Ruthless Raducanu surges into Korea Open semi-finals
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Emma Raducanu surged into the Seoul semi-finals on Friday as she won three matches in a row at a tournament for the first time since her US Open triumph.
The 19-year-old Briton blew away third seed Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 at the Korea Open and faces fellow former major champion Jelena Ostapenko in the last four.
Raducanu, who reached a career-high 10th in the world in July but is now 77th, showed flashes of her Flushing Meadows brilliance of 2021 in demolishing Poland's Linette in 77 minutes.
Sixth-seeded Raducanu got off to a fast start, quickly winning the first four games and taking the first set 6-2.
She continued to dominate in the second set and her race to the finish line was only temporarily held up when her opponent required a lengthy medical timeout.
The resurgent Raducanu is yet to drop a set in Seoul.
But she faces a tough test in the form of top seed Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion from Latvia.
She thrashed 186th-ranked Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva 6-2, 6-1 in their quarter-final.
The other semi-final is between Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova and Germany's Tatjana Maria.