It will be a heavyweight battle when Jelena Ostapenko takes on Emma Raducanu in the semifinals of the 2022 Korea Open on Saturday, September 24. head and tips here.
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Jelena Ostapenko against Emma Raducanu head to head
This will be their first meeting on the WTA Tour.
Raducanu will reach her first semifinals in 2022
Emma Raducanu will be proud of how she performed in Seoul this week.
After her three tournament wins, she now faces her first WTA semi-final since winning the US Open title last year. The 19-year-old Brit has competed in many tournaments since then but has not been able to hit a deep run.
Raducanu managed this feat at the current Korea Open without dropping a set. In the first round she beat Moyuka Uchijima and a 6-3, 7-5 win over Yanina Wickmayer followed. She defeated the in-form Pole Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
Emma, who is now ranked No. 77 in the world, had an uneventful year in 2022 as she spent time building her form and experience. She is now 17-17, with her previous notable results being quarterfinal runs at the Citi Open and Stuttgart Open.
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Ostapenko remains favorite
Top seed Jelena Ostapenko impressed in Seoul as she aims to win the tournament for the second time in her career. The Latvian, who became champion in 2017, struggled to deliver deep runs in 2018 and 2019 but managed to turn things around this time.
It wasn’t easy as she found herself in a couple of three-setters against Boyoung Jeong and Anastasia Gasanova. She found it easy in the quarterfinals, defeating Andorran teenager Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva 6-2, 6-1.
Ostapenko is the current No. 19 in the world and has improved her record to 28-15. She has amassed nearly $1.5 million in prize money from her four doubles finals (title runs in Cincinnati and Birmingham, runners-up in Dubai and Eastbourne) and singles title at the Dubai Championships.
Jelena struggled a bit in US Open swing, losing early in Toronto, Cinci and New York. There is clearly precedent for Raducanu to follow to beat the former No. 5.
Ostapenko v Raducanu prediction and tip
This is a high quality match that can go either way. Ostapenko is the clear favorite but Raducanu has shown she can fight and win big. Given her current form, this may be the time she finally gets back on the road to success.
The Korea Open 2022 will be played from September 19th to 25th. Get all the latest tennis betting news here on our tennis betting blog. You can also get previews of the rest of the tennis matches here.