Transylvania Open 2021: Women’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction

The inaugural Transylvania Open 2021 will be the second tournament to be played in Romania and the only WTA tournament to be played on Hardcourts in the country.

Simona Halep, Anett Kontaveit and Emma Raducanu - top 3 seeds of the Transylvania Open 2021
Simona Halep, Anett Kontaveit and Emma Raducanu - top 3 seeds of the Transylvania Open 2021

The Transylvania Open 2021 will be making its debut on the WTA Tour as the WTA-250 tournament is set to begin from 25th October in Cluj-Napoca in Romania. It will be the final tournament in Romania for the season and the only one to be played on hardcourts as the other tournament is the WTA-250 Winners Open played on Claycourts in Cluj-Napoca.

There will be no crowd at the tournament this week due to the Covid policy of the government and players will be playing in front of empty stands.

Tournament Details:

  • Tournament: Transylvania Open 2021
  • Date: October 18- October 24, 2021
  • Number of Entrants: 32 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Surface: Hard Court
  • Prize Money: $235,238
  • Defending champion: First-ever edition

Top Seeds at the Tenerife Ladies Open 2021

  • Simona Halep
  • Anett Kontaveit
  • Emma Raducanu
  • Jil Teichmann
  • Ajla Tomljanovic
  • Marta Kostyuk
  • Irina-Camelia Begu
  • Anhelina Kalinina

Top Half

First Quarter

Ajla Tomljanovic
Ajla Tomljanovic

Top-seed Simona Halep will begin against Elena Ruse in the opening round and will be the favourite for the tie and is likely to meet Varvara Gracheva in the 2nd round who begins against German Andrea Petkovic. 5th seed Ajla Tomljanovic is also present in the draw and will begin against Anastasia Potapova and is likely to meet Kaja Juvan in round 2 who starts against Jaqueline Cristian.

1st Quarterfinal Prediction: Simona Halep vs Ajla Tomljanovic

Second Quarter

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

Looking for her first tour win, 2021 US Open champion and 3rd seeded Emma Raducanu will start against Polona Hercog and should she win, will meet Ana Bogdan in the 2nd round who starts against Ivana Jorovic. 6th seeded Marta Kostyuk will be up against Bernarda Pera in round 1 and is likely to meet the winner of the match between Mona Barthel who awaits her opponent coming from the qualifying rounds.

2nd Quarterfinal Prediction: Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

Third Quarter

Camila Osorio
Camila Osorio

4th seeded Jil Teichmann is likely to meet wildcard entrant Andreea Prisacariu in round 2 provided they win their first round clashes against the qualifiers who are yet to be confirmed. Columbian teenager Camila Osorio will start against Rebecca Peterson and can expect a clash with 7th seeded Irina-Camelia Begu in the 2nd round who starts Irina Bara.

3rd Quarterfinal Prediction: Jil Teichmann vs Camila Osorio

Fourth Quarter

Anhelina Kalinina
Anhelina Kalinina

2nd seeded and in-form Estonian Anett Kontaveit is yet to be informed of her opponent and will meet a qualifier and will be the favourite to move into round 2 where she is most likely to meet Danka Kovinic who begins against Alison Van Uytvanck. 8th seeded Anhelina Kalinina and Anna-Lena Friedsam can expect a match-up against each other in round 2.

4th Quarterfinal Prediction: Anett Kontaveit vs Anhelina Kalinina

Semifinals

Simona Halep
Simona Halep

In the first semi-final, Simona Halep and Emma Raducanu could meet for the first time in their careers and a great clash can be expected between the two Grand Slam champions. Anett Kontaveit can expect Camila Osorio as her semi-final opponent after the Columbian took down Elina Svitolina in the first round of the Tenerife Open and also reached the finals of the event.

Transylvania Open 2021 Final: Simona Halep vs Anett Kontaveit

Final

Anett Kontaveit
Anett Kontaveit

Halep and Kontaveit could renew their rivalry as they would potentially meet for the 4th time in their careers and the first time this season. While Halep has a 3-0 record against the Estonian, the current form of Kontaveit makes her a hot-favourite for the title in Romania and can deny the Romanian local girl Halep a chance to win the title in her home.

Transylvania Open 2021 Champion: Anett Kontaveit

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