Emma Raducanu responded at the Transylvania Open with her first win since becoming a US Open winner.
Indian Wells: Beat the 18-year-old Briton in the second round in a historic victory at Flushing Meadows last month.
However, the 23-year-old, Raducanu who grew up in Romania, had the perfect response against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, 30.
First, run in Ian’s hometown, Raducanu won 4-6 7-5 6-1 to reach the second half.
Despite being a Grand Slam winner, it was her first win on the WTA tour despite her supporters being turned away by Cluj-Napoca due to the Covid-19 ban, her 88-year-old grandmother, Niculina, who lives in Bucharest, has produced shows. strong victory.
Raducanu smiled and laughed during his post-match interview, where he spoke completely Romanian and asked him about his favorite local food.
“This means playing a lot in my father’s country,” he said. “That was our only concern at the time.
“It’s a shame the fans aren’t here but I hope they watch and I want to make them proud.
“I lost so I’m happy to get through it. It was my first win, I knew it was in my head, so I worked hard to get into the timeline.”
Raducanu, who is still looking for a new manager after parting ways with Andrew Richardson after his US Open win, asked for patience ahead of the WTA 250 program.
However, playing against a more experienced opponent in a game of two hours 29 minutes, he managed to win.
The teenager was leading 3-0, but Hercog, who is ranked 124th in the world, won his two-point lead to battle it out and take the last five games.
Raducanu teamed up with the latter and started showing some of the grit and shooting options that led to the exciting win in New York.
Hercog managed to score three interceptions in the fourth game of the series before Raducanu saved one of his last 6-5 games.
Welshman lost ground after Hercog dispatched his predecessor at the end of three weeks, before going through the first five games of the third quarter.
Hercog eventually scored as he headed in two games and broke in the next, but Raducanu beat him with an ace and set the match against Ana Bogdan, the world’s first Romanian, 28.
Raducanu said, “I am proud of the way I fought.” It was us.
“The key is to try to keep thinking. I know I’m not playing well, so I have to move at the same time and give myself a chance to carry that message.”
Norrie wins in Vienna
Cameron Norrie then won by beating Marton Fucsovics 7-6(4) 6-1 in the first round of the Vienna Open.
It was the first Briton to play his first game since beating Indian Wells earlier this month and the 26-year-old beat Hungary for his seventh win.
Norrie who is 11th in 12 games and 14th in the world will face Felix Auger-Aliassime who has the sixth seed in Canada in the next round.