Two unheralded South Korean youngsters made it to the finals of the $10,000 ITF Men’s Futures for the GLF Open after scalping the last pair of surviving seeds at the National Training Center yesterday.
The all-Korean showdown today will feature 17-year-old Soon Woo-kwon and compatriot 21-year-old Ji Hoon-son. It took the fast-rising Soon an hour and 48 minutes to subdue fifth seed Niesten Milaan of the Netherlands 7-6, 6-3 in a match where the Korean’s calm handling of big points was a key factor.
The Dutch hope came into the contest oozing confidence after his triumph over top seed Liang Chi Huang of Chinese Taipei on Thursday but found himself at odds dealing with the teenager’s consistent and often sharp play.
The other semi-final was an all-Korean affair, with third seed Cheong Wui-kim, squaring off against Ji.