Emma Raducanu survives late wobble to move into second round of Korea Open

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Emma Raducanu survives late scare to beat Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima in straight sets to send the British number one into the second round of the Korea Open

  • Emma Raducanu beat Japan’s Moyuka Uchikima 6-2 6-4 in 78 minutes 
  • The British number will one next face Belgium’s Yarina Wickmaker in next round
  • She survived a late scare as Uchijima mounted a comeback in the second set

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

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The British number one, currently at 77 in the world rankings, beat 126th-ranked Uchijima 6-2 6-4 in an hour and 18 minutes in Seoul, dominating for much 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.

Emma Raducanu saw off Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima in straights to advance in the Korea Open

The 19-year-old will be eager to extend her run after making a second-round exit at last week’s Slovenia Open, her first tournament since the defence of her US Open title ended in round one.

After Uchijima held serve in the opening game of the match, Raducanu won the next five in a row en-route to claiming the first set.

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

Uchijima had caused some concern for Raducanu with a comeback during the second set

Uchijima had caused some concern for Raducanu with a comeback during the second set

Raducanu clinched the win in 78 minutes and will next face Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer

Raducanu clinched the win in 78 minutes and will next face Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer

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, only for Raducanu to produce a couple of aces before wrapping up the victory.

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