Another 2nd jinx… Tennis Kwon Soon-woo ‘Gobae’

Kwon Soon-woo (25), who is suffering from a ‘second round jinx’ on the men’s professional tennis (ATP) tour in the 2022 season, could not get over the hurdle even on the home ground. On the 29th, in the second round of the ATP Tour 2022 Korea Open held at the Olympic Park tennis court in Songpa-gu, Seoul, he was defeated 2-0 (3-6 4-6) by Jensen Brooksby (22, US, 46th in the world rankings).

Kwon Soon-woo shows a disappointing expression after conceding a goal in the second round of the ATP Tour 2022 Korea Open with Jensen Brooksby at the Olympic Park tennis court in Songpa-gu, Seoul. News 1

Kwon Soon-woo seized the break opportunity in the first game in the first set amid the one-sided support of domestic fans, but eventually missed the opportunity and gave up momentum. After giving up his momentum once, he pushed Brooks Bee with an aggressive play, but instead, the opponent’s calm defense only increased the penalty and gave up the first set 3-6.

In the second set, he also lost his first sub game to Brooksby, unable to stop the flow of defeat. After the middle of the second set, unlike the early days of attack, they played on an equal footing by adding tenacious defense to the game operation. In the 2nd set game score of 2-3, he broke the opponent’s subgame and seized the opportunity to change the flow of the game. However, he missed the opportunity once more as he lost his sub game to Brooks Bee, with the game score balanced at 3-3. In the end, he gave up two sets as it was and was sent off from the ATP Tour singles tournament in Korea after 26 years.

Kwon Soon-woo made 2021 the best year by winning the Astana Open in September last year, just a year ago from now, winning his first ATP tour title and raising the world ranking to the personal best of 52nd. However, in 2022, he continued to be sluggish in the Grand Slam and ATP Tour, passing one round 14 times and losing both rounds. Under this influence, the ranking also fell to 121st, and in this tournament, which could have been a turning point, he failed to shake off the jinx in the end.

Reporter Pil-woong Seo

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