Emma Raducanu wins first match since US Open victory by beating world No 124 Polona Hercog


Finally! Emma Raducanu claims first victory since US Open triumph last month by beating world No 124 Polona Hercog at the Transylvania Open… but British No 1 was given a scare after Slovenian opponent took the first set

  • Emma Raducanu finally won her first tennis match since her US Open victory
  • The British No 1 beat world No 124 Polona Hercog at the Transylvania Open
  • Raducanu threw away the first set 6-4 after losing five games in succession
  • But the 18-year-old responded to take a 4-6 7-5 6-1 victory in Cluj-Napoca
  • Raducanu had to wait six weeks for her first win since her New York heroics 

Emma Raducanu finally won her first match since her stunning US Open triumph after coming from a set down to beat world No 124 Polona Hercog 4-6 7-5 6-1 at the Transylvania Open.

After losing in the Indian Wells first round earlier this month, the British No 1 was put under pressure once again in Cluj-Napoca when she threw away the first set 6-4 to her Slovenian opponent after breaking her early on. 

But Raducanu held on to level the match via a 7-5 second victory, before breaking early in the decider to romp towards the second round in Romania, the country the 18-year-old tennis star’s father was born in.

Emma Raducanu won her first match since her US Open triumph at the Transylvania Open

The British No 1 beat stubborn Slovenian Polona Hercog (above) who took the first set in Cluj

The British No 1 beat stubborn Slovenian Polona Hercog (above) who took the first set in Cluj

She will now take on home favourite Ana Bogdan, ranked 102 in the world, later this week as she continues her development after her record-breaking New York triumph last month. 

Raducanu was made to wait for her first victory since becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament, with Tuesday night’s victory coming a full six weeks after she beat Leylah Fernandez in the Flushing Meadows final. 

Raducanu roared into 3-0 and 4-1 first-set leads in Cluj-Napoca but lost five straight matches in a row as her Slovenian opponent took the first set. 

The British No 1 then spurned two break points early on in the second set and had to save a crucial one at 4-4 – but claimed the second of two set points handed to her on Hercog’s serve to level the match. 

Raducanu struggled early on and threw away the first set by losing five games in a row

Raducanu struggled early on and threw away the first set by losing five games in a row

But the 18-year-old recovered in stunning fashion to move into round two later this week

But the 18-year-old recovered in stunning fashion to move into round two later this week

The teenager continued riding her wave of positivity by breaking Hercog in her first service game of the deciding set, before breaking the Slovenian two more times to complete a 6-1 triumph in the decider. 

Raducanu is still without a coach and is trialling Spaniard Esteban Carril at the moment, with the 44-year-old taking Johanna Konta from outside the top 100 to one of the top ten players in the world. 

The 18-year-old has insisted that she will take her time in picking her new coach after Andrew Richardson left following her Flushing Meadow heroics.  

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