Second seed Alex de Minaur of Australia will face World No. 77 Soon-woo Kwon of South Korea in the semifinal of the 2021 Eastbourne International on Friday, June 25. Get the live streaming options of this Alex de Minaur v Soon-woo Kwon match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alex de Minaur v Soon-woo Kwon Head to Head
It will be a first meeting between the 22-year-old Aussie and the 23-year-old South Korean.
De Minaur Marches Into the Semis
World No. 18 Alex de Minaur of Australia defeated Canada’s Vasek Pospisil on Thursday to march into the semifinals at Eastbourne International.
The second seed, who had a first-round bye, needed just an hour and 28 minutes to dispatch the World No. 66, 6-4, 6-4. Broken once in the match, De Minaur had six breaking opportunities and he converted three of those chances. The Aussie also won 81% first serve points and 45% points on the second serve.
On Wednesday, De Minaur had begun his Eastbourne challenge with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Britain’s Liam Broady.
A four-time winner on the tour, De Mianur improved to 6-2 on grass and 18-13 overall this year. This will be his second consecutive semifinal appearance. He had made it to the final four at Queen’s last week, but was stopped from progressing into the final by Matteo Berrettini. The Aussie was a quarterfinalist in Stuttgart — his first grass tournament of the season.
On Friday, De Minaur will look to enter a second final of the year. The 22-year-old had also reached the final of the season-opener in Antalya, picking his fourth career title after his opponent Alexander Bublik retired after just two games in the title clash.
Lucky Loser Kwon’s Incredible Journey at Eastbourne Continues
He was defeated in the first qualifying round at Eastbourne, but a host of withdrawals meant South Korea’s Soon-woo Kwon got an entry into the main draw as a lucky loser, what’s more he even got a first-round bye and directly featured in the Round of 16. And now the lucky loser has found his way into the semifinals of the tournament.
Kwon knocked out qualifier Ilya Ivashka in the quarterfinals on Thursday to move into the semifinals of a tour-level event for the first time this year. The 23-year-old South Korean withstood 14 aces from the Belarusian, saved five of six break points and converted three of six to win the one-hour-and-44-minute contest 6-4, 7-5.
It was a relatively easier outing for the World No. 77, who had to battle for two hours and 33 minutes for a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 Round-of-16 win over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.
Kwon, who had never won a tour-level main draw match on grass prior to this tournament, is 2-2 on the surface now.
Overall, he improved to 10-9 on the tour this year. He had reached the third round of the French Open, the quarterfinals in Singapore and Marbella.
De Minaur v Kwon Prediction and Tip
The Australian will be a heavy favourite in the semifinal on Friday. He has got into a good rhythm on grass and will aim to make it to the final ahead of the Wimbledon.