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

08:25 AM

Second set: Raducanu* 6-2, 1-0 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Uchijima serves first, but starts the second set with a double fault. Responds with a lovely forehand to make it 15-15.

Raducanu’s strong return game comes to 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 and that is a break of serve.

08:19 AM

Raducanu wins the first set 6-2

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

Raducanu requires another second serve, but Uchjima’s return flies long and that is the first set in the bag for Raducanu.

08:14 AM

Raducanu* 5-2 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

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

Raducanu then passes up an opportunity to punish a fairly weak second serve from Uchijima serve, but wins the next point with a cross-court return. Deuce.

Uchjima’s serve holds up well, and Raducanu will need to serve for the set.

08:09 AM

Raducanu 5-1 Uchijima* (*denotes next server)

Good work from Raducanu, punishing a return that was ballooned into the air by moving in and volleying. Backs it up on the next point to claim a 30-0 lead.

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

Uchijima does not really look like punishing such errancy though, and Raducanu lands her first Ace of the match to win the game.

08:05 AM

Raducanu* 4-1 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

Raducanu’s backhand from deep on the baseline working 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 close to the net from Raducanu, duly punished to make in 30-15 Uchijima. Never enough on it.

It is only a temporary blip however, as Raducanu’s power in the rallies delivers her another break of serve. The first 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 will want to land a higher percentage of first serves against stronger opponents.

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

07:56 AM

Raducanu* 2-1 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

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

Uchijima saves the first of them, but badly miscues a forehand from close to the net that flies out. Raducanu now a break up.

07:53 AM

Raducanu 1-1 Uchijima* (*denotes next server)

Raducanu’s second serve holds up to win the first two points of the game, 30-0. A wide serve across Uchijima to her forehand side proves too hot to handle, 40-0 to the Briton.

Unsuccessful challenge from Raducanu after a first serve was called out, but she wins the next point. An unfussy service game in the bank.

07:50 AM

First set: Raducanu* 0-1 Uchijima (*denotes next server)

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

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

07:43 AM

Here we go!

The players are on court, with Emma Raducanu trying to quell doubts about her form and fitness. Uchijima is 49 places below her in the rankings, so anything other than victory will bring further questions.

Raducanu wins the toss and elects to receive.

07:37 AM

Wickyamer is the winner

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

07:31 AM

Wickyamer one game away from victory…

That should mean Raducanu is on court within the next 10 minutes or so.

06:58 AM

Wickmayer won the first set

Having won the opener 6-1, the Belgian now leads Fruhvirtova 2-1 in the second set after a break of serve so we could be heading for a swift conclusion in that one.

06:34 AM

The start time pushed back

Raducanu is expected to be under way at approximately 7.15am now.  Yanina Wickmayer is currently 4-1 in the first set against Linda Fruhvirtova in the previous match on Centre Court.

06:17 PM

Raducanu’s long climb to the top

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 world No 77, who is coming off a second-round exit at the Slovenia Open last week, opens her campaign in Seoul as sixth seed against a 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 into the low-key event and was the top seed but fell to a 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 defeat.

The British No 1 began well and opened up a 5-3 lead in the first set over qualifier Friedsam, who is ranked down at 213, although she has been a top-50 player.

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

She took a medical timeout at the end of the first set and had her left thigh heavily strapped but breezed through the second set only to come up 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 second round with Magda Linette a projected quarter-final opponent.

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