Eighth seed Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea will face Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in the Round of 16 of the Singapore Tennis Open on Thursday, February 25. Get the live streaming options of this Kwon Soon-woo v Yasutaka Uchiyama match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kwon Soon-woo v Yasutaka Uchiyama Head to Head
This will be the first time that the two will meet on the Tour. However, they have met twice at Challenger events and Kwon has won on both the occasions..
Kwon Fights Back To Beat Qualifier
World No. 81 Kwon Soon-woo rallied from a set down to beat American qualifier Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in the first round on Wednesday.
The South Korean, who won a Challenger event in Biella, Italy, last Sunday, saved two of five break points, and converted four of seven to beat Kwiatkowski 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes.
The 23-year-old Korean, who has three Challenger and five Futures titles, improved to 2-3 on the Tour this year. His only previous win of the year came against Slovakia’s Andrej Martin in the first round of Melbourne warm-up, before he fell to Miomir Kecmanovic in the next round.
He made first round exits at Delray Beach and Australian Open, going down to Sebastian Korda and Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets respectively.
The South Korean right-hander, had a successful 2020 season where he went 8-7, which included runs to four quarterfinals.
Uchiyama Battles Past Polmans
Facing Kwon in the next round will be Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama, who notched his first win of the year, battling past Australia’s Marc Polmans in the first round on Tuesday.
The Japanese, ranked 109th in the world, needed two hours and 19 minutes to beat the 129th ranked Polmans 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
This was the first win of the season for the 28-year-old Uchiyama, who lost to Aljaz Bedene in straight sets in Adelaide and to France’s Ugo Humbert in four sets at the Australian Open.
A winner of four ATP Challenger events, Uchiyama won the Japan Open doubles title on the ATP tour in 2017.
A former World No. 78, Uchiyama had a 1-7 record last season.
Soon-woo v Uchiyama Prediction and Tip
Kwon is the seeded player, and has a better (20-20) career record than Uchiyama (9-18). The South Korean is also in good form having won the Challenger title last week. He also has a 2-0 record against the Japanese, so expect him to advance to the quarterfinals.
Tip: Kwon to win in straight sets: 4/5 (bet365)