Emma Raducanu reached the Korea Open semifinals by beating Polish Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 in Seoul. Raducanu sealed her third consecutive sets win in the South Korean capital and has now won three straight matches in a tournament for the first time since her stunning US Open title win in 2021.
The 19-year-old will compete against Latvian top-class player Jelena Ostapenko or Andorran teenager Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva for a place in the final.
Raducanu, who fell at the first hurdle last month to defend her US Open title, has dropped to 77th in the world rankings from a career-high No. 10. But Britain’s No. 1, who this year played Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima and Belgian Yanina Wickmayer defeated. week, has rediscovered some of her best form in Korea.
Raducanu got off to a flying start, breaking Linette twice and comfortably holding her own serve en route to a 5-1 lead before finishing the first set 6-2 after 35 minutes.
Linette, who lost to Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova in the final of Chennai Open last week, immediately hit back in the second and won her opening serve game out of love.
The 30-year-old Pole went on to lead 40-0 on Raducanu’s serve, but the Brit dug deep to save three break points and then dealt a massive blow to her opponent by winning her serve for the third time in the next game and 2 -1 to score. forward.
Raducanu held the serve and broke Linette for the fourth time in the match to forge a 4-1 lead and that quickly turned 5-1 as he held on to love.
Linette extended the match by winning a deuce game on serve in the next, but Raducanu maintained her dominance by winning another serve game to finish the match in an hour and 16 minutes.