Emma Raducanu does post-match interview in Romanian after impressive win

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Emma Raducanu gave her post-match interview in Romanian (Picture: WTA Twitter)

Emma Raducanu picked up her first win since her US Open triumph by edging past Polona Hercog in three sets at the Transylvania Open.

The 18-year-old defeated the Slovenian 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, to move into the second round, and following her disappointing defeat at Indian Wells last month, she now has her first WTA Tour win under her belt.

Playing in her father’s homeland of Romania, sadly there were no fans in attendance apart from her her 88-year-old grandmother Niculina who lives in Bucharest, but that didn’t stop Raducanu giving her post-match interview in Romanian.

‘This means a lot to play in my dad’s country,’ she said. ‘It feels like a huge win.

‘It is a shame there aren’t fans here, but I hope they were watching and I just wanted to do them proud.

‘I was on a losing streak so I am really pleased to have come through that. It’s my first win, I knew that in my head, so I was battling really hard to get on the board.’

Raducanu, the world No.23, raced into a 3-0 lead in the first set before Hercog, ranked 124, snatched both of her break points to fight back and take the last five games of the first set.

The British No.1 soon started to find her rhythm though and despite being pushed hard in the second set, Raducanu’s shot selection in the third set saw her run away with it.

The match lasted just short of two and a half hours and Raducanu admits she can take plenty from coming from behind in a three-setter.

‘I think the key was to try and stay mentally composed, I knew myself I wasn’t playing very well so I just needed to keep going one point at a time, if I kept giving myself a chance by holding serve I thought my tennis might improve and fall into place and I did – and I am really proud of myself for how I fought today,’ she added.

‘I take a lot from this match today. All of the matches I am playing I am gaining experience and I definitely feel that one counts huge because when you are not playing very well you know you can do better, and just pull yourself through.

‘Also dropping the first set hasn’t happened to me very often so far but I have learned about digging in and that I can turn matches around and that is a big learning thing for me.’

Romania’s world No. 106 Ana Bogdan awaits Raducanu in the next round.


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