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Kwon Soon-woo wins the first 5 rounds of 4 matches at the Australian Open… 2nd round with Shapovalov (Comprehensive)

From the 2018 tournament, all 1st rounds and preliminary rounds were eliminated… 2nd round for the first time

4 sets lagging 1-2, opponent Rune’s leg injury ‘lucky’

Kwon Soon-woo wins first Australian Open

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Ahn Hong-seok = Kwon Soon-woo (54th, Dangjin City Hall) won the Australian Open tennis tournament (total prize money of 75 million Australian dollars, about 64.4 billion won) thanks to an injury to his opponent.

Kwon Soon-woo defeated Holger Rune (99th, Denmark) 3-2 (3-6 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2) after a full set match in the first round of men’s singles on the first day of the tournament in Melbourne, Australia on the 17th.

With this, Kwon Soon-woo succeeded in hunting for his first victory in the Australian Open finals.

Kwon Soon-woo previously competed in the finals three times in 2018, 2020, and 2021, and was eliminated in the first round. In 2019, they were eliminated from the preliminary round. It means that the 5th challenge in 4 battles over 5 years.

Kwon Soon-woo's return
Kwon Soon-woo’s return

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It is the fourth time Kwon Soon-woo has reached the second round in the four major tennis tournaments, following the 2020 US Open (excluded in the second round), last year’s French Open (excluded in the third round), and Wimbledon (excluded in the second round).

Kwon Soon-woo defeated Laszlo Zere (51st, Serbia) 3-1 (7-6)<7-3> 6-4 3-6 7-6<7-3>), and will play the second round (round 64) against Denis Shapovalov (14th, Canada) on the 19th.

Shapovalov, 23, is the strongest player in the three major tournaments he participated in last year, reaching the third round at the Australian Open and the US Open and reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon.

Kwon Soon-woo has one match and one loss against Shapobalov. They met in the second round of the 2020 U.S. Open and lost 1-3.

Kwon Soon-woo started uneasy by allowing a break without scoring a single point in his first sub game in the first set. The 5th sub game was also broken and the set was abandoned.

In the second set, Kwon Soon-woo turned the tide by breaking Rune’s second subgame. The third sub game was lost, but the momentum was maintained by bringing the next Rune’s sub game right away, eventually making the set score 1-1.

However, the flow of the game changed again in the third set.

Danish Holger Rune
Danish Holger Rune

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While Rune continued to dominate the power, Kwon Soon-woo had a higher success rate in net play and took the set.

Kwon Soon-woo lost the first sub game of the 4th set to Rune, and his defeat grew, but luck came to him this time.

Rune began to feel pain in her leg. He couldn’t even support Kwon Soon-woo’s serve in the 7th game.

Kwon Soon-woo eventually took 4 sets and drove the match to the final set.

Kwon Soon-woo gave a foreboding of victory by breaking Rune’s third sub game, which was constantly shaken by pain.

cheering students
cheering students

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Kwon Soon-woo, who continued the flow, confirmed the victory in three hours and five minutes.

Born in 2003, 19 years old and in his third year as a professional, Rune is six years younger than Kwon Soon-woo, and although he is 45 places behind in the rankings, he is a promising player who won the French Open Junior in 2019.

Last year, in the first round of the US Open, he left a deep impression on fans after losing 1-3 to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia).

At that time, Rune also complained of pain in his leg muscles from the third set.

On the 18th, in the women’s singles event, Jang Su-jeong (210th, Daegu City Hall) takes over the ‘victory energy’ from Kwon Soon-woo and challenges her first major victory. Jang Su-jeong is the first major event in the Australian Open.

Jang Su-jeong’s opponent in the first round is Danka Kovinic (98th, Montenegro). This is the first encounter between the two players.

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