The US Open champion, who is playing in the homeland of her father Ian for the first time, told local fans she was “proud to be Romanian” before the start of the event. A rise in national Covid levels have seen fans banned from indoor events and Raducanu played the world No.106 in front of around 100 volunteers, officials and media.
But the British No.1 still gave an entertaining performance to win 6-3 6-4 in 90 minutes.
Raducanu, who also answered questions in Romania in her courtside interview, said in English: “It was so good to win a Romanian. It is a shame that there are no fans here but it was great to have all the volunteers who make the tournament possible. I loved playing here against a great opponent.”
Raducanu’s first-round win was her first ever at WTA Tour-level after winning 10 matches at the US Open.
“I think it has taken some time to find my feet,” she admitted. “I don’t think I am the finished product yet.”
It was the British No.1’s second WTA Tour-level win over a Romanian – she beat Sorana Cirstea in straight sets in the third round at Wimbledon.
She will face Ukrainian No.6 seed Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-final tomorrow – with former world No.1 Simona Halep her scheduled opponent in the semis.
Raducanu had to save three break points in her opening service game – and then immediately broke Bogdan’s serve to love with a backhand down the line.
The world No.23 then held to love and raced to a 4-1 lead after only 19 minutes.
She led by the same scoreline in her opening match against Polona Hercog before losing the set.
But the teenager admitted her relief at fighting back to her first WTA Tour-level on Tuesday and she learned from the experience. Raducanu took the first of three set points when Bogdan sent a backhand into the sidelines after 39 minutes. She won 86% of points (19/22) on her first serve.
And she tightened her grip on the match by taking her second break point in the Romanian’s first service game of the second set.
The world No.106 had claimed before their first meeting that Raducanu’s US Open was a “true inspiration”. And Bogdan finally rose to the occasion by taking her fourth break point of the match to draw level at 2-2 when Raducanu sent a backhand long. Raducanu failed to taker an immediate breakback point when she missed with an ambitious service return and
Bodgan began to find her range with her blistering backhand.
But the Romanian did not get a home call at 0-15 at 3-3 when she stopped playing when she thought a Raducanu forehand had gone long. She motioned to French umpire Kader Nouni the ball was a foot out and told him: “No, you are joking me! It was like this far out.”
Raducanu believed Bogdan’s subsequent ace should have been called out but she took her third break point with a crushing backhand to take a crucial game.
And the Bromley teenager served out the match in clinical style when Bogdan sent a backhand return long.Internet Explorer Channel Network