Emma Radukanu (UK) smiles after winning the second round of the 2022 Hana Bank WTA Tour Korea Open singles match against Nina Wickmeier (Belgium) at the Olympic Park Tennis Stadium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 22nd. 2022.9.22/News1 ⓒ News1 Reporter Jinhwan Kim
(Seoul = News 1) Reporter Seo Jang-won = Emma Radukanu (77th, Great Britain) advanced to the Korea Open singles quarterfinals.
Radukanu defeated Yanina Wikmeier (460th, Belgium) 2-0 in the second round of the Hana Bank Korea Open (total prize money of $251,750) on the women’s professional tennis (WTA) tour held at the Olympic Park tennis court in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 22nd. 6-3, 7-5) and qualified for the quarterfinals.
Radukanu will face the 3rd seed Magda Linet (51st, Poland) in the quarterfinals. Linnett defeated France’s Cristina Mladenovic (135th) 2-1 (4-6 7-6 6-2) in the round of 16.
Radukanu, who won the first set lightly, shook sharply in the middle of the second set and allowed a 4-4 tie. After that, the match was followed by a deuce in the seesaw game aspect.
In the tense flow, Radukanu’s backside shone. Radukanu, who took the lead 6-5, showed concentration and won the last game to become the final winner.
After being eliminated in the first round of the US Open this year, Radukanu, who fell to the top 70 in the world rankings, is aiming for a rebound through the Korea Open. The previous day (21st), in the first round of singles, he defeated Uchijima Yuuka (126th, Japan) 2-0 (6-2 6-4), and continued the upward trend by defeating Weikmeier.
In an interview after the first round, Radukanu expressed satisfaction with life in Korea and said, “I want to stay as long as possible.” The quarterfinals will be played on the 23rd.
Han Na-rae (121st, Bucheon City Hall) and Jang Su-jeong (201, Daegu City Hall), the only Korean players remaining in the draw for this tournament, were Han Shin-win (80th, China) and Liang Eon-shuo (241, Taiwan) in the first round of doubles. ) defeated the group 2-0 (6-3 6-3) and advanced to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Han Na-rae and Jang Su-jeong will face off against Oksana Kalashnikova (68th, Georgia) and Nadia Kicchenok (105th, Ukraine) to advance to the quarterfinals.
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