Kwon Soon-woo (26, Dangjin City Hall, world ranking 84th), a representative of Korean tennis, defeated Michael Imer (24, Sweden, world ranking 77th) to advance to the Men’s Professional Tennis (ATP) Tour Adelaide International 2 advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Kwon Soon-woo defeated Emer 2-0 (6-1 6-2) in the singles quarterfinals of the ATP Tour 250 Series Adelaide International 2nd Round held in Adelaide, Australia on the 12th.
Kwon Soon-woo reached the quarterfinals at the Rakuten Japan Open held in Tokyo, Japan last October. He reached the semifinals in singles on the ATP Tour after three months.
Kwon Soon-woo, who started this tournament from the preliminaries, lost 1-2 (5-7 6-3 3-6) to Tomas Makhachi (Czech Republic, world No. 115) in the second round. However, players who declared not participating in the finals came out and took the last train to the finals with ‘Lucky Losers’.
Kwon Soon-woo, who won the right to advance to the final round, went on a winning streak and reached the semifinals. In particular, in the round of 16 held the day before, he beat world number 15 Pablo Carreño Busta (31, Spain, world number 15) 2-1 (3-6 6-4 6-4) come-from-behind victory.
The person I met on the way to the semifinals was Sweden’s ‘divine’ Emer. He reached the third round at last year’s French Open.
Kwon Soon-woo, who broke first in the first set, took a 3-1 lead. Afterwards, he won three games and won the first set 6-1.
This Mer counterattacked by breaking the first game of the second set. However, Kwon Soon-woo immediately responded with the brake. After that, they won 2 games and turned the charter 3-1.
Compared to last year, Kwon Soon-woo, with a more sophisticated and sharper serve, shook Emer’s return. Emer, who could hardly find a way out of Kwon Soon-woo’s serve attack, was flooded with mistakes. Kwon Soon-woo, who took the lead with a 5-2 lead, also won the second set and confirmed his advance to the semifinals.
In this game, Kwon Soon-woo recorded 5 sub-aces. In particular, his scoring success rate on his first serve was a whopping 74%. In the round of 16 against Carreño Busta, he managed to serve 11 times.
Kwon Soon-woo competes with Jack Draper (21, England, 40th in the world) to advance to the final. In the first round of the first round of the Adelaide International, which was held at the same place on the 2nd, Kwon Soon-woo was defeated by Draper 0-2 (2-6 1-6).