Come play in the Fed Cup for us! Emma Raducanu has enchanted Romania and now her father’s homeland wants to hunt her down
- Emma Raducanu has made a strong impression on local players in Romania
- British No. 1 faces Ana Bogdan in the second round of the Transylvania Open
- World No. 106 Bogdan said Raducanu’s win at the US Open was inspiring.
The unfortunate moment of the Transylvanian Open means that very few of Emma Raducanu’s Romanian fan club are able to see her in person this week.
The local blocking measures have taken care of that, but there is no doubt that it has made a strong impression on the large contingent of local players.
So much so that one of them, 28-year-old Ana Bogdan, who plays Raducanu in the second round on Thursday, said she would be happy to see the British No. 1 put her luck in her father’s country of birth.
Emma Raducanu has left a strong impression on local players in Romania this week
Raducanu has spoken of how the Romanian players, more numerous than the British on the tour, have been especially friendly and “have welcomed me under their protection.”
Bogdan, the 106th in the world, replied: ‘If you want to play for the Romanian Federation Cup (Billie Jean King Cup) squad, you are more than welcome.
“He was born in Canada but grew up in the UK. It’s amazing, I also understand that you speak Chinese. He also speaks a few words in Romanian. This is pretty sweet, it has a sweet accent. ‘
Regardless of his multicultural roots, Raducanu was largely made in England and will not represent anyone else.
Their next fully competitive appearance in the UK could be in February, if the British BJK Cup team draws at home in their qualifying match for the annual finals.
The Transylvania Open has been held behind closed doors due to lockdown measures.
Nonetheless, Bogdan, one of the eight Romanians in the top 150, still found what she did to win the US Open inspiring.
‘She proved that anything is possible if you work hard, believe and remain positive. If you do the right things, you can do it.
‘It is very important to have the right attitude. That’s what I admired when I saw her. I admired his concentration, his footwork, his shooting, and the way he carried himself. That smile and that innocence on his face, that was the key. It was an inspiration for me and many girls.
‘Somehow in that finale, I was hoping that she would win. Because his game is amazing. His shots are very good and deep, strong and powerful. ‘
Bogdan has reached 59 in the world, but her current position of 106 suggests she shouldn’t pose much of a threat to the US Open champion.
British No. 1 faces Romanian Ana Bogdan in the second round of the Transylvania Open
However, these slow-paced indoor courts at BT Arena can act as a leveler.
Raducanu was delighted to go through her first round, making it her first win at the regular level of the WTA Tour. The most anticipated would be a semifinal on Saturday against fellow local hero Simona Halep.
The British No.1 was watching in the stands as the former Wimbledon champion won her first round on Wednesday. Although this event has been ordered to take place behind closed doors, again there were a total of three figures of people who had found their way on one premise or another.
Cam Norrie faces Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round of the Vienna Open on Thursday, hoping to knock out one of his rivals for a place in next month’s ATP Finals in Turin.
The pressure remains on Norrie after one of his closest rivals, Italian Jannik Sinner, knocked him down to 11th place in the race on Wednesday by beating American giant Reilly Opelka in Austria. The ninth finalist will qualify.
Whatever happens in the next few days, nothing will be decided until next week, when double the qualification points are offered at the covered Paris Open in Bercy.