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Emma Raducanu responded by reaching her first WTA Tour semi-final.

Emma Raducanu responded by reaching her first WTA Tour semi-final.



Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu described her first WTA Tour semi-final as “very good” as her positive week at the Korea Open continued.

The 19-year-old was undefeated on her major tour when she picked up her first major prize at the US Open, but has now reached the last four for the first time in a year.

Radukanu played her best match to date in Seoul to beat third seed Magda Linnett 6-2 6-2 to win three matches in a row for the first time since her win in New York.

“I think Magda felt a little physical,” Raducanu told reporters.

“She’s been through a lot of matches and she’s had a good win because she’s a very strong player and she can get physical at times.

“I think it’s great to make my first semi-final and build my way to the tour in the right way, to go through the ranks.”

Radukanu, who fell at the first hurdle in defending her US Open title last month, fell from 77th in the world ranking to 10th place, but if she becomes champion, she could return to 50th place.

The British No. 1 broke Lynette twice and got off to a flying start, comfortably holding her own serve for a 5-1 lead before sealing the first set after 35 minutes.

Lynette, who lost to Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova in the final of the Chennai Open last week, promptly won her opening service game and hit the second.

The 30-year-old Pole led 0-40 on Raducanu’s serve, but dug deep to save three break points before breaking the British number one’s Linnett serve twice in a row.

Lynette’s physical struggles became more and more apparent and even though she managed to force Radukan to serve him, this was no problem for the Kent teenager.

Radukanu will meet top seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Saturday for the final spot.

Ostapenko, herself enduring a disappointing season by the standards, had to go through a narrow three-setter in her first two rounds this week to get past wild card Jeong Boeung and 141-ranked Anastasia Gasanova. But the Latvian No. 1, who needs to save a match point against Gasanova, has so far shown her cleanest form against Jimenez Kasintseva in Seoul.

She needed to dominate on power to take control of her game, but Ostapenko broke the Andorran’s early break.

Ostapenko has reached the last four five times this season but has not reached a WTA Tour semifinal since Eastbourne.

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