I didn’t make it to Canada… Kwon Soon-woo, who gained confidence by catching the top 10 ranker for the first time

In tennis, like all sports, the confidence gained by fighting the strong is a great nutrient for further development. Korean tennis, which advanced to the round of 16 of the men’s national tennis tournament, Davis Cup, for the first time in 15 years, also gained such confidence. In particular, ace Kwon Soon-woo (25, Dangjin City Hall, 74th in the world rankings) even caught the top-class powerhouse. On the 14th, in Valencia, Spain, in the 2022 Davis Cup Tennis Finals group stage (2 doubles, 1 doubles) Group B first match against Canada in the doubles match, Felix Ozealiasim (22) defeated Felix Ozealiasim 2-0 (7-6 <7-) 5> 6-3).

Kwon Soon-woo of the Republic of Korea plays against Felix Ozealiasim during the second round of the 2022 Davis Cup Tennis Finals group stage match between Canada and Canada held in Valencia, Spain on the 14th. Provided by the Korea Tennis Association

Ozealiasim is younger than Kwon Soon-woo, but he is a young strong man who has established himself at the top of the world tennis list much faster. Although it was slightly pushed back to 13th in the world rankings announced on the 12th, it ranked 8th just a week ago, making it into the top 10 throughout the first half of the season. However, Kwon Soon-woo succeeded in causing a stir by showing his potential to turn the game over after being dragged to a game score of 0-3 at the beginning of the first set. Ozealiasim is the highest ranking player that Kwon Soon-woo has defeated so far, and previously ranked 24th by Luca Puyou in 2019 and Doosan Rayovich in 2020. After the match, Kwon Soon-woo said, “I won the world’s top 10 player for the first time, and today was a national competition, so I was desperate.

Despite Kwon Soon-woo’s victory, Korea could not surpass Canada in the national competition that day. However, he also showed hope in the two games he lost. The first singles ceremony held before Kwon Soon-woo’s match, Seong-chan Hong (25, Sejong City Hall, 467th) faced Basek Phospisil (32, 141st) at the end of a full set tie-break close to 1-2 (6-4 1-6 6-7<5). -7>). Min-gyu Song (32, KDB Development Bank) and Ji-seong Nam (29, Sejong City Hall), who participated in the doubles, also lost 1-2 (5-7 7-5 3-6) to Ozealiasim-Phospisil. It was disappointing that the three-set game score was 3-1 and then dropped down to 5 games. Except for Kwon Soon-woo, the international experience of the players caught the ankle at the last moment. Still, I gained confidence in the defeat. Manager Park Seung-gyu also said, “The players did a really good job.

Now, Korea is preparing for a battle against another powerhouse. On the 15th, they will play the second leg against Serbia, and on the 18th they will face Spain, the home ground of the world No. 1 Carlos Alkaras (19).

Reporter Pil-woong Seo seoseo@segye.com

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