Kwon Soon-woo loses round of 16 match at Adelaide International
Kwon Soon-woo crashed out of the men's singles round of 16 at the Adelaide International Tennis Tournament at Memorial Drive in Adelaide, Australia on Wednesday, losing in straight sets to Sweden's Michael Ymer.
On Monday, Kwon beat Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the round of 32 to reach the second stage. As of press time, Kwon is still in the men's doubles tournament, with a round of 16 match with partner Artem Sitak of Australia scheduled later on Thursday morning. The pair earlier beat Roberto Carballes Baena and Laslo Dere in the first round of the doubles tournament on Tuesday.
Kwon is currently ranked at No. 53 in the ATP rankings.
In June last year, Kwon advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career at the French Open. Only two Koreans, Chung Hyeon and Lee Hyung-taik, had previously reached the third round in Paris, and neither made it any further. In July last year, Kwon represented Korea at the Tokyo Olympics where he dropped out in the first round of the men's singles match.
He won his first ATP Tour title at the Astana Open on Sep. 27 last year, beating James Duckworth of Australia in straight sets in the final to claim the title. Kwon became the first Korean to win an ATP Tour title since Lee, who won the Sydney International in 2003. Kwon and Lee are the only Koreans ever to win on the sport's top-tier tour.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [email@example.com]