Emma Raducanu’s promising run at the Transylvania Open finished abruptly as Russian Marta Kostyuk imposed an aggressive style of tennis that left the US champion powerless during a ruthless 2/6, 1/6. Emma Raducanu started the match in a negative manner, Kostyuk breaking at her first chance.

Raducanu looked out of hand against the aggressive Russian, as the US Open champion suffered another break at 2-4 in Kostyuk’s favor. The first set ended 2-6 for the 18-year-old Russian. Raducanu started out of shape in the second set as well.

Two double faults made the British go 0-40 on her serve before Marta Kostyuk managed to break. Marta went up to 3-1 before going for another break following another disappointing double fault from Emma Raducanu. The few spectators in the stadium tried to encourage the US Open champion, but Kostyuk was simply too good.

Leading 5-1, Kostyuk had her first match point on Raducanu’s serve, but the British managed to save it. Yet, the Russian world number 55 created three more break chances to put an end to the match – 2/6, 1/6. Raducanu made a total of 7 double faults that, together with her 41 unforced errors, prove her bad performance on the field.

Raducanu missed her chance to face idol Halep in semifinals

If she beat Kostyuk, Emma Raducanu would have played the semifinals of the Transylvania Open against her idol, Simona Halep, who had no problems so far in the tournament, winning all the six sets she played.

“Simona Halep is one of my idols, I saw her for the first time playing live, I have never lived this experience before. It was fantastic to watch her, she moves the way I want to move at some point. She knows how to hit the ball well in running, she has a lot of experience,” said Raducanu after seeing Halep win against Ruse in the second round of the tournament.

Unfortunately, Emma has to wait for another chance to play against Simona Halep while Kostyuk prepares for the semifinals clash against the Romanian former world number one.

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