This week, Emma Raducanu is in Cluj, Romania for the first-ever edition of the Transylvania Open. The WTA 250 event will mark her first indoor tournament at the WTA level and it's also a very special moment for Raducanu as she's half Romanian. According to two-time major champion and fellow Romanian, Simona Halep Romanian fans adore her.

"The people here are proud of what she has done," Halep told press in Romania. "They have adopted her, let’s say.”

This definitely appears to be the case. Over the weekend during one of her first practice sessions at the event, she was greeted with a warm welcome as fans came to catch a glimpse of the US Open champion. Raducanu trained with friend and Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse. The two haven't known each for too long, but according to the world No. 23 it feels as if they've "known each other for ages."


Following Sunday's hitting session, Raducanu joined Ruse and a few other Romanian players in addressing the crowd. Speaking Romanian, the 18-year-old opened up about her love for the country and fans were quite impressed.

“The people here are really friendly, great humour and good food. I have great memories from this country. It is really nice to be back," she told fans.


Unfortunately the tournament will be played behind closed doors with COVID-19 cases skyrocketing within the country and strict measures set to take place on Monday.

The No. 3 seed will kick off her campaign against Slovenia's Polona Hercog and there's a chance she will meet her idol, Halep in the semifinals.