Emma Raducanu makes it two wins in a row in Romania as she edges closer to potential Simona Halep showdown

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Emma Raducanu celebrates victory

She was slightly slow out of the blocks, but Emma Raducanu is safely into the quarter-final of the Transylvania Open with victory over Ana Bogdan.

After securing her maiden win at WTA Tour level with a win three-set victory in the first round, Raducanu followed it up with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Romanian Bogdan on Thursday.

The British No 1 made a sluggish start as Bogdan had three break point opportunities in the first game, but she managed to dig herself out of trouble.

To add insult to injury for the Romanian, Raducanu broke to love in the next game and then raced into a 3-0 lead before serving it out to take a one-set lead.

It was the 18-year-old who made the stronger start to the second set as she broke in the opening game, but a loose service game saw Bogdan draw level at 2-2.

Raducanu upped the ante in game seven and after initially failing to capitalise on the first two break points, she made it third time lucky.

She then went on to serve it out to love, finishing with an ace.

Raducanu will face 19-year-old Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-final after the fifth-seeded Ukrainian defeated Mona Barthel from Germany 6-4, 6-4.

The player who comes through that match is projected to meet top seed Simona Halep in the semi-final. Halep, though, first have to beat Varvara Gracheva in the second round before a potential date with fellow Romanian Jacqueline Cristian.

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