Making Dad Proud: Emma Raducanu pays tribute to her Romanian father with a victory message in her native language after her first victory since the US Open at the Transylvanian Open
- Emma Raducanu has won her first tennis match since her victory at the US Open
- British No. 1 defeated World No. 124 Polona Hercog at the Transylvania Open
- Raducanu lost the first set 6-4 after losing surprisingly five games in a row.
- But he bravely responded to claim a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win at Cluj-Napoca.
- He then enchanted the locals by speaking Romanian in his post-match interview.
Emma Raducanu unleashed her Romanian half to tell the locals that she loves them after taking her first win since her US Open title at the Transylvanian Open.
Before enchanting an almost empty stadium by speaking Romanian, she defeated the experienced Slovenian Polona Hercog 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to make the second round, in which she will face Ana Bogdan.
“It means a lot to play in my dad’s country,” he said after completing a victory in two hours and 28 minutes.
Raducanu then tweeted after the game: ‘Very happy to get my first WTA win today. Multumesc mult yes, iubesc you. ‘
The Romanian part of the tweet, translated, reads: ‘Thank you very much and I love you.’
Emma Raducanu tweeted after her first win since her US Open success at the Transylvanian Open.
Britain’s No. 1 has Romanian roots and posted this rooftop selfie after her latest win.
Raducanu won his first match since his US Open triumph at the Transylvania Open
Raducanu with Father Ian. The tennis ace said ‘it means a lot to play in my father’s country’ after her victory at the Transylvanian Open.
This was an ideal contest for her, and incredibly the first time she has won a match on tour at this level.
Raducanu got off to a promising start before the largely deserted stands imposed on this event by new regulations from the Romanian government.
She swept to a 4-1 lead after earning a sixth break point in a second marathon game of the match.
It wasn’t long before the highly motivated Hercog showed why she was once ranked 35th in the world, eliminating mistakes and taking advantage of her opponent’s dwindling level of trust in serve.
The British No.1 beat stubborn Slovenian Polona Hercog (pictured) who took the first set in Cluj
Raducanu struggled early on and lost the first set after losing alarmingly five games in a row.
Raducanu’s forehand was also becoming shaky and occasionally brash, and at 4-4, she drew a very wide to seal that broke in love.
Holding her ground early in the second, the US Open champion forced three break points at 2-1 against the energetic Slovenian.
As with Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Indian Wells, he was playing well above his 124 rating, but that’s to be expected with Raducanu with his new goal.
There was certainly nothing season-ending about the determined Hercog, who hadn’t beaten a top 100 player since Roland Garros.
But the 18-year-old made an astonishing recovery to advance to the second round later this week.
Raducanu appeared to be in deep trouble when he faced a break point at 4-4, but played his way out of trouble with the help of an ace. There were more problems at 5-5 and another break point, but he survived with a low backhand and skidding.
She created a first set point in the next game, but was only able to send her return of serve backhand for long.
A double fault provided another, but he couldn’t handle Hercog’s driving angle. In the third, his opponent agreed by sending the long ball.
That seemed to deflate the Slovenian and cheer on Raducanu, who went ahead to 3-0 in the decider and held comfortably from there to claim her fourth match point.