Kwon Soon-woo (84th place, Dangjin City Hall), the men’s tennis leader, became the first Korean player to win two championships on the men’s professional tennis (ATP) tour.
Kwon Soon-woo defeated Roberto Bautista Agut (26th, Spain) in the final of the 2nd round of the ATP Tour Adelaide International (total prize money: $642,735) held in Adelaide, Australia on the 14th, 2-1 (6-1) after a bloody battle of 2 hours and 42 minutes. 4 3-6 7-6 <7-4>).
With this, Kwon Soon-woo achieved his second tour victory in his personal career following the Astana Open in September 2021.
In January 2003, he surpassed Orion Tennis Team coach Lee Hyeong-taek, who won the adidas International once, and holds the record for the most wins on the Korean ATP Tour.
Kwon Soon-woo also recorded a 100% win rate by winning 2 out of 2 matches in the singles finals he has played so far.
The prize money Kwon Soon-woo receives is 97,760 dollars (approximately 121.41 million won).
Kwon Soon-woo, who received 250 winning ranking points, is expected to raise his ranking to ‘career high’ and tie-in to 52nd in the world rankings to be announced next week.
Kwon Soon-woo took 52nd place in the rankings in the first week of November 2021.
Kwon Soon-woo lost to Tomas Machachi (115th, Czech Republic) in the second round of the preliminaries and seemed to be frustrated in advancing to the finals, but thanks to a player who did not participate in the finals, he joined the finals as a “lucky loser”.바카라
In the finals, which was fortunately reached, Kwon Soon-woo showed an upward trend by beating Pablo Carreño Busta (Spain), who ranked 15th in the world, 2-1 (3-6 6-4 6-4) and even won the championship.
According to Wikipedia, there are only 10 cases where a lucky loser has won the singles at an ATP tour event, including Soon-Woo Kwon.
Kwon Soon-woo is the only Korean player to participate in the first major tournament of the new year, the Australian Open, which opens on the 16th, and challenges to advance to the third round, his best record in the major.
Bautista Agut is a 35-year-old veteran, 9 years older than Kwon Soon-woo, but in 2019, at the age of 32, he was the first to top 10 in the world rankings (9th highest), and is still in his prime.
Kwon Soon-woo took the lead by breaking the opponent’s first serve game in the first set.
Kwon Soon-woo, who pressed Bautista Agood with a fast forehand, eventually took the first set.
However, in the second set, Bautista Agood adapted to Soon-Woo Kwon’s shot, and the flow of the match passed.
The scene where Bautista Agood fiercely counters Kwon Soon-woo’s strong serve became frequent.
Bautista Agood, who broke Kwon Soon-woo’s first serve game, eventually turned the game around.
Kwon Soon-woo showed his resentment by throwing his racket when the match was trailing 3-5 in the second set.