Tennis-Kwon the first South Korean to win on ATP Tour in 18 years

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP 250 - Eastbourne International - Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain - June 25, 2021 South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo in action during his semi final match against Australia's Alex de Minaur Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo

(Reuters) - Kwon Soon-woo became the first South Korean to win on the ATP Tour since Lee Hyung-taik in 2003 after the 23-year-old defeated Australian James Duckworth 7-6(6) 6-3 in the Astana Open final on Sunday.

Kwon trailed 6-3 in the first set tie-break before saving three set points in the ATP 250 event in Nur-Sultan.

The world number 57, playing in his first ATP final, went on to clinch the win and end South Korea's 18-year wait for a tour-level title since Lee's victory at the Sydney International.

"Winning this tournament is going to help a lot of players in South Korea and a lot of guys who are trying to go out there," said Kwon, who defeated three seeds en route to the trophy.

"The younger guys will look up to me and they are going to believe they can do it as well."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Tennis

Tennis-Azarenka proud of fight in comeback win over Ostapenko
Tennis-'Today was just not my day': Zverev regrets shock defeat to Fritz
Tennis-'Surprised? Not really': Confident Basilashvili reaches Indian Wells semis
Tennis-U.S. Open champion Medvedev pulls out of Kremlin Cup
Tennis-Tunisia's Jabeur to become first Arab player to crack top 10
Tennis-British No. 1 title 'great bonus' as Norrie advances at Indian Wells
Tennis-Raducanu withdraws from Kremlin Cup - reports
Tennis-Ivanovic, Moya headline Hall of Fame nominees
Tennis-Canada's Fernandez to skip Billie Jean King Cup Finals
Tennis-Injury-hit Nadal still unclear when he'll play again

Others Also Read