Emma Raducanu cruises to WTA milestone in Korea
Emma Raducanu will contest her first WTA tour semi-final after reaching the last four of the Korea Open.
The 2021 US Open champion defeated Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 6-2 to win three consecutive matches for the first time since her Slam triumph a year ago.
Raducanu, now ranked 77th in the world, backed up wins over Moyuka Uchijima and Yanina Wickmayer before outperforming her seeding of sixth to defeat third seed Linette. The 19-year-old is yet to drop a set in Seoul.
Next she faces world number 19 and top seed Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the final. Should Raducanu claim the WTA 250 title she would launch herself back into the world’s top 50.
The Korea Open is Raducanu’s second tournament since exiting the US Open in the first round last month, after playing in Portoroz, Slovenia, winning once there before losing to German qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam.
As the British number one comes closer to completing her first full season on the WTA tour, she will be hoping to be able to pursue a full off-season after her end of 2021 training block was disrupted by her contracting Covid-19.
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