Kwon, Giron knocked out of Australian Open in third round
Kwon Soon-woo and Marcos Giron dropped their third round match in the men's doubles tournament at the Australian Open on Monday, losing in straight sets to Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Neal Skupski of the United Kingdom.
Despite the loss, reaching the third round still allowed Kwon to tie his personal best result at a Grand Slam, having previously reached the third round once before in the singles competition at the French Open last year.
Kwon saw his best results in both the singles and doubles tournaments at the Australian Open this year, also reaching the second round in the men's tournament last week. His achievement in the double tournament was his best at any grand slam to day — at the Australian Open in 2020, French Open in 2020 and U.S. Open last year he finished in the first round.
Despite Kwon and Giron playing together for the first time, the pair easily beat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and Jan Zieliński of Poland 6-3, 6-4 in the first round, marking the first time that either Kwon or Giron have reached the second round in doubles at a Grand Slam event.
The duo faced a harder match in the second round against Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan. Qureshi especially has experience playing in the final of the U.S. Open in 2010 and reaching world No. 8 in June of 2011. Despite dropping the first set 6-1, Kwon and Giron managed to figure out their opponents and take the second set 6-3.
In the last set, the two sides both won their serve games to reach 6-6, pushing the set into a seventh game. Giron and Kwon won the last game of the third set after deucing five times. At 7-7, the pair took the next three points in a row to win the match.
However, the duo's Grand Slam outing was cut short on Monday with Koolhof and Skupski beating them in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Despite finding one ace in the first set and two aces in the second set, Kwon and Giron also had four double faults in the second set.
Both Koreans competing in the Australian Open have now been knocked out, as Jang Su-jeong lost her first-ever Grand Slam women's singles match on Jan. 19.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [firstname.lastname@example.org]