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Kwon Soon-woo rises to 57th in world tennis rankings after first ATP Tour title

14:40 September 27, 2021

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean tennis player Kwon Soon-woo has achieved a career high in the latest men's world rankings after winning his first ATP Tour title this week.

Kwon moved up 25 spots to reach 57th from a week earlier in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world rankings released Monday.

It beat his previous career high of No. 69 from March last year.

The on-week jump in the world rankings came as Kwon claimed his maiden ATP Tour title at the Astana Open on Sunday.

He defeated the 65th-ranked James Duckworth in the final of the tournament held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, becoming the first South Korean champion on the world's top tennis circuit since retired player Lee Hyung-taik in 2003.

Kwon is currently the second-highest-ranked Asian player in men's singles behind 52nd-ranked Japanese player Kei Nishikori. The highest-ranking position by a South Korean player was set by Chung Hyun, a surprise semifinalist at the 2018 Australian Open, who reached No. 19 that year.

Kwon will move to California to compete in the ATP Tour San Diego Open later this week.

In this photo from the Facebook account of the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, South Korean Kwon Soon-woo poses with the trophy after winning the ATP Tour Astana Open in Nur-Sultan on Sept. 26, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



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