I think that serving big and serving well and a lot of aces, especially in the second set, helped me get off to a pretty good lead, 4-1 up, which gave me bit of a cushion because Yanina started fighting back and it was a competitive second set,” said Raducanu.
The 19-year-old will next face Magda Linette from Poland.
“Linette is a challenging opponent with many years more experience than me. I’m focused on that match and not thinking further ahead, Raducanu said of her next opponent.
Raducanu is now ranked No.77 in the world. Back in July, she was 10th in the world but has since dropped after her first-round exit in the US Open.
In her match with Wickmayer, the crowd was obviously rooting for the Brit. She later told reporters in Seoul that she was uplifted with the energy of the crowd and the Korean fans.
“I think that their support for me was really nice and I really appreciate it. I feel so welcome and really comfortable on the court here,” she said.
After her US Open loss, Raducanu has switched her focus to playing in the lower end of the WTA spectrum, focusing mostly on WTA 250 events.
In the Korea Open, she won against Moyuka Uchijima in the first round.