Simona Halep will play Marta Kostyuk in the semi-finals in the top half of the Transylvania Open after both players won their respective quarterfinals on Friday. Halep, the tournament top seed took just 67 minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-1 win over fellow Romanian, Jaqueline Cristian.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian handed third seed Emma Raducanu a 6-2, 6-1 defeat in just 57 minutes. This was the first meeting between Kostyuk and Raducanu in the professional rungs of the sport. Both players had 12 winners each, but the difference came about in the unforced errors each hit.
Raducanu hit 41 unforced errors, 25 more than Kostyuk’s 16.
Transylvania Open: Anett Kontaveit two wins away from WTA Finals
Speaking after her win, Kostyuk said, “I don't know how I won the first game; I think that's where everything started.
I somehow won that game, and I gained this confidence like I'm not going to lose this match. After that, by the fifth game maybe, I figured out how to play her – today. Maybe next time I play it's going to be different tactics.
It was quick, but I couldn't read her – if her ball is in, it's really tough to do something. I was trying to put as many balls back as I could, and that's it”. Against Halep, Kostyuk will try to avenge her Indian Wells loss.
Speaking about her upcoming match, the 19-year-old said, “I put the fight in Indian Wells for one set and then I didn't play well in the second set, not a big fight, so I'm really hoping I can give as much fight as I can”.
In the bottom half of the Transylvania Open, Rebecca Peterson will play Anett Kontaveit for a chance to reach the final. The Swede defeated Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the second-seeded Estonian, who needs to clinch the trophy in Cluj-Napoca, also beat a Ukrainian, the eighth-seeded Anhelina Kalinina 6-3, 6-1 in their quarters’ clash. Photo Credit: Transylvania Open Twitter
Martina Navratilova on Simona Halep's doping issue: "Drug thing stinks"
Anett Kontaveit signs up for invitational tournament two months after retirement
Caroline Wozniacki's message for players after Serena Williams' shade on Simona Halep
Darren Cahill defends Simona Halep against the accusations
Sorana Cirstea rips Serena Williams over shade thrown at Simona Halep
Simona Halep's ex-coach recounts 2019 Wimbledon final win over Serena Williams