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Emma Raducanu survives late wobble to see off Moyuka Uchijima at Korea Open

Emma Raducanu vs Moyuka Uchijima live: score and latest updates from Korea Open 2022 - AFP

Emma Raducanu vs Moyuka Uchijima live: score and latest updates from Korea Open 2022 – AFP

  • Raducanu wins in straight setsdespite first serve struggles

  • Briton will faceYanina Wickmayer in secondround

Emma Raducanu advanced in to the second round of the Korea Open as she saw off Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima in straight sets.

The British number 1, currently at 77 on the planet rankings, beat 126th-ranked Uchijima 6-2 6-4 within an hour and 18 minutes in Seoul, dominating for a lot of the contest before surviving a fightback by her opponent.

Raducanu will next face Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, who had earlier defeated Czech Linda Fruhvirtova 6-1 6-4.

The 19-year-old will undoubtedly be wanting to extend her follow creating a second-round exit finally week’s Slovenia Open, her first tournament because the defence of her US Open title ended in round one.

After Uchijima held serve in the opening game of the match, Raducanu won another five in a row on the way to claiming the initial set.

She subsequently broke Uchijima in the opener of the next and twice more again as she surged right into a 5-0 lead.

Having looked entirely comfortable, the sixth seed was then broken when serving for the match, and Uchijima’s response continued with three more games to take the score to 5-4.

Uchijima then had break point at 40-30 up in the 10th, limited to Raducanu to make a handful of aces before overall the victory.

By Press Association

Emma Raducanu wins 6-2, 6-4: Since it happened

09: 21 AM

As soon as the win was secured

09: 07 AM

Raducanu gets on the line 6-2, 6-4

Raducanu wins the key first point of the overall game on serve, that ought to settle her down and allay any internal doubts. Uchijima responds though, with a forehand down the road spooned up for a smashed winner. 15-15.

An unforced error from Uchijima helps it be 30-15 to Raducanu, though. Raducanu’s errant first serves needs to get back to bite her, and Uchijima gets it back again to 30-30 on her behalf second serve.

Raducanu then serves an untimely double fault, her FIFTH of the match, and Uchijima has break point!

Just when she needed it though, Raducanu delivers an Ace to send the overall game to deuce. And another Ace! Raducanu has her third match point.

Uchijima can’t control the return which is Raducanu on the line. Three accurate first serves when required. A collapse from 6-2, 5-0 could have been unthinkable.

09: 00 AM

Raducanu6-2, 5-4 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Now Uchjima gets the rub of the green, with the ball clipping the very best of the web and toppling over which produces an apology to Raducanu. 30-0.

Raducanu with a far more assertive winner but drags one, to place Uchijima 40-15 on serve.

It had been a detailed shave, but Raducanu produces a sensational forehand down the road to get back again to 40-30. But Uchijima steps directly into seal a four consecutive game. Raducanu will serve for the match for the 3rd time.

08: 56 AM

Raducanu 6-2, 5-3Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Raducanu seeking to serve out the match, but she loses the initial two points to get herself 30-0 down.

Retrieves one particular points, but another double fault – Raducanu’s fourth of the match – has Uchijima 40-15 up.

And japan player produces an excellent go back to break again. Raducanu being designed to work.

08: 52 AM

Raducanu6-2, 5-2 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Uchijima had won just five points on serve in this set but produced a cushty hold for the reason that game. Raducanu must steady herself and seal the match on serve.

08: 49 AM

Raducanu 6-2, 5-1 Uchijima(*denotes next server)

Raducanu isn’t messing about, quickly establishing a 30-0 lead before her second double fault of the match.

It really is just a temporary blip, as Uchijima does not return another Raducanu forehand. Two match points.

Uchijima retrieves one, before another double fault from Raducanu. A lack of concentration and we have been back again to deuce.

Uchijima produces an excellent return and contains a rest point. And break she does following a skewed Raducanu forehand.

08: 42 AM

Raducanu6-2, 5-0 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Uchijima really struggling to help keep pace now, and Raducanu has two points for a 5-0 lead in this second set. Raducanu’s power is proving overwhelming, and a forehand that’s too hot to take care of puts the Briton within one game of winning the match in straight sets.

08: 39 AM

Raducanu 6-2, 4-0 Uchijima(*denotes next server)

Raducanu’s cruise through the next set continues, as she holds serve against a fairly dispirited Uchijima now. That first serve percentage can be slowly creeping up.

08: 34 AM

Raducanu6-2, 3-0 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Uchijima executes several well-timed volleys to lead 30-0 on serve, but Raducanu’s superior strokeplay quickly has her level.

Raducanu takes it to deuce having an aggressive forehand return, is actually a possiblity to win a double-break in the next set.

The pressure tells on Uchjima, and Raducanu is in complete control now at 3-0 and two breaks up in the next set.

Emma Raducanu of Britain returns the ball against Moyuka Uchijima of Japan  - AFP

Emma Raducanu of Britain returns the ball against Moyuka Uchijima of Japan – AFP

08: 28 AM

Raducanu 6-2, 2-0 Uchijima(*denotes next server)

Raducanu’s first serve still not firing, helping Uchijima set up a 30-0 lead in the overall game. The Briton bounces back again to level though by using challenging.

A fantastic cross-court forehand helps it be 40-30, and Raducanu’s play from the baseline consolidates the serve.

