Kwon Soon-woo won his first ATP title at the Astana Open beating James Duckworth in straight sets, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Soon-woo is only the second South Korean to win an ATP title. Lee Hyung-taik won an ATP title in 2003 – almost 18 years ago.
Kwon Soon-woo had a good year in 2021. He reached the semifinals at Eastbourne International on grass and reached two semifinals at two tournaments – Singapore Open and Andalucia Open. He also reached the third round at the French Open – his best result at a grand slam so far in his career. He has represented South Korea in Davis Cup and at the Olympics.
With his first title, Soon-woo will improve his career-best ranking of world number 69 he reached in March 2020.