Here we go!
Raducanu has a quick late bit of a banana and heads to the back of the court to serve
Players are out on court
Raducanu and Bogdan stride out onto court, with the music pumping out at the BT Arena. A reminder that covid restrictions here in Cluj-Napoca mean there are no fans allowed in for this competition.
The winner of this match will face Marta Kostyuk, of Ukraine, in the quarter-finals.
Raducanu loses the pre-match coin toss, with Bogdan electing for the Briton to serve first.
With the previous game on centre court finishing on time, that means Raducanu’s match with Bogdan is still on track to start from 1.30pm, meaning the players will be on court shortly.
Telegraph Women’s Sport reporter Molly McElwee has been seeing the reaction to adopted hero Raducanu in Romania this week
Norrie in action
Away from Romania a moment and Cameron Norrie, the recently crowned Indian Wells champion, has taken the opening set 6-2 against world no 12 Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Vienna Open.
The Briton is looking to reach the quarter-finals, after Andy Murray fell at the round of 16 stage yesterday. It’s even stevens at 3-3 in the second.
Room for improvement
Raducanu might have secured her first WTA tour win on Tuesday but it was far from straightforward against Polona Hercog – and the Briton herself admitted she was not at her best.
Telegraph Women’s Sport reporter Molly McElwee watched that match out in Cluj-Napoca and has picked out the key areas Raducanu can target for improvements.
Lowdown on Bogdan
Unsurprisingly given how new Raducanu is to the tennis tour, she has yet to play a match against Bogdan. The 28-year-old Romanian has reached the third round of the Australian Open (2018) and the French Open (2021) with her career high ranking of 59 coming in June 2018.
She has slipped down to 106 in the world currently, exiting the US Open in the first round – although she had a more straightforward opening win this week compared to Raducanu, beating Ivana Jorovic 7-6 6-4.
Raducanu should possess too much for Bogdan today but the slower indoor courts at the BT Arena might narrow the gap between the two.
Here’s the 18-year-old casually dissecting her opening Transylvania Open win in Romanian. There is no end to the Briton’s talents, it seems.
When is Raducanu due on court?
Raducanu’s match is third on center court today in Cluj-Napoca, but not before 1.30pm.
Emma Raducanu was made to work hard for her first win on the WTA Tour after her fairytale New York triumph as she recovered from a set down to beat world number 124 Polona Hercog 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the Transylvania Open in Romania on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old, whose father is Romanian, was already a firm favourite with her hosts but she endeared herself to them further by conducting her on court post-match interview in his native language.
The plan for Raducanu is for her to go and visit her father’s family in Bucharest after her run at the tournament ends but her immediate aim will be to go as deep as possible, with the Transylvania Open just the Briton’s fourth Tour-level tournament.
Her round of 16 opponent today is Ana Bogdan, the Romanian ranked 106 in the world. She may be the obvious choice for the home fans to support but Raducanu will also be getting her fair share of well wishes, even if supporters in Cluj are unable to watch live because of Covid restrictions.
“I feel like I am playing at home, I am getting so much support,” said Raducanu. “Everyone is just really helpful and friendly in anyway they can.
“It is really nice to be here and I really want to extend my stay here. It means so much to me, I just love the country and playing here.
“That’s why I was fighting, I don’t want to leave just yet, I want to see my grandma but just wait a few days, I want to play here in Cluj.
“Everyone has been so welcome, it has been a surprise. The Romanian girls have taken me under their wing so I am really grateful.”
Bogdan, ten years older than Raducanu and with a career high ranking of 59, will evidently want to get the better of her young rival – although the US Open champion’s exploits have left her impressed.
“Of course, even to me [what she did was inspirational],” Bogdan told Tennishead. “I said to myself that everything is possible, everything is achievable if you work hard and if you believe, if you are positive, you can do it.
“It’s very important to have the right attitude, this is what I admired when I watched her: the focus, her shots, and the way she behaved. “For me she was an inspiration, I think for many girls out there too.