Raducanu Surges Into Quarter-Finals At Korea Open

Emma Raducanu of Britain serves the ball during the women’s singles round of 32 match at the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul on September 21, 2022. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

 

Former US Open champion Emma Raducanu reached the quarter-finals of the Korea Open on Thursday, beating 396th-ranked Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in straight sets.

Raducanu, who crashed out of the US Open in the first round last month, overcame a sluggish start and a late wobble to win 6-3, 7-5 in Seoul.

The 19-year-old Briton, the sixth seed, will face third seed Magda Linette of Poland next.

Raducanu reached a career-high 10th in the world in July, but is now 77th, having failed to build on her shock success at Flushing Meadows last year.

Wickmayer held her own initially, exchanging breaks to 3-3, before the Briton picked up the pace to take the first set.

Raducanu carried that momentum into the second set and was leading 4-1, only for Wickmayer to fight back to 4-4.

Raducanu eventually pulled through, breaking Wickmayer’s serve on the way to clinching the set and match.

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Raducanu Survives Wobble To Reach Korea Open Last 16

Emma Raducanu of Britain serves the ball against Moyuka Uchijima of Japan during the women’s singles round of 32 matches at the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul on September 21, 2022. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

 

Former US Open champion Emma Raducanu overcame a late wobble before defeating Japan’s 126th-ranked Moyuka Uchijima in her opening match at the Korea Open on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Briton, whose US Open defence collapsed in the first round last month, won 6-2, 6-4 to make the last 16 in Seoul.

The sixth seed will face Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.

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Raducanu reached a career-high 10th in the world, but is now 77th, having failed to build on her shock success at Flushing Meadows last year.

After rattling through the first set, the teenager picked up the pace in the second to surge into a 5-0 lead in less than 20 minutes.

A Raducanu double-fault in the sixth game gave Uchijima a whiff of survival and the Japanese won four straight games before Raducanu finally sealed the match with a 114-kilometer-per-hour ace.

The match lasted one hour and 18 minutes.

Raducanu burst onto the scene last year when she made history by emerging from qualifying to claim a maiden Grand Slam title.

It was the first time a qualifier had won a major.

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South Korea’s Kim Min-Kyu Wins Korea Open

Kim Min-kyu of South Korea poses with the trophy after his victory in the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan on June 26, 2022.
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South Korea’s Kim Min-kyu won the national title at the Korea Open Golf Championship on Sunday, clinching his first victory on home soil.

Kim claimed the title after a fierce battle, with the final round of the Asian Tour event at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan going to a playoff.

The 21-year-old headed into his penultimate hole tied in first place at five-under-par, but his drive veered left and out of the course.

The final round went to a three-hole aggregate playoff, sending Kim and Cho Min-gyu back to the 16th hole, with the pair vying for their first career titles.

Both Kim and Cho missed the green at the 18th, but while Cho missed his par putt, Kim slotted in his birdie putt to win the national title.

“To be honest, this is unreal,” Kim said. “I was tense but the results were really good. I feel amazing,” he told reporters.

Kim’s victory secures him a spot in the 150th Open at St. Andrews in Scotland from July 10 to 17 and 450,000,000 won ($349,000) in prize money.

The Korea Open has been held every year since 1958, but the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.