Marie Mahé, Media365, published on Tuesday October 26, 2021 at 9:00 p.m.
Beaten at the start of Indian Wells, the winner of the last US Open Emma Raducanu returned to success on Tuesday for her debut in the Cluj-Napoca tournament. His first non-tournament Grand Slam victory. Seeded No. 6, Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk also qualified for the second round, at the expense of American Bernarda Pera. On the other hand, it is already over for the Romanian Irina Begu (n ° 7).
Raducanu returns to success
After her coronation at the US Open at only 18 years old and for her first participation in the New York meeting, for which she had to compete in the qualifications, Emma Raducanu had naturally been one of the big favorites of the WTA 1000 of Indian Wells, scheduled a month later. To everyone’s surprise, the heroine of Flushing Meadows had left the tournament straight away, crushed by Belarusian Sasnovich, 86th in the world. His return to the courts this Tuesday in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) was therefore eagerly awaited. This time, the British nugget of Romanian origin did not take its feet in the carpet. However, she was scared against her opponent for her debut in the tournament the Slovenian Polona Hercog, 124th in the standings. Raducanu found himself led to nothing. She was then hung in the second set until 5-5, when the 23rd in the standings chose to accelerate. She did well because Hercog only scored one game against the Briton, finally released (victory 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in 2h29 of play). For the first time since her dream US Open, she won a match. His very first on the WTA circuit, excluding Grand Slam tournaments. To line up a second victory in a row, she will have to defeat the local Bogdan in the second round.
Kostyuk makes a successful debut
Marta Kostyuk assured. This Tuesday, the Ukrainian, 55th player in the world and seeded No. 6, qualified for the second round of the WTA 250 tournament in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, on hard, after her victory against the American Bernarda Pera, 94th player in the world, in two sets (6-3, 6-4) and 1h14 of play. In the first set, it was the American who then obtained, from the start, a first break point, but without succeeding in converting it. A wasted opportunity, because, at 2-1 in favor of the Ukrainian, Bernarda Pera, in turn saved a first break point, before losing to the second. With this advantage in his pocket, Marta Kostyuk then concluded this first round, at his second opportunity (6-3). Finally, the second and last round was much more disjointed. Double-breaked white to find itself then led 4-1, the less well classified of the two then remade its delay in the stride, not without having, meanwhile, saved four balls of new break. Finally, at 4-4, the 94th player in the world lost a final serve. In the process, the American however had a new opportunity to equalize, but on the same game, her opponent ended up having the last word (6-4).
Begu does not pass the cut
On the other hand, it’s already over for Irina Begu. This Tuesday, the Romanian, 57th player in the world and seeded No. 7, was eliminated in the first round of the WTA 250 tournament in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, on hard, by her compatriot Irina Maria Bara, 138th player in the world and beneficiary of ‘a wild card, in three sets (7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-4) and 2:27 hours of play. The first part of the first round was somewhat disjointed and during the first six games, the two players then broke twice each. Returning therefore to equality, they then went to the tie-break. A decisive game led from start to finish then won by Irina Maria Bara (7-6 (2)). In the second round, the 57th player in the world therefore went it alone, with only one break point to save, at 4-0, but a bicycle wheel at the finish (6-0). But this very good set was therefore not followed up. In the third and final set, Irina Begu was the only one to lose her serve, 2-2, while then being unable to break in the wake, despite two opportunities. It was therefore Irina Maria Bara who then concluded, at her second opportunity (6-4).
CLUJ-NAPOCA (Romania, WTA 250, hard, € 202,008)
Halep (ROU, n ° 1) or Ruse (ROU) – Gracheva (RUS)
Cristian (ROU, WC) – Tomljanovic (AUS, n ° 5)
Raducanu (GBR, n ° 3) – Bogdan (ROU)
Barthel (ALL) – Kostyuk (UKR, n ° 6)
Bara Irina (ROU, WC) –Peterson (SUE)
Tsurenko (UKR, Q) – Gasanova (RUS, Q)
Kalinina (UKR, n°8) – Friedsam (ALL)
Van Uytvanck (BEL) – Krunic (SER, Q) ou Kontaveit (EST, n°2)
Halep (ROU, n°1)-Ruse (ROU)
Gracheva (RUS) bat Petkovic (ALL) : 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Cristian (ROU, WC) bat Juvan (SLO): 3-6, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3)
Tomljanovic (AUS, n ° 5) bat Potapova (RUS) : 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
Raducanu (GBR, n ° 3) bat Herzog (SLO): 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Bogdan (ROU) bat Jorovic (SER) : 7-6 (1), 6-4
Barthel (ALL) bat Bondar (HUN, Q) : 6-3, 7-5
Kostyuk (UKR, n ° 6) bat Pera (USA): 6-3, 6-4
Bara Irina (ROU, WC) bat Begu (ROU, n°7): 7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-4
Peterson (SUE) bat Fett (CRO, LL) : 6-1, 6-3
Tsurenko (UKR, Q) bat Prisacariu (ROU, WC): 7-5, 6-2
Gasanova (RUS, Q) bat Teichmann (SUI, n°4): 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
Kalinina (UKR, n ° 8) bat Pattinama Kerkhove (PBS, Q): 6-1, 6-1
Friedsam (ALL) bat Ignatik (ROU, Q) : 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Van Uytvanck (BEL) bat Kovinic (MNE): 6-4, 6-4
Krunic (SER, Q) – Kontaveit (EST, n ° 2)