Emma Raducanu sent message by under-12 opponent ahead of potential Transylvania Open clash

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Emma Raducanu has been praised by her potential next opponent in Romania. The 18-year-old takes on Ana Bogdan on Thursday, with the winner facing Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-final. The Ukranian teenager has already won her third-round, and admitted she’d “love” to play the recent US Open champion.

Raducanu is playing just her second tournament since a historic title win in Flushing Meadows.

The Bromley local became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam last month, as she won three qualifying rounds and seven main-draw matches without dropping a set, en route to the US Open title.

Ranked at a then-career high of world No 150, Raducanu now sits at No 23 in the world and is the woman everyone wants to beat.

She made an unsuccessful return to the match court earlier this month in Indian Wells, losing to world No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich, but finally managed to get her first WTA Tour match-win against Polona Hercog on Tuesday.

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Emma Raducanu sent message by under-12 opponent ahead of potential Transylvania Open clash
© Getty Emma Raducanu’s potential quarter-final opponent spoke on their match-up

Not only was it the US Open champion’s first-ever win on the WTA Tour, it was also her first tour-level three-set match – showing how unprecedented her rise to the top of the game was.

Raducanu is now preparing to take on Romanian Ana Bogdan in the third round, but her potential quarter-final opponent is already looking forward to a potential clash with the Brit.

19-year-old Marta Kostyuk defeated Mona Barthel 6-4 6-4 earlier on Thursday, and awaits the winner of the clash between the world No 23 and world No 106.

“I would really love to play Emma [Raducanu]. We are the same age,” the Ukranian teenager said after her victory at the Transylvania Open.

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The world No 55 was unable to recall whether she had previously played Raducanu when they were children, but eagerly anticipated a future rivalry with the 18-year-old Brit.

She continued: “I don’t think I’ve ever played her. But I once played against Great Britain under-12s and she was in the team.

“I just don’t remember who I played, her or the other girl. It’s been some years since then.

“It’s going to be fun because I’m sure we will have a lot of matches between us [in the coming years]. I’m playing tennis for these kind of matches.”

Emma Raducanu sent message by under-12 opponent ahead of potential Transylvania Open clash
© Getty Marta Kostyuk is eager to face Emma Raducanu in Romania

It comes after Raducanu’s third-round opponent Bogdan heralded the 18-year-old as an “inspiration”.

The 28-year-old said of Raducanu’s run to the US Open title: “She is a true inspiration – even to me. I say, everything is possible. That smile and that innocence on her face. I really think that was the key.

“She always kept a very positive attitude, no matter the score. I think that helped her a lot.

“It was an inspiration and an inspiration for many, many girls out there. She is a great athlete and a great champion. I am looking forward to the next match.”

Raducanu, whose father hails from Romania, also chatted with Bogdan in Romanian during a pre-tournament event on Sunday, and the world No 106 opened up on their chat.

“She has a sweet accent. We were talking about Formula 1, we are both fans of F1 and Daniel Ricciardo! If she wants to play for the Romanian Fed Cup squad, she is more than welcome!”

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