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

/ 02:40 PM September 27, 2021
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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

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.

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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.

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

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