Emma Radukanu (77th, Great Britain), who won the women’s singles at last year’s US Open, advanced to the second round of the Hana Bank Korea Open ($251,750 total prize money) 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 led 5-0 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 advance 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 immediately moved to Seoul to play the game, but was eliminated in the first round.
Han Na-rae (212th, Bucheon City Hall), the only Korean player to advance to the second round of the singles final, lost to 2nd seed Ekaterina Alexandrova (24th, Russia) 0-2 (1-6 3- 6) did he delete it.
As a result, only Han Na-rae and Jang Su-jeong (Daegu City Hall) in doubles remained as Korean players in this tournament.
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.
In the quarter-finals, Zurin will face another ‘mother-player’, Tatiana Maria (80th, Germany), who reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year.