Emma Raducanu took down Yanina Wickmayer to reach the last eight of the Korea Open

Emma Raducanu took down Yanina Wickmayer to reach the last eight of the Korea Open

Emma Raducanu

Emma Radukanu defeated Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Korea Open.

The British number one and sixth seed took an hour and 40 minutes to resume her rebuilding following her recent first-round exit from the US Open; This incident catapulted her to stardom last year.

Last week’s Slovenia Open was only one round long, but in Seoul she showed determination to overcome Wickmayer when she led 4-1 in the second set.

Former world No. 12 Wickmayer has dropped to 460 in the rankings after ending a spell out of action following the birth of her first child in 2021, but she was a dangerous opponent who grew stronger in the game.

Radukanu, who will face Poland’s Magda Lynette in the last 8 games, could not find a good break point in the third game, but won the fifth game without dropping any points, and gained an important place in the opening game.

However, her early composure left her on her next serve and she doubled up at the crucial moment to take the lead.

But Wickmayer again stumbled on her serve and Raducanu took complete control of the ninth, taking the set with a mix of shots and errors from her opponent.

It took grit, ace and a superb forehand for Raducanu to maintain her advantage as the second set opened with 11 minutes of play and she flashed a 3-0 lead.

A collapse followed at 3-0 4-3 and despite a superb backhand shot on the run, Raducanu was under intense pressure from a determined Belgian.

Every point was a battleground but match point arrived at the 12th and Wickmayer was through to the last eight after sending a long shot.

Raducanu is eager to build on the physicality of her game and get into WTA Tour shape.

“Last week I struggled a little bit with my legs, just doing a lot of training, and like I said, the rest of this year is just trying to build up physically for next year,” she said.

“So I’ve been training a lot – like today I did 90 minutes on the court before the game, and I’m trying to keep myself in good shape.

“And that sometimes comes with a few niggles. At the moment, it’s something I manage, but I know it’s for the greater good, so I buy into that process.”

I’ve definitely done a lot since I started with Dimitri. I’ve put in a lot of extra hours, and it’s something that he and other people on my team think is very important, and myself included, that tougher, longer matches or streaks, they don’t affect me.

“And I think just not trying to overcomplicate things for myself, he’s helping me with that, because sometimes I enjoy doing that, thinking about the possible outcomes and overthinking it. So he’s trying to make it easier for me.”


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