For the second year in a row, Ana Bogdan is qualified in the quarterfinals of the Transylvania Open, after the victory with Erika Andreeva, a double 6-4 and a very intense match, which Ana managed better in the key moments during the second set, when she bounced back from 1-4.
The number 8 favorite of this edition, Ana Bogdan ticks off her first WTA quarter-final of the new season.
The match with Andreeva, a 19-year-old player coming from the qualifications, was at times exhausting, with many tough exchanges, with Ana having an extra boost of inspiration, during the moments that mattered more.
If the first set was pretty calm on Ana’s side, the second set had a different story – but with the same ending. Bogdan came back from 1-4 (and a 1-5 ball), then won five consecutive games.
To get to her first semi-final in Cluj, Ana will have to overcome Arantxa Rus, the main favorite of the tournament. Rus and Bogdan have met three times so far, all matches being won by Ana. They last played in 2022, on grass, when Ana won in two sets.
Arantxa Rus survives a tough match, eliminates Alizé Cornet
The tournament’s number 1 favorite moves on after a hard-fought victory in three sets against Alizé Cornet: 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 for the Dutch player, a match that lasted for almost three hours. Rus had to call on all her resources and creativity to turn Cornet after a great first set.
Rus is going through the best period of his career. She arrived in Cluj after a season in which she won three WTA titles and two other ITF ones. And through today’s victory, Arantxa qualifies for the second quarter-final of the WTA (after Hobart).
Nuria Parrizas-Diaz stops Anna Blinkova’s good streak in Cluj
Nuria Parrizas-Dias has achieved another big victory today, after the one in the first round, when she got past Laura Siegemund. Now she eliminated Anna Blinkova (6-1, 3-6, 6-4), the winner from the 2022 edition, who had eight consecutive wins at the Transylvania Open.
Parrizas-Dias will play the next round against the winner of the Elisabetta Cocciaretto – Harriet Dart match.