Due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Romania, the upcoming WTA 250 Transylvania Open 2021 will have to transpire behind closed doors. Indeed, it is a big blow for fans who had plans for watching Simona Halep, Emma Raducanu, Paula Badosa, Elise Mertens, and others in live-action. Similarly, the players would also face a massive challenge, competing without the external energy from stands.
What’s more, the decision arrived from the Romanian Government only days before the main event in Cluj-Napoca. Thus, the players might not be well-prepared mentally to go out and perform without fans again after a long time. But given the situation, everyone will aim to do their best to make this event a success.
Emma Raducanu, Simona Halep, and others to feature in Transylvania Open 2021
Even so, it is an opportunity for the 18-year-old to get some match time on the WTA Tour. Besides, Raducanu hasn’t won much on WTA Tour-level so this might be the time to get that done.
Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) hits a shot against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
In the latest announcement, the Transylvania Open tweeted about fans not being a part of the tournament this year. They wrote, “Now we are incredibly sad to not have you, our friends, in the stands.”
We did our absolute best to be prepared with the safest possible event in these special circumstances, following all the rules and the safety procedures, and we were confident in our ability to deliver it.
Now we are incredibly sad to not have you, our friends, in the stands.
— Transylvania Open (@TransylvaniaOpn) October 22, 2021
Furthermore, the local star and former World No.1 Simona Halep will also compete in Romania. Even she, along with the rest of the main draw, will miss the fans this year.
Despite that, the two-time Grand Slam champion will hope to do well in her home country. Coming back from injury and a few disappointing results, it might be her place to get back into rhythm.
Can Halep or Raducanu qualify for the WTA Finals 2021?
Up until the desert, Raducanu had an outside chance to make it into the top 8 players of the year. But now, she is officially out of the Race to the WTA Finals.
Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania hits to Kristina Kucova of Slovakia (not pictured) on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
But above all, both Raducanu and Halep are compelled to succeed in the WTA 250 Transylvania Open. Let’s see who takes the limelight here. The tournament starts on 25th October 2021.
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