Emma Raducanu reaches the Korean Open semifinals with a straight-sets win over Magda Linette to take a THIRD consecutive win – first since her US Open triumph
- Emma Raducanu continued her form as she marched to the Korean Open semifinals
- She defeated Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 to secure a spot in the final four
- Raducanu has won three in a row for the first time since winning the US Open in 2021
Emma Raducanu is showing signs that the shackles of being a teenage US Open champion may be coming off.
The British No1 yesterday made her first semi-final on the WTA Tour since her extraordinary triumph at Flushing Meadows last year, winning a third consecutive match for the first time since.
Raducanu defeated World No. 51 Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 to make it to the final four of the Korea Open in Seoul. This morning she would face Jelena Ostapenko, herself a one-time Grand Slam champion after her shocking win at Roland Garros in 2017, in a bid to reach the final.
Emma Raducanu marched to the Korean Open semifinals by beating Magna Linette
Still, a step forward has already been taken, with Raducanu’s ranking already guaranteed to have improved from the post-New York slump which saw it plummet to 83.
The 19-year-old from Kent knows she had to go back to basics and serve some of the stage she missed for her remarkable 2021 summer ascent.
“You have to mark the moment in a certain way,” she said after a 76-minute win. “It’s pretty cool to be in my first semi-final and building my way into the tour and going through the stages in the right way.
“It’s a nice reward for all the hard work I’ve put in on the practice track and the many hours. It’s really a nice feeling.
“Of course it’s great to do it here in Korea with the support of the fans.”
The British No. 1 took a 6-2, 6-2 win over her Polish counterpart to continue her top form
Linette just didn’t have an answer to Raducanu because she felt comfortable in Seoul
Raducanu was dominant on the serve, winning 26 of 27 points when she landed her first pitch. Towards the end, her opponent physically faded after reaching a final in India last week.
“It was quite cold and windy,” Raducanu said. “But it’s the same for both players. You have to remind yourself of that. I don’t think we both felt great so it’s a mental battle with yourself and I’m glad I got through that.
“I’m happy with the way I’m rebuilding my game and making progress. And trying to prepare myself as best I can for next year and also just to improve my game and go through the development phase that I kind of missed.
“It won’t be an easy way back, but it’s no fun when it all comes too easy for you.”