Tennis player Kwon Soon-woo has advanced to the third round of the men’s singles at a major event for the first time in his career.
Kwon, ranked No. 91 in the world, advanced to the round of 32 after beating No. 98 Andres Seppi of Italy 3-0 (6-4, 7-5, 7-5) in the second round at the French Open in Paris on Thursday.
With the win, Kwon has already secured 113,000 euros in prize money.
Kwon will next take on No. 9 Matteo Berrettini of Italy on Saturday. His previous best performance at a major was reaching the second round at the U.S. Open last year.
Kwon joins two other Koreans who have made it to the third round of the French Open. Chung Hyeon achieved the feat in 2017 and Lee Hyung-Taik did so in 2004 and 2005, in the best results achieved by Koreans at the tournament.
The best performance by a Korean player at a major is when Chung reached the semi-final at the Australian Open in January 2018. At the U.S. Open, another major, Chung advanced to the third round in September 2019.
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