Beat Wickmeier 2-0 to advance to the quarter finals
Former US Open champion Emma Radukanu (20, Great Britain) held off former US Open champion Yanina Wickmeier (Belgium), who was 12 years her senior and continued her cruise towards second win of the trip.
Radu Kanu defeated Week Meier 2-0 (6-3 7-5) in the second round of the Korea Open on the Women’s Professional Tennis Tour (WTA) tour held at the Olympic Park tennis court in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 22nd. After beating Uchijima Yuuka (Japan) in the first round of the round of 32 the day before, Radukanu was just three steps away from winning the first tour tournament of his life, having beaten up to 12th in the world on the that day, even veteran Wickmeier of the same age
Radukanu, who was only ranked 150th in the world last year, started from the qualifying round at the US Open and won a surprise victory, once climbing to 10th in the world. At that time, he left his name as the only player who started as a qualifier and became champion, and the only player to win a major tournament with the fewest number of appearances (twice). However, after winning his first tour title at the US Open, Radukanu failed to deliver the news. The world ranking also fell to 77th again.
After passing the first round, Radukanu expressed his desire to win, saying, “I want to stay as long as possible in this tournament and spend more time in Korea.”
However, the match was tense again due to Wickmeier’s counter attack, and Radukanu secured the victory by defending his sub game in the position of the 2nd set match 5-5, he took Wickmeier’s sub game in the match 6-5 to end the game.
In an interview after the match, Radukanu said: “I was concentrating on not making mistakes on the attacking stroke. In particular, the serve was able to get into where she had set her mind to and play the match easily. I know many fans are hoping for a quarter-final match with Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday , but I will focus on the next game for now.”
In the quarter-finals on the 23rd, Radukanu beats the 51st ranked in the world, the 3rd seed Magda Linet (Poland) in the quarter-finals.
Byung-gyu Choi, staff reporter