Following an early exit at Indian Wells and deciding to pull out of the Kremlin Cup at short notice, Emma Raducanu will be aiming to get back to winning ways when she competes at the Transylvania Open.
Raducanu cited a ‘schedule change’ for her withdrawal from the event in Moscow this week but is braced for a homecoming next week with a possible visit to her Romanian grandmother for the first time in two years.
At Indian Wells, Raducanu was out of sorts in her straight sets second-round defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich but insisted she will use it as part of her learning curve.
She said: “I’m kind of glad that what happened today happened, so I can learn and take it as a lesson. So going forward, I’ll just have more experience banked.”
Raducanu remains on the hunt for a new coach after parting ways with Andrew Richardson last month and sent out a plea for an ‘experienced coach’.
“If any experienced coaches are out there looking, you know where to find me,” she said. We initially thought that this was just a throwaway line, but she came back to it in the very next answer. “I’m not joking,” she insisted, “if anyone knows any experienced coaches.”
What is the tournament?
The Transylvania Open, which is a WTA 250 event.
When is it?
The tournament gets underway on October 25 with the final on October 31.
Where is the Transylvania Open?
The tournament will be played at the BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
😍 Emma speaking Romanian
🤩 Emma looking forward to play in Cluj
Can we start the tournament already 🪄@EmmaRaducanu #TO2021 pic.twitter.com/BvYs2gLGZV
— Transylvania Open (@TransylvaniaOpn) October 6, 2021
Who will Raducanu be playing?
Raducanu will face Slovenian Polona Hercog, ranked 123 in the world, in the fourth match scheduled on Center Court on October 26.
The third seed is expected on court shortly after 4pm BST.
Who else is competing at the Transylvania Open?
A strong field is expected with the likes of Simona Halep, Elise Mertens, Anett Kontaveit, Paula Badosa and Ajla Tomljanovic on the official player list.
How to watch the Transylvania Open on TV
Full coverage of the Transylvania Open is on Amazon Prime Video for customers in the UK and Ireland.
Prime Video’s coverage is presented by Catherine Whitaker and Marcus Buckland with punditry from Daniela Hantuchova and Greg Rusedski and commentary by Sam Smith, Robbie Koenig, Annabel Croft, Pete Odgers and Anne Keothavong.
Transylvania Open prize money
The overall prize money pot is $235,238 with the winner taking home $29,200 and the runner-up $16,398.