Return from injury’ Kwon Soon-woo rematch with U-Banks, opening on the 29th of the US Open
Kwon Soon-woo, who had a six-month hiatus due to a shoulder injury, will return to the US Open tennis tournament in New York and meet Christopher Eubanks (27, USA, 30th). The two players, who have a record of one win and one loss against each other, will face off again in seven months following the first round of this year’s Australian Open.
In the women’s singles, Han Na-rae (31, 124th) advanced to the U.S. Open for the first time in her life through the preliminary round. Han Na-rae will face 2023 Wimbledon champion Marqueta Vondroussova (24, Czech Republic, 9th) in the first round.
Kwon Soon-woo had a chance to avenge himself against Eubanks in a game that he recovered from his injury like a prank of fate. Kwon Soon-woo met U-Banks in the first round of the Australian Open in January, the first major tournament of the year.
In the match, Eubanks won 3-2 (6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4) after a close full-set match. Will Kwon Soon-woo, who returned in good health, be able to avenge his past defeat by overpowering Eubanks, which has the advantage of being a national competition. The first showdown between the two players took place in the first round of the ATP Qatar Open in February last year, when Kwon Soon-woo won 2-1 (7-6, 1-6, 6-4).
Another point to watch for in this tournament is whether “old and old rivals” Carlos Alcaras (20, Spain, 1st place) and Novak Djokovic (35, Serbia, 2nd place) will be able to meet again in the final. The two players faced each other three times this year, Djokovic won the French Open and the ATP Masters National Bank Open, and Alkaras won Wimbledon. In the first round, Alkaras will meet Dominic Koefer (29, Germany, 78th) and Djokovic will face Alexandre Mueller (26, France, 85th).
In the women’s singles, Iga Sibiong Tech (22, Poland, 1st place) will challenge to win the US Open for the second consecutive year. Among Sibion Tech’s best opponents is Arina Sabalenka (25, Belarus, 2nd place), who has achieved more than the semifinals in all three major tournaments, including winning the Australian Open this year. Whether Han Na-rae, who will compete in her second major tournament in her career, will win her first victory in the finals is also drawing attention from domestic fans.