Emma Raducanu eased past Poland’s Magda Linette in straight sets to put together her first three-match winning streak since the 2021 US Open.
Raducanu reached the last four with the win where she will face either top seed Jelena Ostapenko or Andorra’s Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva.
The British No 1 progressed to the quarter-finals in Seoul with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, fending off a second-set comeback from her experienced opponent, but was hungry to win and reach the semi-finals of a tournament for the first time once this year.
Ahead of her match on Friday, Raducanu said: “Of course I really want to push as far as I can this week. I have earned a couple of quarters in the last year, but of course I would like to go one further.
“I’m happy with the way I’m building my game and moving forward. And trying to set myself up the best I can for next year and also just to improve my game and go through the development phase that I kind of missed.
“I think I take the challenges quite well and accept them. It’s not going to be an easy road back, but it’s no fun if everything comes too easily to you.”
Raducanu’s ranking has dropped to 77, but with few points to defend over the next 12 months, she will look to climb back towards the top of the game at a more steady pace.
After falling at the first hurdle in his title defense at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu won just one match in Slovenia last week but has shown good signs in Korea.
She showed the determination needed to overcome a Wickmayer fightback as a 4-1 lead in the second set faded.
Former world number 12 Wickmayer has now dropped to 460 in the rankings after taking a spell out of the game following the birth of her first child in 2021, but she remained a dangerous opponent and grew stronger over the course of their match.
Against Linette, Raducanu did not allow the opponent the same opening to fight back.
She made sure she stayed on top throughout after gaining an early advantage.
Raducanu saved three break points in her first service game to shut the door on a potential comeback from Linette before claiming victory 6-2, 6-2 with minimal fuss.
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