Gabriela Ruse secured her spot in the quarterfinals at the Transylvania Open after a beautiful match against Anna Bondar, a player ranked 116th in the world. Gabriela won in two hard-fought sets, 7-6 and 6-3, in a complicated and balanced match in which both players required the attention of a physiotherapist.
With the victory over Anna Bondar, Gabriela Ruse achieved her first quarterfinal qualification in a WTA tournament this season. Additionally, following this success, she will climb at least 25 spots in the WTA rankings, reaching around the 160th WTA position.
After a challenging season in which she struggled to string together victories, Gabriela achieved her best result of the year in Cluj. This is also the first time Ruse has reached the quarterfinals at the Transylvania Open. In 2021, she was defeated in the first round, and last year she was eliminated in the second round.
The match against Anna Bondar was evenly contested for one set. Gabriela started the match slowly and experienced physical issues, leading her to request the physiotherapist’s assistance after three games. After her return from the locker room, trailing 3-0, Gabriela began to feel better, hitting more freely and accurately, and from that point on, everything changed. Gabriela’s performance improved, she became more alert and cleaned up her game from errors.
For a spot in the semifinals, Gabriela will face Emiliana Arango, who continues her excellent form. After reaching the quarterfinals in Guadalajara (WTA 1000), Arango is once again in the quarterfinals of a WTA tournament, following her two-set victory against Jil Teichman.