Emma Raducanu: Brit expresses one major regret after Transylvania Open defeat

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu's hopes of winning her first WTA title on her father's native soil were cut short on Friday as she was knocked out of the Transylvania Open.

The Briton faced fellow teenager Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-final of the Romanian tournament but was unable to counter the Ukrainian's efforts on the court.

The two young tennis stars had previously met at junior level – where Raducanu admitted she was "destroyed" every time by the world number 55.

Kostyuk cruised to a comfortable straight-sets win, beating the US Open champion 6-2, 6-1. 

The defeat was Raducanu's second since returning from New York, having previously lost her first match at the Indian Wells Masters against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The 18-year-old has expressed her disappointment and admitted "it's not a nice feeling to have" after losing a match.

"I just need to move on from it, brush it off and then I’ll be back in another tournament soon," she said.

Emma Raducanu

Raducanu then spoke of how much she wished she could have faced her childhood idol Simona Halep in the semi-finals.

"It’s a shame I couldn’t play her. I think she’s a very cool person, a great player. I can’t wait to watch her for the rest of the tournament."

Romanian international Halep will look to secure a home title win this evening when she faces Estonia's Anett Kontaveit in the Transylvania Open final. 

Raducanu was hopeful of reaching the semis to come up against Halep, but instead it was Kostyuk who took on the world number 18. The Romanian dominated in a 6-0, 6-1 straight-sets victory to set up the final against 25-year-old Kontaveit.

Simona Halep

"I would love to see Simona win," Raducanu said of Halep. "She is still one of my idols, I love to watch her play and learn from her."

The US Open champion will next take to the court at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz, which gets underway on November 6th.

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