British pair Andy Murray & Emma Raducanu have won their opening matches at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Two-time Wimbledon Champion Murray fought back from losing the first set to Taro Danial to win 1-6 6-2 6-4. It was a landmark victory for the former World No 1 as it claimed his 700th win of the ATP Tour. The victory also gave Murray revenge after Daniel beat him in the second round of the Australian Open earlier in the year.
Murray also announced he was getting back together with former coach Ivan Lendl. It will be the third time Murray has trained with Lendl who helped guide the Scot to some of his greatest triumphs – including three Grand Slams and the World No 1 spot. Murray will be hoping Lendl can prepare him for the grass court season after he has chosen to skip the clay this year to focus on the Wimbledon Championships.
In the woman’s draw, Emma Raducanu secured a much needed win in her third round match against Caroline Garcia 6-1 3-6 6-1. The US Open Champion looked in impressive form in the first set before Garcia levelled the match by breaking Raducanu three times in the second set. The World No 13 then rallied in the decider to claim a welcome victory after a mixed start to 2022. Raducanu had been suffering with blisters and a hip injury over the past couple of months so to get her campaign underway in California will be a welcome reprieve.