WATCH: Emma Raducanu ‘feeling at home’ in Cluj as she delivers post-match interview in Romanian
Emma Raducanu’s multilingualism was again on full display after her opening-round win at the Transylvania Open with the US Open champion doing her post-match interview in Romanian.
The 18-year-old won her maiden match at WTA Tour level as she beat Polona Hercog in the first round in Cluj-Napoca, coming from a set down to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Emma’s Romanian improved dramatically. She asked to speak in Romanian: “Mă simt ca acasă aici!”
I feel like home here!
— Transylvania Open (@TransylvaniaOpn) October 26, 2021
Raducanu, whose father hails from Romania and whose grandmother still lives in Bucharest, had given fans a glimpse of her language skills ahead of the tournament during a short promotional video in Romanian.
On Tuesday the US Open champion, who is also fluent in Mandarin thanks to her Chinese-born mother, she delivered a full conversation in Romanian.
“And @EmmaRaducanu will now talk about her victory…” 🇷🇴
— wta (@WTA) October 26, 2021
“Today was a really tough match, she [Hercog] was really strong, I don’t think I played that good, but I won. I am really happy right now,” she said.
“I want to thank you all, the tournament is very well organised. I like Romania very much, I feels like home here.
She added: “It means a lot to play in my dad’s country I have great memories here, and I am glad I have the chance to play here. Thank you very much for your support. Now I am a little bit shy to speak in Romanian but once I stay here longer I can speak better.”
*Translation done by the official Transylvania Twitter account.
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