Korea Open: Ruthless Emma Raducanu surges into semi-finals
Emma Raducanu will now face top seed Ostapenko from Latvia in the Korea Open semi-finals.
Seoul: Emma Raducanu surged into the Seoul semi-finals on Friday as she won three matches in a row at a tournament for the first time since her US Open triumph.
The 19-year-old Briton blew away third seed Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 at the Korea Open and faces fellow former major champion Jelena Ostapenko in the last four.
Raducanu stunned the tennis world when she emerged from qualifying to win the US Open last year, but she has struggled to build on that and her Grand Slam defence ended in the first round last month.
Raducanu, who reached a career-high 10th in the world in July but is now 77th, showed flashes of her Flushing Meadows brilliance of 2021 in demolishing Poland’s Linette in 77 minutes.
Sixth-seeded Raducanu got off to a fast start, quickly winning the first four games and taking the first set 6-2.
She continued to dominate in the second set and her race to the finish line was only temporarily held up when her opponent required a lengthy medical timeout.
Yes…Emma Raducanu wins three matches in a row for the first time she won the US Open last year and is now through to the #KoreaOpen Semi Finals!!
— Lee Fergusson #FBPE #FBPA (@LeeFergusson) September 23, 2022
The resurgent Raducanu is yet to drop a set in Seoul.
But she faces a tough test in the form of top seed Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion from Latvia.
She thrashed 186th-ranked Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva 6-2, 6-1 in their quarter-final.
The other semi-final is between Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova and Germany’s Tatjana Maria.
Six teams will compete in the 2023 and 2024 editions, before expanding to eight teams from 2025 onwards.
Canada won their first Davis Cup title by beating Australia 2-0 in Malaga.
Victory for Italy set-up a semi-final clash on Saturday against Canada who also triumphed in the deciding doubles of their last-eight tie against Germany to win 2-1.