Emma Radukanu reaches Transylvania Open quarterfinals with straight sets win over Anna Bogdan

Emma Raduanu defeated Anna Bodagan to reach the quarter-finals of the last 16 match of the Transylvania Open on Thursday.

She first defeated Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets on the WTA Tour and then defeated home favorite Ana Bogdan in a last-16 match on Thursday afternoon in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

It was her first win since she stunned the sporting world at Flushing Meadows last month and became the first British women’s singles Grand Slam winner for 44 years.

She was also the first qualifier to win a major in the Open Era, but followed that surprising victory with an early exit at the hands of Aliksandra Sasnovich at Indian Wells and a withdrawal from the Kremlin Cup in Russia.

Redukanu – who is confident of having a new coach ahead of the Australian Open after splitting from Andrew Richardson following his success in New York – will face 19-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in the last eight at the Transylvania Open.

“It was great to play a Romanian here,” said Raducanu, whose father is Romanian and is with him for this tournament.

“Unfortunately, there are no fans but all the volunteers who make this tournament possible and I would have liked to play again with some noise against Ana, who is a great opponent.

“I think it’s taking a while for my feet to settle down. I’m learning from every match I play and I don’t think I’m a finished product yet, but I’m learning and I’m enjoying my time I am this tournament.”

Radukanu also revealed that he has now donated his US Open trophy to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) as a gesture of gratitude.

“I thought the LTA had done a lot for me and I want them to give it as a gesture for everything they have done for me. It’s a small gift,” she said.


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