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Raducanu reaches the first semi-finals of 2022 in Seoul; To face the next Ostapenko

Raducanu reaches the first semi-finals of 2022 in Seoul;  To face the next Ostapenko

Sixth seed Emma Raducano reached the last four of the Hana Bank Korea Open 6-2 6-2 over No. 3 seed Magda Linate in 77 minutes. She will apply for a place in the final against No. 1 seed Yelena Ostapenko, who beat lucky loser Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, 17, 6-2, 6-1 in 74 minutes.

The result marks Raducanu’s second round-level semi-final, and the first since he won the 2021 US Open as a qualifier. The 19-year-old has not dropped a set this week in Seoul, and next time he will face either No. 1 seed Yelena Ostapenko or lucky loser 17-year-old Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva.

Throughout the match, Raducanu hit her ground kicks hard and was so insistent on serve, dropping just one point off her first delivery. This was particularly useful as she avoided a potential turning point in the second half of the second set.

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After the first one-sided set, Linette won two superb all-court exchanges to retain a triple-break point to lead 2-0. But the Briton hit back with five straight points, including four powerful punches from one to two, to clear out the trouble, then netted an impressive second-leg winner to smash Lynette in the next game.

Lynette, who was on her way to the Chennai final last week which needed 2 hours and 46 minutes to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in the previous round, received treatment in her right thigh after the third match of the second set. With her movement clearly hampered, the Pole lost 14 of the next 17 points on appeal. Although Linette pulled herself together for one last service contract, Raducanu managed to end the match with her third love contract of the day.

“I think Magda was feeling a little bit physically,” Radokano said afterwards. “She’s had a lot of games and good victories because she’s a really tough player, and sometimes it really hurts the body.

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“I think it’s great to get my first semi-final and to tour the right way, to go through the stages.”

Ostapenko needed three tight players to get past wild card Jeong Boyoung and 141 seed Anastasia Gasanova in her first two rounds this week. But the Latvian, who saved a match point against Jasanova, gave her cleanest performance to date against Jimenez Kasintseva.

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Ranked 186, Jimenez Kasintseva was making her first-ever quarter-final appearance at the Tour level, and a powerful forehand left-footed shot put Andorra into an early 2-0 lead. But Ostapenko held her own, keeping her double-fault on five, and dominating the match with eight straight games.

Ostapenko qualified for her fifth semi-final this year, and her first since reaching the Eastbourne final in June.

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The semi-finalist of the semi-finals in Seoul will face No. 2 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova against No. 7 seed Tatiana Maria. Alexandrova saved one point in the second set tiebreak to defeat the 340th seeded Swiss in qualifying Lulu Sun 7-5, 7-6 (6) and advance to her fourth semi-final in 2022.

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Maria needed just 59 minutes to defeat No. 4 seed Zhou Lin 6-1, 6-1, beating the defending champion with a variety of laps and a fine touch at the net. The German, a mother of two, qualified for her third semi-final this season, after Bogota and Wimbledon.

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