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Croatia knock Serbia out

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The RFT slip into the DC semis

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Konta retires

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Germany squeeze past Britain to reach Madrid.

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Pull-outs put Raducanu in Romania spotlight

Organisers of the Transylvania Open being held at the BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, this week were disappointed when Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa both pulled out of the tournament, leaving just one Top 20 player in the main draw, home favourite Simona Halep, the top seed.

The two Spaniards, Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam Winner and Badosa, the reigning Indian Wells Champion, joined the growing list of withdrawals that includes Ekaterina Alexandrova, Viktoria Golubic, Veronika Kudermetova, Kaia Kanepi, and Mayar Sherif.

Andreea Prisacariu and Anna-Lena Freidsam take the spots attributed to Muguruza and Badosa, while the others will be replaced by Ana Bogdan, Alison Van Uytvanck, Ivana Jorovic, and Kaja Juvan.

Muguruza reached the quarter-finals last week in Moscow, where she was thoroughly beaten by the Anett Kontaveit, 6-1 6-1, and the Estonian, who won the Kremlin Cup on Sunday, is scheduled to play this week in Romania, hoping to boost her chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals next month.

While Halep is the highest ranked player in the tournament, Britain’s US Open champion Emma Raducanu is a star attraction in the draw in what is only her second outing since winning her maiden major title at the age of 18, but the two find themselves in the same half of the draw at the inaugural Transylvania Open.

The WTA 250 event is making its debut on the schedule this week where local hero and former World No 1 Halep and Raducanu are now the two headline acts.

Halep will open her campaign against fellow Romanian Gabriela Ruse and could 5th seed Alja Tomljanovic from Australian in the quarter-final, while her projected semi-final opponent is Raducanu.

The teenager from Bromley, who lost in straight sets to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her only match since winning the US Open, kicks off her campaign against Polona Hercog, while Ana Bogdan or Ivana Jorović are potential second-round opponents.

Raducanu is still looking for her first victory on the WTA Tour, reminding of her inexperience at this level, and will hope to claim this against the 30-year-old Hercog, who has struggled in 2021 and seen her ranking drop from 49 at the start of the year to 123.

Should the British No 1 come through, then 6th seed Marta Kostyuk is her likely quarter-final opponent with the winner expected to face Halep.

The 18-year-old is sure to have plenty of local support by virtue of her Romanian father, and she had hoped her grandmother, who lives in Bucharest would be able to attend the tournament, but a worrying rise in coronavirus cases in the country has resulted in a tightening of restrictions, and the tournament will be played behind closed doors on Monday.

Organisers have criticised the decision and appealed to the government to allow a limited number of spectators.

Kontaveit, the 2nd seed, headlines the bottom half, and opens her campaign against a qualifier while 8th seed Anhelina Kalinina is her projected quarter-final opponent.

Jill Teichman is the other leading contender in the bottom half and the 4th seed from Switzerland will face a qualifier first up while 7th seed Irina-Camilia Begu is likely to be her quarter-final match.






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