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Soon scalps top seed Jankovits to hit last four

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Soon scalps top seed Jankovits to hit last four

South Korea’s fast-rising star Soon Woo-kwon, who recorded his first singles title of his fledgling career last Saturday, pulled off the biggest upset in the ongoing $10,000 ITF Men’s Futures by stomping top seed Frenchman Yannick Jankovits at the National Training Center yesterday.

The unseeded 17-year-old Kwon, ranked several hundred places below his accomplished rival, used his strong serve and swift court coverage to trouble the 240th ranked Yankovits in a 6-3, 6-2 win over an hour and 13 minutes.

Kwon stayed so consistent on his service games that he won all nine of them while making the crucial break points also count. Yankovits on the other hand served well below par on the top of blowing up three break points that came his way.

Second seeded Liang Chi Huang of Chinese Taipei had to work really hard to get the upper hand in the 49-minute first-set tie-break. But after grabbing the momentum, he was seen in a totally different light in the second against seventh seeded Wunner Mathias of Germany, eventually winning 7-6, 6-2.

Vietnam’s Hoang Nam Ly continued his good form with a 6-1,6-3 win over Seong Kwan Kim of South Korea.

In the longest match of the day that lasted for two hours and 23 minutes, fourth seeded Keong Eui Kim of South Korea bounced back from the first set loss to get past fifth seeded Richard Gabb of Great Britain 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.

In today’s semifinals, being played from 10:30am, Liang Chi Huang will face Hoang Nam Ly on Court 3 while Soon Woo Kwon will square off against fellow Korean Keong Eui-kim on Court 1.

Third-seeded Briton Richard Gabb and his Dutch partner Niesten Millan will take on the Korean combination of Hyun Woo-nam and Jae Min-seol in the doubles final slated for the afternoon.

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