Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk LIVE: British No 1 is targeting a place in the Transylvania Open semi-finals with a win over Ukranian teenager after cruising past Ana Bogdan
- Emma Raducanu continues her journey in the Translyvania Open at 5.15pm BST
- She faces fellow teenager Marta Kostyuk looking for a semi-final spot
- Raducanu made the quarter-final with a straight-sets win over Ana Bogdan
- Latest Tennis news, including live action and results
Emma Raducanu is targeting a place in the semi-finals of the Transylvania Open as the teenage sensation takes on Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in Romania.
The US Open champion is finding her groove this tournament as she looks to build on her fairytale victory in New York earlier this year.
Raducanu cruised past Ana Bogdan in the last round and will hope to maintain her good form against her teenage rival this afternoon with a spot in the last four on the line.
Follow Sportsmail’s OLLIE LEWIS for live coverage of Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-final of the Transylvania Open, including build-up, game-by-game updates and result.
Kostyuk and Raducana have made their way onto the court. Unfortunately there are no fans to welcome the players here due to Covid restrictions forcing this tournament behind closed doors.
Raducanu wins the toss and elects to serve first. We will be under way following the warm ups here.
No 1 seed Halep has come through her quarter final with a top performance against compatriot Jaqueline Cristian winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
The Romanian was locked in for the duration of that match, and will provide a tough test for Raducanu if she wins today.
The British star’s match today is the last of four quarter finals to take place in Romania. If she comes through against Kostyuk, she is likely to face No 1 seed Simona Halep – who is a set and a double break up against Jaqueline Cristian.
Raducanu is expected on court at 5.15pm BST.
Emma Raducanu has made a long term loan of her US Open trophy to the National Tennis Centre as a thank you for the support she received from the British game.
‘I just think the LTA have done so much for me, and I wanted them to have it as a sign and a big thank you for everything they done, helping me through the young ages,’ said Raducanu after defeating Romania’s Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4.
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MIKE DICKSON: There is no question Raducanu has made a strong impression on the large contingent of home players in Romania.
So much so that one of them — 28-year-old Ana Bogdan, who plays Raducanu in Thursday’s second round — said she would be happy to see the British No 1 throw her lot in with her father’s country of birth.
Raducanu has spoken of how the Romanian players — more numerous than female Brits on tour — have been especially friendly and ‘taken me under their wing’.
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Raducanu had initially struggled to get back into the swing of things after reaching tennis’ pinnacle with her US Open triumph, but she is showing signs of finding her groove again.
She squeezed through against Hercog in the first round, winning in three sets, and was much better against Ana Bogdan yesterday, breezing through in straight sets.
Let’s hope for more of the same today!
Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Emma Raducanu v Marta Kostyuk in the Transylvanian Open quarter finals in Romania.
The US Open champion is having a lovely old time in her father’s homeland, having breezed through her last-16 tie with a straight sets victory over Ana Bogdan earlier this week.
Next up is Ukrainian teenager Kostyuk, who is yet to drop a set in her opening two games of the competition. Today’s match gets under way at 5.15pm BST.
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