On the 14th, Kwon Soon-woo (26, Dangjin City Hall), who became the first Korean player to lift two men’s professional tennis (ATP) tour singles championships, will compete in the first major tournament of the season, the Australian Open. The key is whether or not he passes the third round (Round of 32, 2021 French Open), his best major record.
Soon-woo Kwon will face Christopher Eubanks (USA) in the first round of the Australian Open singles final, the first major tournament of the season, which opens at Melbourne Park, Australia on the 16th (local time).
On the 14th, he finished his ‘warm-up’ by winning the second round of the ATP Tour Adelaide International, a prelude to the Australian Open held locally. In particular, Kwon Soon-woo, who was defeated in the preliminary round finals and revived as a ‘lucky loser’ in the finals, won after consecutive defeats of outstanding players, proving his significantly different performance.
Daejin isn’t bad either. His opponent in the first round, Eubanks, is 201 cm tall, but lost 1-2 last year to Kwon Soon-woo, who was one year younger. Compared to Kwon Soon-woo, who reserved 52nd place, the highest world ranking is 120th. The best record in the majors was Kwon Soon-woo’s 3rd round (French Open), 스포츠토토 while Eubanks was the 2nd round (64th round) of the US Open last year.
If you pass the first round, you will meet the winner of the match between Borna Choric (23rd, Croatia) and Irzy Lehechka (78th, Czech Republic) in the round of 64. In addition to the 3rd round, which is the best record in the majors, you can look up to the round of 16 if Daejin luck follows.
Significantly different performance boosts expectations. Park Yong-guk, executive director of the Korea Tennis Association, said, “Compared to previous years, my ability to use the second serve has improved, and the maximum speed of the serve has improved, reaching 210 km in the final.” Evaluated.
Regarding the burden of physical strength of Kwon Soon-woo, who played close matches for more than 2 hours and 40 minutes in both the semi-finals and finals of the Adelaide tournament, he said, “Seeing that he survived after being pushed in the early 3 sets, it seems that he has strengthened his physical strength through winter training.” If you do well, there will be no big problems,” he said optimistically.
In particular, managing director Park said, “She seems to be mentally strong, with her hair cut short,” and “As the power of her forehand, which was originally strong, seems to have increased, I hope to use the Australian Open as a stepping stone to raise her ranking further.” The previous day, the ATP Tour website also highly praised Kwon Soon-woo’s forehand stroke, which showed a remarkable change in strength and tempo, saying, “Kwon controlled the rally with a fearsome forehand at the decisive moment.”