Emma Radukanu (77th, Great Britain), who won the women’s singles championship at the US Open last year, entered the second round of the Hana Bank Korea Open (total prize money of $251,750) on the women’s professional tennis tour (WTA).
Radukanu defeated Uchijima Yuuka (126th, Japan) 2-0 (6-2 6-4) in the first round of the third day of the tournament held at the Olympic Park tennis court in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 21st.
Radukanu, who received the 6th seed, will face Yanina Wickmeier (460th, Belgium) in the round of 16.
Radukanu, who was last year’s only winner of the WTA Tour singles championship in the WTA Tour and above, was eliminated in the first round this year, and the world ranking, which climbed to 10th, fell to 80th.
Radukanu, currently ranked 77th, is aiming to bounce back at this year’s Korea Open.
Radukanu took a 5-0 lead in 2 sets conceding 4 games in a row, and in his subsequent sub game, he was hit by a 30-40 break, but kept the sub game at the end of the deuce and Confirmed to move on to the round of 16 in 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Radukanu’s second round opponent, born in 2002, Wickmeier, is a veteran born in 1989.
Wickmeier defeated Linda Pruvirtova (74th, Czech Republic) 2-0 (6-1 6-4) in the previous match.
Although currently ranked 400, he climbed to No. 12 in the world singles rankings in 2010, and reached the semi-finals of the 2009 US Open in singles.
After giving birth in April last year, she returned to the court in February this year, a ‘mother-player’.
Pruvirtova, who lost to Wickmeier, is a 17-year-old rookie who won the WTA Tour Chennai Open ($251,750 in total prize money), which ended in Chennai, India on the 18th.
After winning the championship, he moved to Seoul and played the match on that day, but was eliminated in the first round.
Zhu Lin (70th, China), who won the Korean Open held with the WTA 125K series, which was one rank lower than last year’s tour, defeated Ankita Reina (329, India) 2-0 (6-1 6-3) in the second round, and reached the quarter-finals.