Watch: Emma Raducanu responds to Judy Murray's controversial comment about her

Raducanu asked how she felt about Judy Murray seemingly taking a shot at her.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Emma Raducanu responds to Judy Murray's controversial comment about her
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Emma Raducanu did her best to downplay the comments made by Judy Murray following her mixed doubles withdrawal, saying she was "sure" Andy Murray's mother didn't mean to shade her. 

During the weekend, presenter Marcus Buckland wrote on X about Raducanu withdrawing from her mixed doubles match with Murray just hours before the start and he used the word "astonishing" in his post. And the post received a response from Murray's mother Judy, who wrote: "Yes, astonishing."

Judy Murray's reaction drew attention and many perceived it as a direct shot at Raducanu. But some weren't happy about it - criticizing Judy Murray - which led to Murray's mother protecting her posts. 

The following day, Judy Murray's X account was made public again and she responded to everything that was written by claiming it was all just "sarcasm."

The same day, Raducanu's promising Wimbledon run ended with a disappointing 2-6 7-5 6-2 loss to qualifier world No. 123 Lulu Sun. After the match, the 21-year-old Briton was asked how she felt about the Judy Murray drama. 

"I haven't seen her reaction, so I don't know," Raducanu said with a smile on her face. 

Then, Raducanu was told about the "yes, astonishing" comment. Raducanu then added with a smile on her face: "I'm sure she didn't mean it."

Why Raducanu 'stands' by her Wimbledon mixed doubles decision?

When it was revealed on Wednesday that Raducanu and Murray formed a mixed doubles duo, the 2021 US Open champion said she "needed 10 seconds" to accept the invitation because it was "a no-brainer." But on Saturday, Raducanu changed her decision after she pulled out of the mixed doubles event with "wrist stiffness." 

To no one's surprise, Raducanu was asked for an explanation after her singles run came to an end on Sunday. And answering the question, she made it perfectly clear that just 14 months ago she had surgeries on both wrists and that she does not want to do anything that would potentially lead to new serious wrist injuries. 

"I don't think it was a mistake because I was feeling fine, then yesterday morning just woke up with stiffness. I have to prioritize myself, my singles and my body," Raducanu said.

"I stand by the decision. Obviously it was a tough decision, because it's something that I've always wanted to do. Of course I didn't want to take his last match away from him, but at the end of the day I think a lot of the players in a similar situation would have done the same thing.

"I think in this sport especially, as an individual, you have to make your own calls and prioritize yourself. Especially with my history, I just had to put myself first. Given how I woke up yesterday morning, it was for me a no-brainer."

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Raducanu happy with where she is going

Although Raducanu's Wimbledon run ended with a disappointing loss, it was still a pretty good grass season for the Briton, who was a semifinalist in Nottingham and also a quarterfinalist in Eastbourne. Also, Raducanu earned her first two top-10 wins in the past few weeks, defeating Jessica Pegula in Eastbourne before also ending on the winning side against Maria Sakkari at The Championships. 

"I beat two top-10 players within two weeks [Jessica Pegula in Eastbourne and Maria Sakkari in Wimbledon third round], which is a pretty big deal for me, seeing as the whole US Open even I didn't play one top-10 player," Raducanu said.

"I think I have to take confidence from that. Six months ago when I was starting out after surgery, I would have signed for fourth round at Wimbledon.

"Of course I'm disappointed. Of course I want more. I think everything does happen for a reason. It just fuels the fire and makes me more hungry. You don't want things to happen too easily and too quickly. I had that before [with US Open success]. I don't necessarily want just a massive spike.

"I think I'm working there, tracking in the right direction. That desire and fire is back. I just want to keep building on that."

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Raducanu, who is currently ranked at No. 135 in the world, will be a top-100 player again when the WTA rankings list get updated on Monday. 

Now, Raducanu will likely take a short break and then start practicing on hard and preparing for her first tournament of the North American hard court swing in Washington.

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