Emma Raducanu's father 'wasn't going to miss' watching her in native Romania

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu has struck up her first winning streak since returning from the US Open as the first British woman to win a Grand Slam in 44 years.

The 18-year-old has played her way into the quarter-finals of the Transylvania Open – a tournament hosted in her father Ian's native country, Romania.

After he was unable to watch her in action at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu has stressed how important it is for her that he has travelled with her to Cluj-Napoca.

Raducanu played out a patient 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Polona Hercog of Slovenia in her first match before beating Romanian Ana Bogdan across straight sets to reach the quarters.

The Brit's father, who she described as "tough to please", was present at both of his daughter's matches at the Winner Sports Club this week. 

"He wouldn't travel too much with me usually but because it is Romania he had to come," Raducanu said. "He wasn't going to miss the opportunity.

"It is great to have him here with me having gone through my whole journey and then not be with me in New York when that special experience happened."

Emma Raducanu

Due to Covid-19 restrictions on travelling, both of Raducanu's parents missed out on watching her make history at the US Open last month. 

The Brit beat Canada's Leylah Fernandez in a thrilling all-teenage final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium to secure her first ever Grand Slam title without so much as dropping a set.

Her first appearance on court since her Flushing Meadows triumph was less than desirable, however. The newly crowned major champion was knocked out at the Indian Wells Masters by world number 86 Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round.

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Raducanu then withdrew from the Kremlin Cup, which saw Estonia's Anett Kontaveit take the title last week. 

Now she's finally back in action – on her father's home soil no less – the stakes have been raised and Raducanu has rediscovered her winning form.

"Now he can really experience how it is after a bit of success and enjoy it," said the British number one.

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