I was disappointed in the round of 16, but… Kwon Soon-woo’s ‘Hope’ Smashing

Kwon Soon-woo clenches his fists after scoring against Matteo Berettini in the men’s singles round 3 match at the French Open on the 6th. Paris = Associated Press

For Kwon Soon-woo (24, sponsored by CJ, 91st in the world rankings), this season’s French Open was a special time of growth. In the meantime, the image of being weak on the big stage was great, but in the second major tournament of the season, in the first round, he defeated Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson (35, South Africa, 100th) in the first round. Then, in the second round, he managed to advance to the third round of the major tournament for the first time in his career by catching veteran Andreas Sepi (37, Italy, 98th).

He even had the experience of competing with the world’s top 10 players on a major stage. On the 6th, Kwon Soon-woo faced Matteo Berettini (25, Italy), ranked ninth in the world, in the men’s singles third round on the 7th day of the tournament at Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France on the 6th.

On this day too, Kwon Soon-woo showed off his momentum at the beginning of the game without any regrets. He had a tight fight with his opponent and drove it to the tie-break. However, they failed to win the set as they collapsed 6-8 in the tie-break. After that, the flow was lost and the game ended with a set score of 0-3 as the 2nd set was 3-6 and the 3rd set 4-6.

With this, Kwon Soon-woo’s 2021 French Open ended with the result of advancing to the third round. Through three fierce matches, he gained confidence to become an asset to compete with world-class players on the men’s professional tennis tour (ATP) for a long time to come.

By accumulating a considerable number of points of 90 points, he was able to significantly raise his ranking. It is expected that he will climb up to 79th in the world rankings announced after the tournament is over.

Thanks to this, there is a possibility of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. The top 56 players in the world rankings as of the 14th can compete in the singles finals of the Tokyo Olympics on their own, but up to a maximum of 4 players from one country can participate. Excluding players who are absent due to injury or personal reasons, Kwon Soon-woo, who is ranked in the top 70, may return.

Reporter Pil-woong Seo

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