Emma Raducanu out in under an hour after Marta Kostyuk outguns Brit in Transylvania Open quarter-final

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Marta Kostyuk put away fellow teenager Emma Raducanu in just 57 minutes to end the Brit’s run at the Transylvania Open.

The youngsters have both indicated a very bright future for the women’s game ahead of their meeting, but there was only one winner after the Ukrainian broke her opponent’s serve five times.

Raducanu had edged Polona Hercog and cruised past Ana Bogdan to set up the quarter-final tie, her first victories since her stunning US Open triumph in September.

Yet Kostyuk, 19, had the victory in her sights in Cluj-Napoca after her opponent failed to convert a 40-15 lead in her first service game.

Raducanu made a total of 41 unforced errors and served seven double faults, two of them coming in what proved to be that crucial opening service game.

The 18-year-old did hold to love at her next attempt and created a break point in the sixth game, only for Kostyuk to save it with an ace and then break Raducanu again for a 5-2 lead.

After comfortably serving out the set, Kostyuk broke in the opening game of the second and there was no way back for Raducanu, who at least showed her fighting spirit to save three match points before Kostyuk sealed victory.

The sixth seed claimed the win 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to set up a semi-final meeting with Simona Halep, the home favourite and former World No1 who is also 18-year-old Raducanu’s idol.

“Honestly I don't know how I won the first game,” said Kostyuk. “I was 15-40 down, she had advantage, she was serving, and I think that's where everything started. I somehow won that game and I gained this confidence.

“I had this feeling that I'm not going to lose this match and then after that I figured out by the fifth game maybe how to play her today.”

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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