Emma Radukanu (UK, 23rd in the world rankings) is one of the best surprise stars produced by the world tennis world this season. This is because a 19-year-old girl who was only ranked 150th in the world won the US Open, a major event in September. What is even more surprising is that Radukanu had not won even a single win in the Women’s Professional Tennis Tour (WTA) Tour Tournament before this victory. He was a real ‘surprise star’ that no one paid attention to before winning. Since the US Open is sponsored by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), not the WTA, Radukanu was a major winner, but his WTA tour record remained undefeated until recently.
This Radukanu finally started to build up victories on the WTA Tour. He defeated Polona Herzog (Slovenia, 124th) 2-1 (4-6 7-5 6-1) in the first round of the second singles final of the WTA Tour Transylvania Open held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on the 27th. This is the first win on the WTA Tour.
Two days later, on the 29th, in the second round of the fourth day of the tournament, Ana Bogdan (Romania, 106th) defeated Ana Bogdan 2-0 (6-4 6-4).
Radukanu, whose father is of Romanian descent and mother of Chinese descent, built up his first WTA tour victories in competitions held in his father’s home country.
In the quarterfinals, Radukanu will face Marta Kostuk (Ukraine, 55th). Kostuk is also a 19-year-old player like Radukanu, who has been active in this season, reaching the round of 16 at the French Open. Until just before the U.S. Open, it had received much more attention than Radukanu. Naturally, a fierce battle for self-esteem is expected between peers of the same age.
Since it is a battle between players who have not yet accumulated professional years, this is the first matchup. The two did not even meet on the junior stage. However, they met twice in an informal match in 2014 and 2015 when they were in their early teens, and exchanged 1 win and 1 loss.
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