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Emma Raducanu US Open 2021

Fellow top teen talent lies in wait for Emma Raducanu in Romania

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Emma Raducanu recently secured her first win on the WTA tour, and should she back it up will face another rising teenage star.

The 18-year-old faces home talent Ana Bogdan at the Transylvania Open for a place in the quarter-finals. Should she win, Raducanu would face 19-year-old sixth seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine.

Kostyuk is currently 55th in the world and boasts a career-high ranking of 53rd. Along with Raducanu, she is one of six teenagers ranked within the top 100 on the WTA tour.

In fact, all six players are ranked within the top 60. The Ukrainian faced Mona Barthel in her second round match. She defeated the German 6-4, 6-4 in a little over an hour to reach her first tour level quarter-final of the year.

“I felt a bit better in the first round,” she said following the match. “Today was a bit more shaky I would say.

“I had a really weird doubles match yesterday which didn’t really confidence [coming into today] to be honest.

Kostyuk holds a 24-16 win-loss record in 2021. She made her Slam debut at the 2018 Australian Open as a 15-year-old and made her WTA tour debut at the WTA 500 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at the same age.

By contrast, Raducanu only made her WTA tour debut this past June at the 250 level Viking Open Nottingham. Her Slam debut then came with a wildcard at Wimbledon soon after, reaching the fourth round.

Whoever wins the quarter-final could face top seed Simona Halep in the semi-finals. She faces Varvara Gracheva of Russia in her second round match, before compatriot Jaqueline Cristian should she win.

Read our top five article to learn more about the teen sensations taking the WTA by storm.


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