It took Emma Raducanu more than a year, but the Briton reached the second semi-final of her budding career at the Hana Bank Open in Seoul on Friday. The sixth seed defeated third seed Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 17 minutes.
Raducanu won 96% of her first serve points to the Pole’s 60% and saved all three break points she faced. She then converted four of the five break point opportunities she had on Linette’s serve. She finished the match with 54 points to Linette’s 32.
After the win, Raducanu said: “I think Magda was feeling it a little bit physically. She has had many matches and good wins because she is a very tough player, and sometimes she sticks to her body. I think it’s great to get to my first semi-final and build my way up the tour in the right way, to go through the stages.»
The last time Raducanu reached the semi-finals of an event, at Flushing Meadows in 2021, he won the title. Meanwhile, looking to reach the second final of her career, Raducanu will take on Jelena Ostapenko.
The top-seeded Latvian defeated Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Ostapenko needed 74 minutes to complete the victory. She won 72% of her first serve points, she converted six of the 10 break points she had and lost her serve twice.
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Tatjana Maria also reached the semifinals after a one-sided victory over fourth seed Lin Zhu 6-1, 6-1. The German, seeded seventh in the South Korean capital, closed the match in one hour, in 59 minutes.
She converted six of the eight break points she had on serve from her Chinese opponent and saved two of the three break points she faced. Maria will play second seed Ekaterina Alexandrova for a chance to reach the Hana Bank Open final. Alexandrova defeated Swiss Lulu Sun, 7-5, 7-6 (6) in one hour and 55 minutes.