Kwon Soon-woo knocked out of Adelaide International
Kwon Soon-woo is out of both the men's singles and doubles tournaments at the Adelaide International Tennis Tournament at Memorial Drive in Adelaide, Australia, losing in straight sets to Sweden's Michael Yme in singles round of 16 on Wednesday and to Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo Escobar of Ecuador in straight sets in the doubles round of 16 today.
Kwon partnered with Artem Sitak of Australia in the doubles tournament. The pair dropped the first set 7-5, then conceded the second set 6-1, crashing out of the tournament. To reach the round of 16, Kwon and Sitak beat Roberto Carballes Baena and Laslo Dere in the first round on Tuesday.
Kwon is now completely out of the Adelaide International, having dropped out on the men's singles round of 16 on Wednesday. To get to the second stage, Kwon on Monday defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the round of 32.
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]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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