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3 - 11 feb. 2024 Cluj-Napoca

Jaqueline Cristian vs. Ana Bogdan | Three things to look for at the match of the day

You don’t get a Romanian semifinal in the WTA circuit every day. The fact that this happens right in Romania, at the Transylvania Open, makes it even more captivating. Take a look at three important things related to the Saturday duel, in Btarena.

A major opportunity for both of them

For both Ana Bogdan and Jaqueline Cristian, this semi-final is of significant importance: qualifying for a WTA final after a notable period. Ana could return to a WTA final for the first time since 2022 (Warsaw), and Jaqueline has the chance to get into a new final after three years (Linz, 2021). The bonus, of course, is that the final will take place in front of their supporters. No matter the match’s result, it’s a solid start of the season for both of them. Both Ana and Jaq managed to create this week a foundation that they can build on for the rest of the season.

How much will the physical chapter matter?

If Jaqueline has not lost a single set so far on the way to the semifinals and has been quite expeditious in all matches, things are completely different with Ana Bogdan. Less than 24 hours after her marathon match against Arantxa Rus, a three-and-a-half-hour match in which she appeared to give her best, Ana will have to dig deep to find more resources in her tank. In addition, Ana’s match with Rus was not only a long one but also intense and physical in almost every moment of it.

This is perhaps where the key of the match is: how well could Bogdan recover after the quarter-finals match and what else could she bring to this one? On the other side, Jaqueline played very coherent and aggressive tennis in all of this week’s matches and maybe most importantly, she had no fluctuations, maintaining a high level just as long as needed.

2-0 in direct meetings for Ana Bogdan

Ana and Jaqueline will meet today for the third time in their professional circuit. Ana won both matches played until now, the most recent one being held at Parma, in 2023, with Ana’s victory in three sets: 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1).

The other match is less relevant because it was played in 2012, during an ITF tournament. In contrast, the recent match in Parma was extraordinarily balanced, ending in a decisive tiebreak. With that being said, today’s match could have any result.