch. When somebody has got that competitive spirit down the other end, you can just feel it and it’s all around.” 

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a shot against Shuai Zhang of China in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Not just Croft but former World No. 5, Daniela Hantuchova, was all praise for Emma as well. Notably, she even compared her to a fellow American youngster, Coco Gauff, choosing Emma as the better of the two.

She said, “Emma has it all, whatever it takes to become not only a top-ten player but I believe also a Grand Slam champion. There is not one part of her game where I would say ‘This needs to improve.’ Unlike Coco Gauff, where I feel like technically she needs to improve a lot of things.”

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The winning streak continues

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Emma Raducanu has taken the tournament by storm with her impressive winning streak. Displaying her youthful exuberance, she’s played at her best throughout the competition. Emma kick-started her campaign as a qualifier and has continued to play dominant, authoritative tennis since.

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Cruising past each of her previous opponents, she has sealed all of her 5 outings in straight sets, including her round 2 clash with China’s Shuai Zhang. Notably, as she prepares for her round 3 match against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, fans expect yet another enthralling performance. However, will the 18-year-old surpass expectations yet again? or will this be a harsh learning curve in her career?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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