Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk LIVE: Tennis match result and reaction from Transylvania Open

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Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk LIVE: Tennis match result and reaction from Transylvania Open
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Emma Raducanu is out of the Transylvania Open after suffering a straight-sets defeat by Marta Kostyuk.

With a semi-final against former world No1 Simona Halep on the line, Raducanu could not replicate the composure she showed while en route to lifting the US Open trophy last month. The 18-year-old hit 41 unforced errors in a shaky performance against her Ukrainian opponent on Friday, winning just 52 per cent of points on her first serve and mustering just one break point – which she failed to convert – in the 6-2 6-1 loss. In stark contrast, 19-year-old Kostyuk put produced a consistent, solid showing over the course of exactly 60 minutes, breaking the British No1 twice in the first set and three times in the second to move into the last eight – despite Raducanu saving three match points in the final game.

While Kostyuk takes on two-time Grand Slam champion Halep – who is competing on home soil – in the semi-finals, second seed Anett Kontaveit faces Sweden’s Rebeca Peterson on the other side of the draw. Raducanu, whose father is Romanian, is expected to remain in the country to visit family in Bucharest in the coming days.

Re-live Emma Raducanu’s quarter-final loss to Marta Kostyuk, below.

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Raducanu 2-6 1-6 Kostyuk

  • Quarter-final meeting at Transylvania Open

  • Kostyuk breaks Raducanu’s serve in opening game

  • Ukrainian makes it a double break to close in on first set

  • Kostyuk seals opening set 6-2 to put pressure on Raducanu

  • Raducanu broken to love in first game of second set

  • Another double-break for Kostyuk puts her in command

  • Raducanu saves multiple match points but loses 6-2 6-1

Emma Raducanu 2-6 1-6 Marta Kostyuk

19:04 , Alex Pattle

Read our full match report here:

Emma Raducanu bows out of Transylvania Open with error-strewn loss

Emma Raducanu 2-6 1-6 Marta Kostyuk

18:31 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu with a decent serve but a hurried follow-up forehand. 40-40.

Another miss from Raducanu after Kostyuk’s return of serve clips the baseline. 40-Ad.

A wild backhand from Raducanu sails wide! Kostyuk wins 6-2 6-1!

Emma Raducanu* 2-6 1-5 Marta Kostyuk

18:30 , Alex Pattle

Sublime forehand volley under pressure and Raducanu moves to Ad-40.

A deep return of serve from Kostyuk makes Raducanu miss on the backhand, though. 40-40.

Huge groundstrokes off both wings from Raducanu, then a clever drop shot. Ad-40.

Meeker hitting on the next point as Kostyuk punishes the Briton’s second serve. 40-40 again.

A better serve here. Ad-40.

Emma Raducanu* 2-6 1-5 Marta Kostyuk

18:28 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu has all the court to aim for after some good work, but slings a forehand wide of the line...

This time she finds it, however! Another match point saved. 40-40.

Some clever takes at the net from the Briton now, before an unforced error. 40-Ad.

A huge forehand into the corner by Raducanu! A third match point saved. 40-40.

Emma Raducanu* 2-6 1-5 Marta Kostyuk

18:26 , Alex Pattle

Fearsome hitting from Raducanu and she slams away a forehand at the net, before moving to 30-0 with another winner.

She narrowly misses a forehand and it’s 30-15. Another miss, this time a backhand into the net. 30-30.

A fine drop shot, however, makes Kostyuk miss at the net. 40-30.

A backhand is sent long by Raducanu. 40-40.

She pushes Kostyuk out wide with a serve but misses the subsequent forehand. 40-Ad. Match point...

Raducanu saves it, though! She steps into the net and smashes away a backhand winner. 40-40.

Emma Raducanu* 2-6 1-5 Marta Kostyuk

18:22 , Alex Pattle

Kostyuk hits her own double-fault. 0-15.

Raducanu looks for the corner on a forehand down the line but goes long. 15-15.

Good pressure from the Briton here, though, and she sets herself up for an easy backhand put-away at the net. 15-30.

Kostyuk follows suit, however! 30-30.

Terrific hitting from Raducanu, but Kostyuk’s defence is just too good and eventually the teenager misses. 40-30.

A strong serve seals the hold for Kostyuk. She’s one game away from the semi-finals.

Emma Raducanu 2-6 1-4 Marta Kostyuk*

18:19 , Alex Pattle

Kostyuk just catches the baseline with a rapid return of serve, which Raducanu wrongly elects to leave. 0-15.

The Ukrainian then hits a backhand narrowly wide, though. 15-15.

Kostyuk powers a series of backhands down the court to push Raducanu further and further back, with the Briton eventually recovering ground but firing a ground shot long. 15-40.

