We have arrived at the long-awaited time, the big Transylvania Open final, after which we will find out our new champion, the fourth one in the history of the tournament. Here’s what you need to know about the match.
The opportunity for Ana Bogdan
Ana Bogdan has wanted a WTA title for a long time. She has been looking for it for some time, and now, after two years, she has put herself again in a position to fight for one. The fact that Ana will play for the Transylvania Open trophy, in Romania, could be essential for her today’s meeting with Karolina Pliskova.
This qualification to the Cluj tournament’s final is an excellent result for the Romanian player, not only regarding the context of the impact this will have on her career or her ranking (after this final, Ana is only one step away from entering WTA top 50), but for her entire performance during this week, for the quality of her play.
The positive moment found by Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova arrived in Cluj ranked on the 78th place, meaning that is her lowest WTA ranking since 2014. From May 2023 to Cluj’s tournament, Pliskova had won only five matches and had not tied two victories in a tournament since April (Stuttgart). Her last notable result came in 2022, at the Rogers Cup, when she reached the semifinals.
At Cluj, Pliskova started slightly self-contained, but from one match to another, the shots started to unlock, scoring points and winning. Pliskova didn’t lose any set all week and was the fastest of all players, dropping just 21 games.
For Pliskova, a tournament like this is almost perfect and could be the starting point that she is looking for, so that she could return to her usual level and to a ranking as high as possible. Karolina plays today her 33rd WTA final, three years after the last one (Rogers Cup 2021).
H2H: 3-0 for Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova won all three games played against Ana Bogdan. Pliskova, in particular, is not an easy match-up for anyone: she has a strong serve, precise and varied; she has a devastating forehand and a linear, but very stable game from the baseline with which she pushes her opponents too quickly on the defensive.
Ana has a tough mission, she will have to go to great lengths to survive and the key will probably be how effective and disruptive she will return. If she can make her way into points early, and quickly, then her chances will increase considerably.