‘I’m not the finished product yet,’ Emma Raducanu books a spot in the quarter-finals at the Transylvania Open

Emma Raducanu cruises past Ana Bogdan into the quarter-finals on 2021 Transylvania Open.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

Canadian born and British raised 18-year-old Emma Raducanu showed glimpses of her US Open winning form as she cruised past 28-year-old Romanian Ana Bogdan in straight sets on Thursday afternoon at the Transylvania Open to book a quarter-finals spot. The British sensation who triumphed US Open in the last month is still adapting to her newfound celebrity status but won her second match since that fairy tale success as she sealed a confident 6-3, 6-4 win.

Raducanu has stressed the importance of gathering experience, and this second-round encounter gave her another opportunity to do so. She had to adjust quite a bit to a very different player, one who has been watching her closely in recent months but with whom she is not at all familiar, after her gritty 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win against Polona Hercog in the first round, in which she faced break point in nervous moments at 4-4 and 5-5 in the second set before reeling off eight of the final nine games to win.

“I know her [Ana Bogdan] a little bit off court, we spoke a bit, and she was really nice and friendly,” Raducanu said. “I have never played against her. A great opponent but I have not seen much just yet.”

She had raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening set and kept her composure with several ferocious forehand-wins, taking advantage of Bogdan’s error-filled performance.

Emma Raducanu says she’s not the ‘finished product’

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

In her post-match interview when she was asked how she felt playing against a Romanian, Raducanu expressed that she felt great and that she is learning from each of her matches.

“It was so good to play a Romanian, it wasn’t the fans but all the volunteers we appreciate your hard work so thank you very much. I loved playing with some noise again with Ana who’s a great opponent,” she said.

“It’s definitely taking me time to find my feet so I’m taking learnings from every match. I’m not the finished product, learning from every match and loving my time in the tournament

Raducanu will face Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-finals.

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