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Halep begins in Transylvania with all-Romanian clash

The draw is out – and Simona Halep and Emma Raducanu are in the same half

Simona Halep Simona Halep during The VTB Kremlin Cup on October 19, 2021, at Irina Viner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Anatoliy Medved/Icon Sportswire)

New top seed Simona Halep will open her campaign at the Transylvania Open against a fellow Romanian – Elena-Gabriela Ruse.

The former world No 1 was due to be seeded second, but Elise Mertens has now withdrawn from the tournament.

Anett Kontaveit – through to the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday – is now seeded second and will face a qualifier.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu seeks to bounce back from her disappointing Indian Wells display and begins against Polona Hercog.

The tournament – which begins on Monday – will take place behind closed doors due to new regulations following the increased rates of Covid-19 in the area.

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