Emma Raducanu reaches last eight of Korea Open after beating Wickmayer

Emma Raducanu reaches last eight of Korea Open after beating Wickmayer

  • British No 1 eases to a 6-3, 7-5 victory in Seoul
  • Raducanu faces Magda Linette of Poland in quarter-finals
Emma Raducanu on her way to a straight-sets victory over Yanina Wickmayer

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.

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It took grit, an ace and an excellent forehand for Raducanu to preserve her advantage as the second set opened with an 11-minute game and in a flash she had eased 3-0 ahead.

A collapse followed as 3-0 became 4-3 and despite a superb backhand passing shot executed on the run, Raducanu was coming under heavy pressure

Every point had become a battleground but match point arrived and when Wickmayer sent a shot long Raducanu was through to the last eight.