Emma Raducanu has shown ‘ruthless streak’ says commentator
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Emma Raducanu could face a dream clash against idol Simona Halep at the Transylvania Open this week. Raducanu, 18, is set to play her second tournament since her historic US Open win in September. She lost her only game since then at Indian Wells against Aliaksandra Sasnovich earlier this month.
Raducanu is set for her first WTA tournament in the country of her father’s birth.
And she could potentially come up against top seed Halep in the semi-final stage.
The duo have been positioned in the same side of the draw ahead of the inaugural tournament.
Romanian Halep will face compatriot Gabriela Rusa in the first round.
Raducanu will start her campaign against Slovenian Polona Hercog.
Ana Bogdan or Ivana Jorovic are potential second round opponents, before a likely clash with Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-final.
Raducanu was looking forward to playing in front of the Romanian fans due to her family allegiance.
After confirming her participation at the tournament, Raducanu said: “I am extremely excited to play at the Transylvania Open, in front of Romanian fans.
“My father is from Romania, so to participate for the first time in a WTA competition in the country where he was born is a special moment and I can’t wait to get to Cluj.”
However, due to a huge rise in COVID-19 cases in Romania, the decision has been made to play the tournament without spectators.
Following Raducanu’s loss to Sasnovich at Indian Wells, Halep was asked about the pressure on the British sensation.
And the 30-year-old advised Raducanu to be ‘careful’ after such a big win so early in her career.
“It’s difficult for me to do an analysis,” Halep said.
“In my case, it took me a long time to win my first Grand Slam, I had won other tournaments before but it is of course not comparable to a Slam. So I can’t give my opinion too much.
“From my personal experience, I think you have to be very careful after such a big victory because being so young you don’t have that experience of winning big titles. In Emma’s case, it’s even the first title of her career.
“Either way, you won’t know exactly what a player of this age feels like to win such a tournament.”
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