Emma Raducanu beats Ana Bogdan to reach last eight of Transylvania Open

Emma Raducanu is into the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open after beating Ana Bogdan in straight sets.

The US Open champion prevailed 6-3 6-4 against the Romanian player, and will now face fellow teenager Marta Kostyuk in the last eight after the Ukrainian beat Mona Barthel in her last 16 match.

Raducanu was made to fight hard from the off, saving two break-points in the opening game to hold, but then a backhand winner saw her break to love in the next one before she stormed into a 3-0 lead.

It went on serve for the four games that followed when at 5-2, the 18-year-old sensed a chance to wrap up the set by taking Bogdan to deuce, but the home player held her nerve to make Raducanu serve it out.

She duly did that when Bogdan pushed her return wide, and then the British star seized the initiative in the opening game of the second set by forcing another break point, and her 28-year-old opponent was then off target with a cross-court forehand.

At that point, victory seemed inevitable for Raducanu, only for the world no 406 to break back at 2-1 down, capitalising on two missed backhands from the British player to keep her hopes alive.

As the contest heated up, Bogdan then survived to hold in the next came despite a superb winner on the run from Raducanu, but then at 3-3 came the defining moment.

Raducanu, having missed one break point, then battled back from advantage Bogdan to forge another, and this time took it to move within two games of victory.

At 5-4, the 18-year-old was then ruthless as she forged a 40-0 lead, and then sealed her progress when Bogdan could only mishit her return long to ensure Raducanu's journey in Cluj continued.

Remarkably, the victory only represented Raducanu's second on the WTA tour, in the birth country of her father, Ian.

Interviewed on court after the match, Raducanu was asked what it was like to play a Romanian for the first time.

"It was so good, I loved having the crowd here, there wasn't the fans unfortunately but all the volunteers who make this tournament possible, I really appreciate all your hard work so thank you very much.

"I loved playing with some noise again against Ana, whose a great opponent."

She also admitted to still "finding her feet," on the tour.

"I'm taking some learnings from every match that I play and I don't think I'm the finished product yet. I'm taking the experience and loving my time in this tournament so far."

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