Seongchan Hong defeats Soonwoo Kwon in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis preliminaries

Kwon Soon-woo (left) and Hong Seong-chan played together in the 2023 Asian Games doubles.

Hong Seong-chan (227th place, Sejong City Hall) won the head-to-head match against Kwon Soon-woo (864th place).

Seongchan Hong defeated Sunwoo Kwon 2-0 (6-3 6) in the first round of the singles preliminary round of the ATP Tour BNP Paribas Open (total prize money: $9,495,555) held in Indian Wells, California, USA on the 5th (Korean time). -3) was suppressed.

Hong Seong-chan is currently the highest-ranked Korean player in the singles world, and Kwon Soon-woo’s world ranking has recently dropped to the 800s due to injuries, but he is the first Korean player to win the ATP Tour singles twice.

The BNP Paribas Open, where players of the same age born in 1997 compete, is at the Masters level, just below the four major tournaments.

Kwon Soon-woo participated in the preliminaries of this tournament by utilizing the protected ranking system that can be used by players who have not been able to participate in the competition for a while due to injuries or other reasons, and Hong Seong-chan was originally on the waiting list for the preliminaries, but thanks to the absence of a player, he was given the opportunity to participate and became Kwon Soon-woo’s opponent. It’s done.

The two, who are close friends, competed as a team in last year’s Hangzhou Asian Games and the doubles at the Challenger Tournament held in India last month, and trained together to prepare for this tournament, but they met in the first round of the preliminary round and only Hong Seong-chan advanced to the second round.

Seongchan Hong will face Sumit Naggar (101st place, India) in the second round of the preliminary round.If you win the second round, you will receive a ticket to the finals. 섯다

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