Home Court Favourite Simona Halep and Emma Raducanu to Headline WTA Romanian Event

Published 09/29/2021, 11:19 PM EDT
Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts after winning a point against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


British tennis star Emma Raducanu has been dominating the headlines in the women’s game. After winning the US Open, she received a wildcard to compete at the WTA 1000 Indian Wells tournament. However, it was recently announced that she will also be competing in the WTA Transylvania Open 2021.

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Emma Raducanu is in prime form at the moment and all eyes will be on her as she heads to Romania. Notably, appearing alongside her will be the home-favorite Simona Halep. The two-time Grand Slam winner will be a noteworthy watch as she comes on the back of an injury-riddled season.

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Presence of top players besides Simona Halep and Emma Raducanu

The Transylvania Open 2021 is the second WTA event to be hosted at this location. Ten out of the top 50 ranked players will compete in the event. Besides Halep and Raducanu, Paulo Badosa, Elise Mertens will be competing too. Naturally, the presence of the giants further adds value to the star-studded line-up.

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania reacts after beating Kristina Kucova of Slovakia (not pictured) on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The emerging teen sensation, Emma Raducanu, was first noticed in London at the Wimbledon Championships. Out there, she performed brilliantly, making it to the fourth round. However, she had to withdraw from the match as she faced difficulties with fitness. 

A dominant display in New

Fans next spotted Emma’s heroics at the Flushing Meadows, at the US Open. During her two weeks out there, she registered wins against some of the top players in the game. Notably, in the final, she beat fellow youngster Leylah Fernandez, to capture her first-ever Grand Slam title. 

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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, fans last saw Halep in Melbourne, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. With injury getting the better of her, she missed out on the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships. Her performance at the US Open wasn’t up to the mark either. Hence, it will be interesting to see how she fares as the home favorite in Romania. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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