Emma Raducanu, Champion of the past US Open, she debuted her victory record on the WTA circuit by defeating the Slovenian Polona Herzog in front of the empty stands in Bucharest, where his paternal grandmother, 88, could have been.
The British player, with a Romanian father, came this week to play the tournament of Cluj (Romania), which is disputed behind closed doors due to the incidence of covid, but Raducanu’s grandmother, NiculinaYes, he was able to witness the victory of his granddaughter.
This was Raducanu’s first win since winning the US Open and it is also her first win in a WTA tournament.
“It means a lot to me to be able to play in my father’s country. It’s a shame there aren’t any fans in the stadium, but I hope they can see it on television and be proud. I’ve had it in my head all the time that it could be my first victory. He was coming off a losing streak, so I’m very happy to have pushed him forward, “said Raducanu on the track.
The 18-year-old is working this week temporarily with the Spanish Esteban Carril, waiting to find a permanent coach after breaking ties with Andrew Richardson, the technician with whom he triumphed in New York.
Raducanu will seek the quarterfinals of this WTA 250 this Thursday against Ana Bogdan.