Emma Raducanu reached the quarter-finals of the Korea Open after easing to a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer on Thursday. The British No 1 and tournament sixth seed took one hour and 40 minutes in Seoul to continue rebuilding after her recent first-round exit from the US Open, the event that propelled her to stardom last year.
Last week’s Slovenia Open lasted only a round longer, but in Seoul she displayed the resolve needed to overcome a fightback from Wickmayer as a 4-1 lead in the second set ebbed away.
Wickmayer had dropped to 460 in the rankings when she took a spell out of the game after the birth of her first child in 2021, but she was a dangerous opponent who grew stronger in the match.
Raducanu, who faces Magda Linette of Poland in the last eight, was unable to make the most of a break point in the third game but she dominated the fifth, winning without dropping a point to gain a crucial foothold in the opening set.
Her earlier composure deserted her when next serving and she doubled-faulted at the crucial moment to concede the lead.
But Wickmayer wobbled on her serve once again and Raducanu took full control of the ninth game, taking the set through a mixture of commanding shots and errors from her opponent.