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Raducanu advances to semifinals at Korea Open

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 consecutive victory in the South Korean capital and has now won three consecutive matches at a tournament for the first time since his stunning triumph at the US Open in 2021.

The 19-year-old will face Estonian seed Jelena Ostapenko or Andorran teenager Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva for a place in the final.

Raducanu, who fell at the first hurdle to defend her US Open title last month, slipped to 77th in the world rankings after a career-high 10th.

But the British number two, who beat Japanese Moyuka Uchijima and Belgian Yanina Wickmayer earlier this week, has regained some of her best form.

Raducanu got off to a good start, breaking Linette twice and comfortably holding his own serve en route 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 fought back in second, winning her first service game to love.

The 30-year-old Pole then led 40-0 on Raducanu’s serve, but the Briton dug deep to save three break points and then delivered a powerful blow to her opponent winning against her serve for the third time in the next game to win a 2. -1 lead.

Raducanu held serve and broke Linette for the fourth time in the match to take a 4-1 lead that quickly grew to 5-1 by holding on to love.

Linette extended the game by outscoring a two-serving game in the next, but Raducanu maintained his dominance by winning another service game to like to wrap the game up in an hour and 16 minutes.

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