EMMA Raducanu’s injury year continued after she was forced to withdraw from her Korea Open semi-final.
The teenager had enjoyed a return to form after winning three straight matches for the first time since winning the US Open 12 months ago.
But she was forced to forfeit for the fourth time in 2022 against Jelena Ostapenko and only missed her second WTA final.
Raducanu had recovered from a breakdown to win the first set 6-4.
But Ostapenko, the number one seed in Seoul, fought back to win the second 6-3, but only after the Briton received a medical time out.
Raducanu was successful, but after the former French Open champion took a 3-0 lead in the final set, the 19-year-old retired.
Midway through the second set, Raducanu took a medical time-out off the court to seek treatment for a left glute injury.
The Briton, who dropped to 77th in the standings after a career-high 10th in July, managed to get back on the court but only picked up a few points before conceding the match in the deciding set while trailing 4- 6 6-3 3-0. .
Ostapenko will now face Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrov in Sunday’s final.
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As for Raducanu, it is the latest in a list of injuries that have hampered his progress since his incredible triumph at the US Open in 2021.
Despite the setback, it’s been a promising week for the British number one, who won all three of her matches in straight sets and beat a higher-ranked player than her in Magda Linette.
Raducanu hopes the injury won’t end a 2022 season to be forgotten.
Raducanu’s season has been marred by different types of injuries, ranging from blisters to side strains and hip and back issues.
But if so, attention will quickly turn to the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open in January.