08: 25 AM

Second set: Raducanu6-2, 1-0 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Uchijima serves first, but starts the next set with a double fault. Responds with a pleasant forehand to create it 15-15.

Raducanu’s strong return game involves the fore however, dictating the court and her opponent, and the No 6 seed establishes two break points.

A double-handed backhand from Raducanu pushes Uchijimi back which is a rest of serve.

08: 19 AM

Raducanu wins the initial set 6-2

With the overall game level at 15-15, Raducanu delivers a stronger first serve deep on the T to seize the initiative. Follows that up with an effective wide serve to Uchijima’s backhand side. Two set points for Raducanu.

Raducanu requires another second serve, but Uchjima’s return flies long which is the first occur the bag for Raducanu.

08: 14 AM

Raducanu5-2 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Both players exchange points before a Raducanu backhand rocks Uchjima back on her behalf heels, giving the Briton a 30-15 lead against serve. Uchijima responds with a good first serve, 30-30.

Raducanu then passes up a chance to punish a reasonably weak second serve from Uchijima serve, but wins another point with a cross-court return. Deuce.

Uchjima’s serve stands up well, and Raducanu should serve for the set.

08: 09 AM

Raducanu 5-1 Uchijima(*denotes next server)

Good work from Raducanu, punishing a return that has been ballooned in to the air by relocating and volleying. Backs it through to the next indicate claim a 30-0 lead.

For the very first time in the match, Raducanu loses a spot off her second serve. Her first-serve percentage is down in the thirties.

Uchijima will not really appear to be punishing such errancy though, and Raducanu lands her first Ace of the match to win the overall game.

08: 05 AM

Raducanu4-1 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Raducanu’s backhand from deep on the baseline attempting to good effect, earning a 15-0 lead against serve, but Uchijima responds to cramp her opponent for space and force a forehand out, 15-15.

Sloppy shot from near to the net from Raducanu, duly punished to create in 30-15 Uchijima. Never enough onto it.

It really is just a temporary blip however, as Raducanu’s power in the rallies delivers her another break of serve. The initial set is in her hands now.

08: 01 AM

Raducanu 3-1 Uchijima(*denotes next server)

Raducanu’s second serve proving sufficient again, but she’ll desire to land an increased percentage of first serves against stronger opponents.

Uchijima gets back again to 15-15 after Raducanu’s cross-court forehand is too strong. Raducanu gets the higher of another rally to lead 30-15, and she consolidates the break of serve with the the least fuss.

07: 56 AM

Raducanu2-1 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Uchijima’s strokeplay looking scruffy and Raducanu has three break points and the opportunity to seize some control of the match.

Uchijima saves the initial of these, but badly miscues a forehand from near to the net that flies out. Raducanu now a rest up.

07: 53 AM

Raducanu 1-1 Uchijima(*denotes next server)

Raducanu’s second serve stands up to win the initial two points of the overall game, 30-0. A broad serve across Uchijima to her forehand side proves too hot to take care of, 40-0 to the Briton.

Unsuccessful challenge from Raducanu following a first serve was called out, but she wins another point. An unfussy service game in the lender.

07: 50 AM

First set: Raducanu0-1 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Uchijima wins the opening point on second serve, Raducanu rather fluffing a forehand, which is soon 30-0 after Uchijima steps right into a forehand winner.

Raducanu with another unforced error before an ace to her backhand side secures a swift hold for japan player.

07: 43 AM

Here we go!

The players are on court, with Emma Raducanu attempting to quell doubts about her form and fitness. Uchijima is 49 places below her in the rankings, so anything apart from victory provides further questions.

Raducanu wins the toss and elects to get.

07: 37 AM

Wickyamer may be the winner

The Belgian sees offFruhvirtova 6-1, 6-4. Raducanu up next.

07: 31 AM

Wickyamer one game from victory…

Which should mean Raducanu is on court next 10 minutes roughly.

06: 58 AM

Wickmayer won the initial set

Having won the opener 6-1, the Belgian now leadsFruhvirtova 2-1 in the next set following a break of serve so we’re able to be at risk of a swift conclusion for the reason that one.

06: 34 AM

The beginning time pushed back

Raducanu is likely to be under way at approximately 7.15am now.Yanina Wickmayer happens to be 4-1 in the initial set against LindaFruhvirtova in the last match on Centre Court.

06: 17 PM

Raducanu’s long climb to the very best

Emma Raducanu continues her bid to climb back up the rankings with today’s first-round clash against Moyuka Uchijima at the Korea Open.

The planet No 77, who’s coming off a second-round exit at the Slovenia Open the other day, opens her campaign in Seoul as sixth seed against a new player 49 places below her in the WTA Rankings.

In Slovenia, Raducanu suffered another injury scare during her disappointing loss to Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam in Portoroz.

Raducanu took a wild card in to the low-key event and was the very best seed but fell to a 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 defeat.

The British No 1 began well and exposed a 5-3 lead in the initial set over qualifier Friedsam, who’s ranked down at 213, although she’s been a top-50 player.

Raducanu then lost four games in a row and started to look uncomfortable in her movement.

She took a medical timeout by the end of the initial set and had her left thigh heavily strapped but breezed through the next set and then appear short in the decider.

The winner of today’s clash with Uchijima will face either newly-crowned Chennai Open winner Linda Fruhvirtova or Yanina Wickmayer in the next round with Magda Linette a projected quarter-final opponent.

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