Emma Raducanu: US Open champion defeats Ana Bogdan as British sensation reaches quarter-finals at Transylvanian Open | Tennis News
British No.1 Emma Raducanu secures her second victory at the Transylvanian Open in Cluj as she reaches the quarter-finals; US Open champion faces Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk on Friday; Cameron Norrie beaten by Felix Auger Aliassime at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna
By Raz Mirza
Last update: 10/28/21 5:36 PM
Emma Raducanu notched two wins in as many appearances at the Transylvanian Open in Cluj, keeping her on track for a possible showdown with seed Simona Halep later in the tournament.
The 18-year-old, who rose from 343 at the end of 2020 to 23rd in the world ahead of the WTA 250 tournament, continued her first victory with another, but in a more comfortable way this time, against Ana Bogdan.
At just her fourth Tour-level tournament, Raducanu was stress free as she claimed a 6-3 6-4 victory behind closed doors on Thursday.
“I think it really takes a while for me to get my bearings. I’m learning from every game I play and I don’t think I’m the finished product yet,” Raducanu said on his time on the pitch. . maintenance.
“I’m still learning from every game, enjoying the experience and enjoying my time here in this tournament so far.”
Raducanu, already a Grand Slam champion after her smash hit at the US Open, saved three break points in her first service game, but then showed her class by taking a 3-0 lead before the No. World 106 is not selected to climb on the board. .
The Bromley, Kentish teenager continued her high-intensity approach to win a 4-1 draw, but Bogan kept in touch.
After holding 5-2, Raducanu threatened to seal the set on Bogan’s serve, but the 28-year-old Romanian held on.
The third seed finally served in an accomplished way with his first take to enjoy taking control of the contest.
Currently without a coach after parting ways with Andrew Richardson, Raducanu called for an immediate break early in the second set and appeared to be heading for a single victory.
A loss of focus by the British No.1 got Bogan back into the game, as the Romanian fired back and dug deep for a 3-2 lead.
Bogdan let his frustration slip over referee Kader Nouni after a controversial line call in a seventh 12-minute marathon match, which proved to be crucial.
Raducanu needed three break points, but she finally sealed it, before maintaining her level all the way to the finish line for an impressive victory.
The British star’s father, who is traveling with his daughter this week, is Romanian and the plan is to visit his family in Bucharest after his tournament run is over.
She’s hoping it won’t be anytime soon as she’s playing at 19 Marta Kostyuk in the quarterfinals then, after the sixth seed knocked out Mona Barthel of Germany 6-4 6-4.
Despite a back problem, Simona Halep passed Varvara Gracheva, 6-4, 6-2, and kept the home prospects alive.
– Transylvania Open (@TransylvaniaOpn) 28 October 2021
Former world No. 1 Simona halep stayed on track for a showdown with Raducanu after beating Varvara Gracheva 6-4 6-2. The home favorite will face his Romanian compatriot Jaqueline Cristian first after the 23-year-old Bucharest upset fifth seed Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5.
Norrie knocked out in Vienna
Cameron Norrie wasted three match points when he was knocked out of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna by Felix Auger-Aliassime.
It was a remarkable turnaround from sixth seed Auger-Aliassime, who was 3-6 in the second set tie-break before scoring five straight points to force a deciding set.
After two hours and 36 minutes, the Canadian came out on top with a 2-6 7-6 (7-6) 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 tournament.
“I really had in mind that I couldn’t go easily. I wanted to push him to really fight and earn it in the second set,” Auger-Aliassime told the ATP Tour.
“He did well. I was down three match points. Somehow I was lucky.
“He was so close to winning, I just hit a crazy shot on match point to save it, so sometimes the margins are small. It was today, so I’m going to take it.”
Murray gets the Paris wild card
In other news, the former world No. 1 for men Andy Murray received a wildcard for the Paris Masters main draw, which starts on Monday.