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Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk LIVE: Tennis match result and reaction from Transylvania Open

Follow all the fallout from the quarter-final meeting in Romania

Alex Pattle
Friday 29 October 2021 19:13
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Emma Raducanu Asks For Patience

Emma Raducanu is out of the Transylvania Open after suffering a straight-sets defeat by Marta Kostyuk.

With a semi-final against former world No1 Simona Halep on the line, Raducanu could not replicate the composure she showed while en route to lifting the US Open trophy last month. The 18-year-old hit 41 unforced errors in a shaky performance against her Ukrainian opponent on Friday, winning just 52 per cent of points on her first serve and mustering just one break point – which she failed to convert – in the 6-2 6-1 loss. In stark contrast, 19-year-old Kostyuk put produced a consistent, solid showing over the course of exactly 60 minutes, breaking the British No1 twice in the first set and three times in the second to move into the last eight – despite Raducanu saving three match points in the final game.

While Kostyuk takes on two-time Grand Slam champion Halep – who is competing on home soil – in the semi-finals, second seed Anett Kontaveit faces Sweden’s Rebeca Peterson on the other side of the draw. Raducanu, whose father is Romanian, is expected to remain in the country to visit family in Bucharest in the coming days.

Re-live Emma Raducanu’s quarter-final loss to Marta Kostyuk, below.

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Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

Emma Raducanu will bid to earn a place in the semi-finals of the Transylvania Open as she takes on Marta Kostyuk in the last eight this afternoon.

Raducanu followed her shock triumph at September’s US Open with an early exit at Indian Wells earlier this month, but the 18-year-old has bounced back this week with back-to-back wins in Cluj. The British No1 fought from behind to beat Polona Hercog in three sets in the first round, before seeing off Ana Bogdan in straight sets yesterday – downing the Romanian on her home soil.

Next up for Raducanu, whose father is Romanian, is a clash with Kostyuk. The Ukrainian has made it into the quarter-finals here with two consecutive straight-sets victories, defeating Germany’s Mona Barthel in the last round.

There are no fans in attendance at the Transylvania Open this week due to coronavirus-related restrictions, but Raducanu has been feeling the love in Cluj anyway.

“I feel like I am playing at home, I am getting so much support,” the teenager said after her first-round win. “Everyone is just really helpful and friendly in anyway they can. I don’t want to leave just yet, I want to see my grandma [in Bucharest] but just wait a few days, I want to play here in Cluj.”

Alex Pattle29 October 2021 15:45

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