Emma Raducanu has big positive to take from Transylvania Open as she breaks career record

Queen stayed up late to watch Emma Raducanu win says Levin

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Emma Raducanu reached a career-high ranking after competing at the Transylvania Open last week. The teen reached the quarter-final stage in Cluj and as a result has risen two spots to no.21 in the world.

The Brit recorded her first two wins on the WTA Tour at the event, defeating Polona Hercog before conquering Ana Bogdan.

But defeat to Marta Kostyuk in the last eight denied her the opportunity to break into the top 20 for the first time.

However, the US Open champion may not have to wait long to make that dream a reality when she competes in her final tournament of the season in Austria next week.

Following the Linz event, Raducanu aims to have a full off-season and focus on preparing for the Australian Open in January.

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“I’m going to do a full off-season for sure,” the Brit said.

“But after Linz, I will probably have a week off just to reset and get mentally fresh and physically fresh for the tough pre-season because it’s going to be my first one.

“And from what I’ve heard it’s a very difficult four weeks physically. So I just want to prepare for that and the next year.”

2022 marks the first time Raducanu will appear in the Australian Open main draw, having previously competed in the junior event in Melbourne.

“I’m really excited to go to Melbourne,” Raducanu said.

“I played the juniors there and it’s an incredible city but obviously the pros is different.

“But I’m excited, it’s going to be my first time going there as a pro. So it’s going to be a new experience, a new locker room. I’m excited to go.”

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Following her defeat in Romania, Raducanu said she was pleased to play in the birth country of her father and vowed to come back next year.

“I have loved my week in Romania, the people were so welcoming, the hospitality was great and everyone made sure as best as possible that everything was as good as it can be,” Raducanu said.

“I was very, very grateful to everyone who welcomed me. In a way I was surprised by how much the Romanian crowd got behind me. I really felt that.

“I was disappointed I couldn’t put on a better show for them. I would have loved to have had fans watching the last few matches. 100% I will be coming back to this tournament.”

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