Emma Raducanu surges into quarterfinals at Korea Open

Emma Raducanu of Britain serves the ball against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during the women’s singles round of 16 match at the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul on September 22, 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.

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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.