Tennis – WTA – Seoul: Linette for Mladenovic, Alexandrova and Raducanu pass, Fruhvirtova does not continue

Published on September 21, 2022 at 10:22 a.m. – updated on September 21, 2022 at 12:14 p.m.

Aurélie SACHELLI

Magda Linette, seeded No. 3 in Seoul, has qualified for the round of 16, where she will face Kristina Mladenovic. Emma Raducanu and Ekaterina Alexandrova also passed, but not Varvara Gracheva nor Linda Fruhvirtova, the young winner of the Chennai tournament on Sunday.

Kristina Mladenovic knows her opponent in the round of 16 of the Seoul tournament. This is Magda Linette, seeded n°3 in the South Korean capital and 51st in the world, who won 6-2, 7-5 in 1h38 against the Dutch Arianne Hartono. The Pole, called 2-1 at the start of the match, then chained five games to pocket the first end, then she led 5-2 in the second, but her opponent equalized at 5-5 before losing her serve at worst. moment, at 6-5, on a shutout. Linette had won her only match against Mladenovic, in Cincinnati in 2019. Defending champion and seeded n°4, Lin Zhu had no difficulty in defeating the Indian qualifier Ankita Raina (6-1, 6-3, winning the last three games of the match) and she was the first to reach the quarter-finals. She will face the German Tatjana Maria, seeded n°7, who succeeded in her tennis to beat Kimberly Birrell 6-0, 6-3, notably by converting 6 break points out of 6. Qualification also for the quarters of the head serial No. 2 Ekaterina Alexandrova, to the detriment of Na-Lae Han: 6-1, 6-3 in 1:01 losing her serve only once.

Fruhvirtova stops there

It also goes for Emma Raducanu, the winner of the US Open 2021 who fell to 77th place in the world, who defeated the Japanese Moyuka Uchijima 6-2, 6-4, shaking a little in the second set, where she saw her opponent come back from 0-5 to 4-5 and get a 5-5 ball, before finally managing to conclude, on her third match point. However, the tournament is already over for the No. 5 seed, Varvara Gracheva. The Russian fell to her compatriot Anna Blinkova, who won 6-4, 7-6 in a very close match. Defeat also for Linda Fruhvirtova, who created a sensation by winning the Chennai tournament last Sunday at just 17 years old., and who fell from the start in Seoul against Yanina Wickmayer, victorious with a score of 6-1, 6-4, taking advantage in particular of the 10 double faults of the young Czech. At the end of the program, it was the seeded n°8 who was eliminated, in the person of Rebecca Marino, who fell against Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva. The Andorran player, born in 2005 as Fruhvirtova, and who crushed Chloé Paquet on Tuesday, dominated the Canadian 6-4, 6-2 in 1h21, saving the four break points that she got adversary son.

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