Emma Raducanu beats Magda Linette to reach first semi-final since US Open win in South Korea

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mma Raducanu reached her first semi-final since last year’s US Open with a blistering display of aggressive tennis against Magda Linette at the Korea Open.

The British teenager hasn’t won three matches in a row on the WTA Tour since her fairy tale run in New York over a year ago.

But producing some of the best tennis since then this week, she returned to the all-or-nothing approach that won her a maiden Grand Slam title by recording a 6-2, 6-2 win.

She was the pair’s lowest-ranked player, dropping to 77th in the world following her US Open first-round loss to Alize Cornet and the sixth-seeded in Seoul. Linette was ranked third and 51st globally.

But the Pole was pushed aside in the opening rallies and found herself trailing 4-0 after just 15 minutes, having been beaten twice as Raducanu seemed to find every corner of the pitch.

Linette briefly stopped the rot for a hold in game five, but the respite was all too brief and she found no way to unlock the Briton’s serve for the duration of the set. She momentarily came close with a flicker of a break with a lucky net cord to bring the devil when Raducanu served for the set, but to no avail.

That near change of momentum and having fought back after a set and 5-3 in the previous round gave Linette the belief that she could force some sort of turnaround.

But such belief was short-lived as Linette appeared hampered by an injury in the second set which saw her struggle to walk as the match dragged on. Raducanu quickly found herself in a double break again and raced to victory in just an hour and a quarter.

The British No.1 enters the last four with plenty of momentum having not dropped a set all week.


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