The German Tamara Korpatsch won the Transylvania Open 2023, a WTA 250 Tournament, with a total prize of USD 259,303. She defeated Romanian Gabriela Ruse with 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday, October 22. The tournament occurred between October 14 and 22 at BT Arena in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Gabriela Ruse had qualified for the Transylvania Open final after a superb victory over the tournament’s fourth seed, Rebeka Masarova. Gabriela defeated Masarova 6-1, 6-4, securing her spot in her third WTA career final, following those in Hamburg and Palermo, both played in 2021.
Tamara Korpatsch became the first player to qualify for the Transylvania Open 2023 final after a swift victory over Eva Lys, this edition’s surprise. Korpatsch defeated Lys 6-4, 6-3, in her most apparent victory in Cluj this week.
Gabriela Ruse, helped by fantastic attendance support, started better than the German and had 3-0. Afterwards, the German player started winning valuable points, taking advantage of Gabriela’s medical condition and her double faults and unforced errors. The game had to be stopped for medical time-outs, as Gabriela needed medical assistance for muscle contraction in her left calf.
Gabriela Ruse suffered from her injury throughout the game, drastically impacting her performance. Even though she seemed to recover in the second set, she couldn’t do more after a sensational week in Cluj.
Gabriela is the second Romanian who reached the Transylvania Open Tournament final after Simona Halep in 2021. The latter lost to Annet Kontaveit in two sets.