Emma Raducanu has got herself back to winning ways for the first time since her US Open triumph, with victory over Polona Hercug at the Transylvania Open
Emma Raducanu has sealed her first win since her historic US Open title triumph last month, after defeating Polona Hercug in her opening match at the Transylvania Open 4-6, 7-5, 6-1..
A battling first two sets between the pair saw Hercug take the opener 6-4 before Raducanu fought back in set two, taking it 7-5 to level things up at 1-1.
The youngster’s class then came through in the third and final set, as the US Open champion blew the Slovakian out of the water, winning 6-1 to claim her first victory since her famous win at Flushing Meadows.
Things started extremely well for the British teenage sensation, as she looked back to her best in the early stages to take a 4-1 advantage in set one.
However Hercog courageously fought back to win five games on the spin to give her the lead heading into the second set of the match.
If Raducanu was to get himself back onto the winning trail she was no doubt going to have to perform at her best, as world No 124 Hercog traded blow-for-blow with the US Open champion, as the pair found themselves at four games a-piece in set two.
With the 18-year-old just two games away from defeat she battled her way back into the match, to take the next two games and the set to level things up at 1-1.
The Brit, competing in her father’s home country, then sprung into life in the deciding set by winning five games on the bounce, to leave her on the cusp of her first ever WTA level victory.
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Despite having two match points in the sixth game of the decider Raducanu was denied a whitewash in the third set, as Hercog clawed a game back to make it 5-1.
However the 18-year-old soon bounced back in the very next game to take the match 4-6 7-5 6-1, sealing victory with an ace just as she did in New York for her Grand Slam title.
The victory means the Brit now moves onto the last 16 of the event, but she may not have local fans on side next time around as she takes on Romanian Ana Bogdan on Thursday morning.