US Open champion Emma Raducanu is awaited with wide-open arms in her father’s natal country, Romania, where the newest WTA tournament, Transylvania Open, is set to take place just two weeks before the WTA Finals. Raducanu’s father Ian, now working in finance, grew up in Romania before moving to Great Britain and meeting Emma’s Chinese mother, according to TennisWorldUSA.org.
Besides offering the joy of playing in front of her father’s compatriots, Transylvania Open can bring Emma Raducanu both the opportunity to catch up with one of her tennis idols, Simona Halep, and to obtain eventual missing points in the race to the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.
That is if the 18-year-old decides to participate in the tournament that will unfold in Cluj-Napoca between October 25th and November 1st. What is clear is that the officials behind Transylvania Open would be delighted to have the fresh US Open champion playing in front of Romanian tennis fans.
“Emma has shown incredible strength in the recent weeks! I know what’s behind the effort she puts in. It’s not easy to maintain that super-good level during every single match. Emma makes things seem simple, but they’re not like that at all.
What I like most is how sincere her joy is. We are waiting for her at the Transylvania Open with open arms! I think Romania can’t wait to meet and applaud her,” said Patrick Ciorcila, the tournament director of the Transylvania Open, for Romanian publication GSP.
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