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Emma Raducanu scores first victory since US Open triumph by beating Polona Hercog
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mma Raducanu won for the first time since her incredible success at the US Open as she completed the first round of the Transylvanian Open.

Raducanu, with her Romanian father in his dressing room, is playing what must look like a home tournament in Cluj, even behind closed doors, and she will have had a blast after coming back from behind to beat Polona Hercog 4-6 7-5 6 -1.

It was only her second game since that incredible win in New York last month and she was finally able to end the anomaly of being a winless Grand Slam champion on the WTA Tour.

This is only her fourth tournament at this level and after three losses in the first round, she is finally on the board.

The 18-year-old has been enjoying life off the pitch since her success at Flushing Meadows, with a plethora of red carpet appearances and profitable supporters, but this victory will seem like a big step in the right direction.

Hercog may be ranked 124 in the world, but she’s been around for over 10 years and has outlived many rising stars.

After winning the first set and looking strongest before the end of the second set, she would have been the favorite to win.

But Raducanu, who previously struggled to find a level close to the level she showed in New York, showed courage to level up and then allowed her talent to prevail in the third set to seal. a memorable victory.

Given her ancestry, Raducanu received more fanfare than home favorite Simona Halep ahead of the tournament and she lived up to her star in the opening trade, winning the first three games on her way to a lead. of 4-1 and looked of course to take the first set comfortably.

But a poor teenager’s service game saw the Czech break with love and the tide completely turned.

Hercog showed his wit and experience to fight quickly against control, winning five straight games to take the first set.

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