Raducanu excited by potential of dream clash
Emma Raducanu is thrilled to be playing in Romania this week and is even more excited by the prospect of possibly facing her hero Simona Halep in the semi-finals of the Transylvania Open.
US Open champion Raducanu is 1/7 to get the tournament in her father's homeland off to a flying start with a victory over Polona Hercog, and 9/1 to double her Grand Slam haul with a victory in the Australian Open early next year.
Raducanu relishing Romania run
Raducanu is set to play in just her second tournament since her historic US Open win in September and it is the first time she will have taken to the court in Romania.
After confirming her participation at the tournament, Raducanu said: "I am extremely excited to play at the Transylvania Open, in front of Romanian fans."
Since then, though, the decision has been made to play the matches behind closed doors but that hasn't dampened her enthusiasm for the event which gets underway this week.
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Raducanu said: "My father is from Romania, so to participate for the first time in a WTA competition in the country where he was born is a special moment and I can't wait to get to Cluj."
And top-seed Halep had some words of wisdom for the British teenager.
"In my case, it took me a long time to win my first Grand Slam, I had won other tournaments before but it is of course not comparable to a Slam," Halep said. "So I can't give my opinion too much.
"From my personal experience, I think you have to be very careful after such a big victory because being so young you don't have that experience of winning big titles. In Emma's case, it's even the first title of her career."