Emma Raducanu: Brit on track for best tournament run since winning US Open

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu progressed into the quarter-finals of the Korea Open on Wednesday after beating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets.

The 19-year-old is now on track to record her best tournament run since she won the 2021 US Open.

It has been a tough 12 month for the Brit since she made history at Flushing Meadows but she looks in good shape to turn her form around in Seoul.

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Raducanu has admitted she is loving being in South Korea right now and has made it her goal to progress as far as possible in the tournament.

“I feel so at home here. Everything is so much better. It’s so clean, the food is unbelievable. I just want to spend as much time in [South] Korea as I can,” she said.

The British number one made her debut at the Korea Open against Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima.

Raducanu cruised to a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 win before taking on Wickmayer in the second round.

Another straight sets win has set the former US Open champion up for a quarter-final clash against world number 41 Magda Linette.

Emma Raducanu celebrates
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 18: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates winning a point in her first round singles match against Sloane Stephens of United States during day 2 of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Raducanu’s form since 2021 US Open

Raducanu’s story is one known by millions around the world.

She became an overnight success at the 2021 US Open when she stormed to her first ever Grand Slam title after just three months on the WTA Tour.

Without dropping a single set, the teenager became the first qualifier in history to win a major tournament when she brushed aside every single one of her opponents.

It was a fairytale achievement for Raducanu, but her performances since last September have been a shadow of her full potential.

In the last 12 months, the Brit has failed to make it beyond the quarter-final of any tournament and has suffered multiple early defeats.

MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 17: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain plays Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2022 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Her US Open title defence was cut abruptly short when she was knocked out in the first round by Alizé Cornet. Raducanu’s early exit resulted in her plummeting 72 places in the world rankings.

However, despite struggling to make it beyond the early stages of most tournaments this year, Raducanu is still the British number one and she is ready to climb her way back towards the top 10.

“I’ll start again from the bottom,” she admitted in a recent interview. “I know I can do something that no one else has done. 

“I qualified and won the US Open, so I can start from the beginning. I can start from zero and I’m not afraid of that.”

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If Raducanu can beat Linette in the next round of the Korea Open, she will reach the semi-final of a tournament for the first time in more than a year.

She will take on the Polish star on Friday, who enters the clash after beating Kristina Mladenovic 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.

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