Kwon Soon-woo (77th, Dangjin City Hall), who reached the semifinals of the tour tournament for the first time in his life, unfortunately failed to advance to the final.
Kwon Soon-woo defeated Alex Deminor (18th, Australia) of the 2nd seed in the singles semifinal on the 5th day of the Viking International Tournament on the 5th day of the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) Tour held in Eastbourne, England on the 26th (Korea time). , 6-7). Kwon Soon-woo, who has recently been on the rise, could not overcome the barrier of Deminor, who has won four times in singles in tour competitions.
However, with the prize money of 27,400 euros (about 37 million won) and 90 ranking points, the world ranking announced next week is expected to rise to 71st place. Kwon Soon-woo’s personal best ranking was 69th in March last year.
Kwon Soon-woo lost in the first round of the preliminary round of this tournament. However, as a large number of players in the finals withdrew, they joined the finals as a ‘lucky loser’. Since then, he has been on an upward trend and has made a record of advancing to the quarterfinals of his first individual tour tournament.
On this day, Kwon Soon-woo was led to a game score of 1-4 in the first set. After that, they caught up 3-4 by breaking the opponent’s sub game, but they gave up two games in a row and fell to their knees. The second set took the opponent’s sub game with a game score of 4-5 and drove the game to a tie-break. But it didn’t turn the game around.
Kwon Soon-woo succeeded in advancing to the third round for the first time in a major event at the French Open earlier this month. He was recently confirmed to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. It was the first time since then that he made it to the semifinals of a tour tournament.
Kwon Soon-woo will advance to Wimbledon, the third major tournament of the season, which starts on the 28th, and challenges the upward trend. The opponent in the first round is Daniel Mauser (Germany), who is ranked 220th in the world. If Soon-Woo Kwon passes the first round, Riley Opelka (32nd, USA) and Dominique Köpper (63rd, Germany) will meet the winner in the second round.
Reporter Lee Hyung-seok