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Hyeon Chung, the giant-killer, in Australian Open semis with win vs Tennys Sandgren

Hyeon Chung created history for South Korea as he entered the semi-final of the 2018 Australian Open Tennis tournament with a straight sets win over USA’s Tennys Sandgren.

tennis Updated: Jan 24, 2018 10:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Hyeon Chung became the first South Korean player ever to enter the semi-final of a Tennis Grand Slam event.(REUTERS)

Hyeon Chung continued his magnificent run in the Australian Open as he entered the semi-final of the 2018 Australian Open with a 6-4,7-6(5),6-3 win over USA’s Tennys Sandgren on Wednesday.

Chung’s straight sets victory made him the first South Korean player ever to reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam Tennis tournament and enhanced his skills on the world stage after beating Novak Djokovic in a tense three-set game in the fourth round. Chung will now face the winner of the clash between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych.

Sandgren struggled to get his first serve in throughout the match while Chung was consistently delivering higher first serve percentages. Chung also capitalised on the break points and in the second set, he held his nerve to take a two-set lead.

Chung gained the momentum and broke twice in the last set to serve for the match. However, Sandgren gave a tough fight and was on the verge of breaking the Chung serve and staying alive in the match. However, Chung fought back through an unforced error and after a rally which lasted 31 shots, the South Korean was serving for the match but an inspired moment of reflex actions from Sadgren brought the game back to deuce. On his fifth match point, Chung closed out the match and celebrated in a calm manner.

For Sandgren, it will be a tournament to remember after conquering former winner Stan Wawrinka and fifth seed Dominic Thiem. He became the first player in 20 years to enter the quarter-final of the Australian Open on his debut after failing to qualify for the main draw in the last four years. For Chung, his victory will only cement his place as the next bright hope of Tennis.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 10:23 IST