Transylvania Open 2021: Clinical Raducanu beats Bogdan to reach quarterfinals

Raducanu followed up her maiden WTA Tour win over Polona Hercog with a much improved performance against Bogdan, winning 87.5% of her first serve points.

Emma Raducanu, of Britain, celebrates after defeating Romania's Ana Bogdan at the Transylvania Open WTA tournament in Cluj, Romania.   -  AP

U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu eased into the Transylvania Open quarterfinals with a controlled 6-3, 6-4 win over home favourite Ana Bogdan in the second round on Thursday.

Raducanu followed up her maiden WTA Tour win over Polona Hercog, a battling three-set victory on Tuesday, with a much improved performance against Bogdan and looked steady on serve, winning 87.5% of her first serve points.

"It was so good to play a Romanian here. All the volunteers who go into making this tournament possible, we really appreciate their support. Ana was a great opponent," Raducanu said after the match.

"It's definitely taking me some time to find my feet still. I'm taking some learnings from every match I play. I still don't think I'm the finished product yet."

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Raducanu, who announced herself on the grandest stage when she claimed the Flushing Meadows title as a qualifier last month, added that she has gifted her U.S. Open trophy to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

"I just thought the LTA had done so much for me and I just wanted them to have it as a sign for everything they had done for me. It's a little gift," the British number one said.

Raducanu will next face 19-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.

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