Kostyuk earns break point, and Raducanu’s serve deserts her again! Another double-fault hands Kostyuk the break.

Emma Raducanu* 2-6 1-3 Marta Kostyuk

18:16 , Alex Pattle

Kostyuk’s serve is doing wonders for her. Raducanu just can’t put a dent in it right now. An easy hold for the Ukrainian.

Emma Raducanu 2-6 1-2 Marta Kostyuk*

18:13 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu frames a backhand down into the court. 0-15.

The confidence is flowing for Kostyuk, who moves Raducanu around the court well, but the Briton hits a lovely forehand winner down the line. 15-15.

A huge backhand into the corner is too much for Kostyuk. 30-15.

This is much better from the 18-year-old! She forces her opponent back with a deep serve, then slams away a forehand at the net.

Then, Raducanu hits a terrific forehand winner into the corner. An important hold to stem the tide a bit.

Emma Raducanu* 2-6 0-2 Marta Kostyuk

18:10 , Alex Pattle

Kostyuk smells blood. She’s hitting big here as she looks to kick Raducanu while the teenager is down.

The No6 seed holds serve to 15.

Emma Raducanu 2-6 0-1 Marta Kostyuk*

18:08 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu follows a decent serve with a forehand into the net. 0-15.

Another good serve, this time out wide, and an inside-out forehand put pressure on Kostyuk... but the Ukrainian shows good defence and Raducanu hits long! 0-30.

Another double-fault from the Briton. 0-40.

And one more! Raducanu is broken to love!

Emma Raducanu* 2-6 Marta Kostyuk

18:05 , Alex Pattle

An ace from Kostyuk to start this crucial game. 15-0.

Aggressive play from Raducanu, though, as she steps in on a forehand winner into the corner. 15-15.

Kostyuk displays some aggression of her own, however, to move into a 40-15 lead.

A defensive forehand slice strangely catches out Raducanu, and that’s the set!

Raducanu 2-6 Kostyuk.

Emma Raducanu 2-5 Marta Kostyuk*

18:01 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu pushes a groundstroke long and it’s 15-30.

Good composure from the Briton, though, and a tricky kick serve makes her opponent miss. 30-30.

That composure soon deserts Raducanu, however, as she double-faults then smashes a forehand low into the net to surrender another service game!

She’s down a double break and Kostyuk will serve for the opening set...

Emma Raducanu* 2-4 Marta Kostyuk

17:58 , Alex Pattle

Kostyuk cruises to 30-0 but then shouts in frustration as she lets Raducanu back in for 30-30.

A terrific return on the Ukrainian’s second serve, and the Briton is 30-40 up...

Break point saved by Kostyuk with a big serve!

Raducanu then wilts after a few powerful groundstrokes, finding the net.

Kostyuk converts her advantage in a strange point that involves a net cord and the players running all over the place and finding unique angles.

Emma Raducanu 2-3 Marta Kostyuk*

17:52 , Alex Pattle

Big serve down the T at 15-15, and Raducanu moves to 30-15.

Two more fine serves from the Briton, the latter again down the T, and Kostyuk has no response.

A solid hold for Raducanu.

Emma Raducanu* 1-3 Marta Kostyuk

17:50 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu edges into a 0-15 lead but misses off both sides to go 30-15 down.

Powerful hitting off both wings on the next point, though, and the Briton steps in on a backhand winner. 30-30.

Raducanu is then pushed back, however, and Kostyuk fires a forehand winner down the line. “Come on!” she shouts. 40-30.

Again Raducanu steps forward, a big forehand proving too much for a stretching Kostyuk. 40-40.

Tremendous hitting from both women. First, Kostyuk sends a forehand winner down the line, then Raducanu forces a tough angle off her backhand and the Ukrainian misses.

Kostyuk regains advantage then scorches a backhand down the line to hold.

Emma Raducanu* 1-3 Marta Kostyuk

17:50 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu edges into a 0-15 lead but misses off both sides to go 30-15 down.

Powerful hitting off both wings on the next point, though, and the Briton steps in on a backhand winner. 30-30.

Raducanu is then pushed back, however, and Kostyuk fires a forehand winner down the line. “Come on!” she shouts. 40-30.

Again Raducanu steps forward, a big forehand proving too much for a stretching Kostyuk. 40-40.

Tremendous hitting from both women. First, Kostyuk sends a forehand winner down the line, then Raducanu forces a tough angle off her backhand and the Ukrainian misses.

Kostyuk regains advantage then scorches a backhand down the line to hold.

Emma Raducanu 1-2 Marta Kostyuk*

17:43 , Alex Pattle

A perfect response from Raducanu, who gets on the scoreboard with a hold to love!

