Raducanu wins third match in a row for the first time since the US Open
The Brit has yet to drop a set in Seoul
He will face the No 1 seed Ostapenko or Kasintseva in semifinals
Emma Raducanu reached the semifinals of the Korea Open by comfortably beating Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2 6-2 in Seoul.
Raducanu sealed his third straight-sets victory in the South Korean capital and has now won three straight matches at a tournament for the first time since his impressive US Open title in 2021.
The 19-year-old will face Estonian top seed Jelena Ostapenko or Andorran teenager Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva for a place in the final.
Raducanu, who fell at the first hurdle in defense of his US Open title last month, has dropped to No. 77 in the world rankings from a career-high No. 10.
But the British number two, who beat Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima and Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer earlier this week, has rediscovered some of her best form.
Raducanu got off to a great start, breaking Linette twice and comfortably holding her own serve on her way to a 5-1 lead before sealing the first set 6-2 after 35 minutes.
Linette, who lost to Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova in the Chennai Open final last week, immediately struck back in the second, winning her first service game to love.
The 30-year-old Pole then led 40-0 on Raducanu’s serve, but the Brit dug deep to save three break points and then dealt a heavy blow to her opponent by winning against her serve for the third time in the next game for advantage. 2 -1 ahead.
Raducanu held serve and broke Linette for the fourth time in the match to forge a 4-1 lead that quickly became 5-1 when she held love.
Linette extended the match overcoming a deuce game on serve in the next, but Raducanu maintained her dominance by winning another service game to end the match in one hour and 16 minutes.
Comfortable Emma Raducanu beats Magda Linette: How it happened
The moment the victory was sealed
Raducanu wins 6-2, 6-2 Linette
Raducanu infallible for the baseline again, a fantastic display of power and shots. She moves to a 30-0 lead and is closing in on the semifinals.
She finds another winner with a superb backhand. And at the next point, she moves into the easiest of winners after Linette’s comeback was a week away.
That’s that! Raducanu has won six straight sets and three straight matches for the first time since last year’s US Open.
Raducanu* 6-2, 5-2 Linette (* indicates next server)
A close challenge goes against Linette, and this is moving away from here now. Raducanu is 30-0 against serves, but Linette’s wide serve reduces some of the damage.
Linette does enough to hold on, but now Raducanu will do the trick.
Raducanu 6-2, 5-1 Linette* (* indicates next server)
This is turning into a cruise for Raducanu now after his third and fourth Ace of the match. The former US Open champion is now one game away from reaching the semi-finals.
Raducanu* 6-2, 4-1 Linette (* indicates next server)
Linette’s previous match took 2 hours and 46 minutes, so it may have taken its toll. An unforced error by the Pole allows Raducanu to come back from 15-15 against the serve. One more break and you’d have to think about curtains for Linette.
Another brilliant forehand down the line from Raducanu to make it 30-15, beautifully done.
And just like in the first set, Raducanu is ruthless in her pursuit of a break serve! A set and a double break now.
Raducanu 6-2, 3-1 Linette* (* indicates next server)
Raducanu gets off to a good start after the break with a deflected serve that Linette can’t handle. But on the second serve, Linette wins the next point to tie it at 15-15.
But Raducanu manages 18/18 points on the first serve, before Linette’s forehand winner levels the game again. But Raducanu’s first serve proves strong enough again and she has a crucial game.
It seems that the game is about to recommend
Raducanu has been trying to stay loose by hitting some balls.
Magda Linette is taking a medical break
A very important service game is coming up for Raducanu.
Raducanu* 6-2, 2-1 Linette (* indicates next server)
Not winning that game against serve was a huge blow for Linette, and she looks battered at the start of this game. Raducanu has a 30-0 lead after a forehand from Linette is called long.
Raducanu now has a couple of break points of his own! What a change this will be.
And Raducanu complies. There is a clear path to victory now: a set and a break.
Raducanu 6-2, 1-1 Linette* (*indicates next server)
Linette is gearing up for her task now, earning one of the match points by going in after a throw.
The Pole’s backhand is proving to be effective and she earns her first break point of the match. But Raducanu shows some guts to win the next two points and give himself a chance to maintain an unlikely 40-0 lead.
Raducanu fires another forehand down the line to get back to deuce! His next winner is just as good, this time across the court. Raducanu advantage. Linette can’t deal with another first serve from Raducanu, and that’s another hold.
Second set: Raducanu* 6-2, 0-1 Linette (* indicates next server)
A much better start to this set than the first for Linette, serving more freely and winning the game for love. Linette has dropped just one point in her last three service games, so she’s heating up a bit.
