Emma Raducanu snatches first victory after US Open title

Tennis – Raducanu was on the edge of suffering another premature defeat, but she made a thrilling comeback.

by Claudiu Pop
Emma Raducanu snatches first victory after US Open title

Emma Raducanu got over her early Indian Wells exit as she scored the first WTA victory after her incredible US Open run. She pulled off the feat at Transylvania Open, a tournament played in her father’s natal country, Romania, against the much more experienced Polona Hercog.

The match ended 4/6, 7/5, 6/1 for the British player with Romanian and Chinese origins. Raducanu imposed her US Open champion status right from the start of the match as she managed to have no less than 6 break points on Polona Hercog’s first service game before finally breaking and getting the score to a solid 2-0 in the inaugural set.

Emma went up 4-2 showing confident backhand and forehand shots before Hercog started to show her teeth. Emma soon found herself at 0-40 on her serve, the Slovenian going on for the break. Raducanu was unable to win any more games in the first set, so Hercog ended up bagging a surprising 4/6.

Emma Raducanu’s thrilling comeback

At the start of the second set, Emma could be seen frequently slapping her legs as a sign of self-encouragement. The two players went head-to-head until 5-5 when Hercog missed a chance to break Raducanu and possibly go on to win the match.

Raducanu survived Hercog pressure and turned the scoring table 6-5. Soon, the 18-year-old got a break point at 30-40, showing her wish to turn the game around with a scream of relief. But she missed. Admirably, Emma created two more break points to snatch the second set from Hercog's hands.

The deciding set proved to be just a formality for the US Open champion, Emma Raducanu closing the affair with a solid 6-1. This was Polona Hercog's second defeat in a row after she got dispatched by another 18-year-old, Elvina Kalieva, at an American ITF tournament played in Santa Fe. Emma Raducanu will face Romanian Ana Bogdan, WTA no.106, in the second round of the Transylvania Open.

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