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Soonwoo Kwon becomes second South Korean to win ATP singles title in the Open Era

South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon has become the ninth first-time ATP singles champion in 2021

Soonwoo Kwon Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) hits a backhand to Milos Raonic (CAN) at the AgBioEn Kooyong Classic on Day 1 in Melbourne Australia Copyright: ZM / Panoramic

South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon win his first ATP Tour singles title on Sunday after defeating James Duckworth 7-6(6), 6-3 in one hour and 38 minutes at the Astana Open.

The win made Kwon only the second male player from South Korea to win an ATP singles title after Hyung-Taik Lee won the Sydney title in 2003.

โ€œI am really happy to win my first ATP 250 title,โ€ Kwon said as quoted by the ATP Tour website. โ€œI am just really, really happy to win today. It was a tough match today against James. He served really well and played very well and I tried to focus every single point.โ€

Ranked No 82 in the world coming into Astana, 23-year-old Soonwoo Kwon moves to a new career-best ranking of No. 57 while Duckworth climbs nine spots to also move to a new career high of No. 56.

Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni won the doubles title in Astana, their first as a team, with a straight-sets win over Jonathan Elrich and Andrei Vasilevski.

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