First set: Raducanu 6-2 Linette
Raducanu maintains his record of not dropping a first serve point in this match, moving to a 30-15 lead.
Linette responds to level the game, but Raducanu steps up and reveals his second ace of the match. The British has set point, but Linette saves it with better play from the baseline.
But Raducanu produces a backhand to claim the first set. It’s five straight sets this week.
Raducanu* 5-2 Linette (*indicates next server)
Linette wins the first two points on serve, before Raducanu benefits from a run of good luck with a chance winner that cut the net. Raducanu’s crosscourt backhand goes flying and Linette wins the next point to hold on. Raducanu will serve for the next set.
Raducanu 5-1 Linette* (* indicates the next server)
Raducanu is two service holds away from winning the set, and he makes a good start here to go up 15-0.
Excellent material from both in the following rally, but Raducanu’s commendable return takes too long. Linette then misses a backhand and looks down the court blaming a bad rebound. Raducanu 30-15 onwards.
Raducanu forehand down the line to make it 40-15. Then a deft drop shot proves decisive and that’s another service game deposited. Very impressive from Raducanu.
Raducanu* 4-1 Linette (* indicates next server)
Linette is forced to work hard for the first point on serve, but wins it with a two-handed backhand. A good wide serve from Linette beats Raducanu, 30-0.
Linette finds some rhythm now, and another Ace wins her first game of the match. Linette on the scoreboard after a difficult start.
Raducanu 4-0 Linette* (* indicates the following server)
Raducanu dominating from deep down the court at the moment, Linette has been scrambled all over the place. Raducanu backhand very effective so far. Another service game is decisively claimed 40-15. The match only has 15 minutes but she is loaded from this first set.
Raducanu* 3-0 Linette (* indicates next server)
Raducanu dispatches Linette’s serve too short, but the Pole responds forcefully, 15-15.
However, Linette is struggling to match Raducanu in plays, and uses angles well with a backhand to score two break points.
And there it is! What a start this has been for Raducanu, a double break, if she keeps this up, it may be her most impressive performance in a long time.
Raducanu 2-0 Linette* (* indicates the following server)
Can Raducanu cement that break and win his first service game? It’s a sure start with an ace, before she moves to the net after forcing Linette and volleying another winner. 30-0 to Raducanu.
Her next serve is too good for Linette to handle, 40-0.
Raducanu looks really strong in the early stages, and a wonderful forehand down the line wins the game to love.
First set: Raducanu* 1-0 Linette (* indicates next server)
Raducanu looks to show off his power and dictate from the baseline. Linette with some tricky serves in the early stages and the Brit establishes a 30-0 lead.
A better serve becomes a bit big for Raducanu, who misses a backhand, 30-15 Linette. A forehand from Raducanu has too much, and Linette recovers to 30-30.
Raducanu makes the most of the next move and has a break point, and there is the break! Linette challenges his shot for the line that was called, but it was.
Perfect start from Raducanu against the No.3 seed.
Raducanu has won the draw and will receive.
Raducanu takes to the pitch
The odds suggest that the winner of this match will play No.1 seed Ostapenko in the next round.
That is the victory for Maria
Resounding victory by 6-1, 6-1. Raducanu will be next on Center Court in Seoul.
Tatjana Maria is doing light work for Zhu Lin
The German claimed the first set 6-1 and is 4-1 up in the second. That should mean Raducanu is on the court at 9am unless there is a notable comeback.
Will Raducanu be able to carry on in Korea?
Good morning and welcome to coverage of Emma Raducanu’s rebuilding after her first round elimination from the US Open when she takes on Poland’s Magda Linette in the Korea Open quarterfinals.
Raducanu came to this stage following an easy 6-3, 7-5 win over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer on Thursday morning.
The British No.1 and sixth seed, who has been plagued by injury discomfort, is determined to progress here in Seoul after failing to defend her Grand Slam title in New York and a second-round loss at the London Open. Slovenia last week.
“My goal on the court is to keep trying to swing more and more freely in every match. And my other goal is to try to stay in Korea as long as possible,” he said.
“Last week I struggled a little bit with my legs, I just trained a lot and like I said the rest of this year I’m really trying to develop physically for next year.
“So I’m training a lot, like before today’s game, I did 90 minutes on the court and I’m just trying to get in good shape.
“And that comes with little inconveniences sometimes. At the moment, it’s something I’m just managing, but I know it’s for the greater benefit, so I’ve accepted that process.”