Emma Raducanu* 0-2 Marta Kostyuk

17:41 , Alex Pattle

Kostyuk eases into a 30-0 lead but hits her own double-fault. 30-15.

Raducanu skids a forehand long as she looks for the corner and it’s 40-15.

Another Raducanu forehand goes long and Kostyuk secures a reasonably comfortable hold of serve.

Emma Raducanu 0-1 Marta Kostyuk*

17:39 , Alex Pattle

Kostyuk gains advantage and another double-fault from Raducanu sees her serve broken!

From 40-15 up, that’s disappointing for the 18-year-old.

Emma Raducanu* 0-0 Marta Kostyuk

17:37 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu surrenders the first point but immediately restores parity, before Kostyuk puts a backhand into the net. 30-15.

A fine serve from Raducanu, to which Kostyuk has no answer, and it’s 40-15.

But a double-fault from the Briton narrows the gap for her opponent. 40-30.

This time it’s Raducanu who finds the net with a backhand. 40-40.

This time, Kostyuk fires a groundstroke long. Ad-40.

Big hitting from the pair and Raducanu hits the tape with a backhand. Back to deuce.

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

17:28 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu wins the toss and immediately elects to serve first.

The warm-up is under way.

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

17:26 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu is court-side now!

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

17:25 , Alex Pattle

On the other side of the draw, second seed Anett Kontaveit will take on Sweden’s Rebeca Peterson.

Estonia’s Kontaveit dismissed Anhelina Kalinina 6-3 6-1 in the quarter-finals today, while Peterson battled past Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 3-6 6-3.

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

17:18 , Alex Pattle

There it is, Halep eases past compatriot Cristian 6-1 6-1.

Raducanu or Kostyuk will face a tough challenge against the former world No1 in the semi-finals here, though the lack of a home crowd for Halep means one less thing to think about for her opponent.

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

17:14 , Alex Pattle

We’re just waiting for the conclusion of Simona Halep vs Jaqueline Cristian.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Halep leads her fellow Romanian 6-1 5-1.

The winner of this tie will face the victor between Raducanu and Kostyuk.

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

16:57 , Alex Pattle

The players are expected on court in approximately 15 minutes!

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

16:37 , Alex Pattle

“I feel like I am playing at home, I am getting so much support,” Raducanu said after her first-round win this week. “Everyone is just really helpful and friendly in anyway they can.

“It is really nice to be here and I really want to extend my stay here. It means so much to me, I just love the country and playing here.

“That’s why I was fighting, I don’t want to leave just yet, I want to see my grandma [in Bucharest] but just wait a few days, I want to play here in Cluj.”

Emma Raducanu hopes to delay visit to grandmother with more success in Cluj

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

16:18 , Alex Pattle

Raducanu has revealed she has presented her US Open trophy to the Lawn Tennis Association as a “little gift” in recognition of their role in her development.

The British number one, 18, became the first British woman to win a singles grand slam title since Virginia Wade’s 1977 Wimbledon triumph with her stunning run from qualifying to victory at Flushing Meadows in the summer, but she has not held on to the hardware.

“It’s stored at the National Tennis Centre I’m pretty sure in London,” Raducanu said after beating Ana Bogdan to reach the quarter-finals at the Transylvania Open.

“It’s not at home. If you want to see it, it’s at the NTC.”

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Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

15:58 , Alex Pattle

Here is a look at Raducanu’s last-16 victory over Ana Bogdan yesterday, a result with which the 18-year-old made it back-to-back wins in Cluj.

Emma Raducanu beats Ana Bogdan to reach Transylvania Open quarter-finals

Emma Raducanu vs Marta Kostyuk

15:45 , Alex Pattle

Emma Raducanu will bid to earn a place in the semi-finals of the Transylvania Open as she takes on Marta Kostyuk in the last eight this afternoon.

Raducanu followed her shock triumph at September’s US Open with an early exit at Indian Wells earlier this month, but the 18-year-old has bounced back this week with back-to-back wins in Cluj. The British No1 fought from behind to beat Polona Hercog in three sets in the first round, before seeing off Ana Bogdan in straight sets yesterday – downing the Romanian on her home soil.

Next up for Raducanu, whose father is Romanian, is a clash with Kostyuk. The Ukrainian has made it into the quarter-finals here with two consecutive straight-sets victories, defeating Germany’s Mona Barthel in the last round.

There are no fans in attendance at the Transylvania Open this week due to coronavirus-related restrictions, but Raducanu has been feeling the love in Cluj anyway.

“I feel like I am playing at home, I am getting so much support,” the teenager said after her first-round win. “Everyone is just really helpful and friendly in anyway they can. I don’t want to leave just yet, I want to see my grandma [in Bucharest] but just wait a few days, I want to play here in Cluj.”

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