James Duckworth v Soonwoo Kwon Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Astana Open 2021: First Time Finalists Aim for Maiden Title

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In a battle between first-time finalists, World No. 65 James Duckworth of Australia will lock horns with World No. 82 Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea for the 2021 Astana Open title on Sunday, September 26. Get the live streaming options of this James Duckworth v Soonwoo Kwon match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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James Duckworth v Soonwoo Kwon Head to Head

This will be a first meeting between the 29-year-old Aussie and the 23-year-old Korean.

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A week after winning the Istanbul-II Challenger title, the 29-year-old James Duckworth has reached a first ATP final with a fourth consecutive straight sets win at the Astana Open.

On Saturday, Duckworth knocked out the eighth seed Ilya Ivashka 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in what was his first tour-level semifinal since Pune 2020.

Duckworth converted two of seven break points and saved five of six to win the contest in two hours and three minutes. The win was his ninth consecutive victory, including the five straight wins at the Challenger last week.

The Australian had begun his Astana Open challenge with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin. In the next round, he knocked out the fourth seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, before defeating compatriot and fifth seed John Millman 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinal.

Duckworth, who reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon and also made it to the Round of 16 in Toronto, improved his overall season record to 16-13, and 12-8 on hard courts on Saturday.

Kwon Stuns Bublik

Facing Duckworth in the final will be another first-time finalist, Soonwoo Kwon who stunned second seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in the semifinal on Saturday.

Kwon lost the first set to the World No. 34, but fought back in the second to force the decider and then got the only break of the third set to seal the two-hour-and-two-minute contest 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The Korean withstood 26 aces from the Kazakh. He was however more disciplined with his serve making no double faults, while Bublik had seven of them. Kwon saved 8 of 10 break points that he faced, while capitalising on three of the seven breaking chances he had in the match.

With the victory, Kwon is now 18-14 this season and will be looking to win a maiden title on Sunday.

The road to the final began with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy in the first round. In the round of 16, Kwon eliminated the third seed Dušan Lajović 7-5, 6-4, while in the last eight he knocked out another Serbian, seventh seed Laslo Djere 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-0.

This has been the best year in the 23-year-old’s professional career. He was a semifinalist in Eastbourne, and made it to the last eight in Singapore and Marbella. He also delivered his best result at a major with a third round debut at Roland Garros. Can he round out the stunning year with a maiden title?

Duckworth v Kwon Prediction and Tip

It’s going to be a fascinating battle between two players eager to win their maiden titles. With a 12-9 record on hard courts this year, Duckworth has a slight better record on the surface than Kwon’s 8-8 record. Also, Kwon heads to the final having won two draining affairs over the last two days. Will that have an impact on his game on Sunday?

Expect Duckworth to keep his winning streak going on Sunday and clinch a maiden Tour title.

Tip: Duckworth to win: 4/5 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Astana Open will be played from September 27 to October 3. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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