TennisSection previews the 2021 Winston-Salem Open Open as Pablo Carreno Busta  takes on Soonwoo Kwon in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021.
Will Pablo Carreno Busta continue to show consistency? Will Soonwoo Kwon pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we will see if Carreno Busta has the level to meet expectations and take the title. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Salem Open?
Pablo Carreno Busta has had an okay year, staying at a consistent level, although struggling to get past some of the top guys on many occasions. Despite that, he has earned himself to be the number one seed in this tournament, with the draw being very open, it would be good for Pablo if he could get a nice win over Soonwoo Kwon to kick off his campaign here at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open and build confidence throughout the week. Pablo would be a pretty good match up against Soon-woo, who likes to use lots of topspin and his lefty forehand to dictate play, Carreno Busta on the other hand likes to grind from the baseline with flatter shots, neutralizing his topspin shots. Carreno Busta should be able to get a nice easy win here underway and show that he’s the favorite to clinch the title here and get some confidence leading up to the US Open.
Soonwoo Kwon will try and upset Carreno Busta, it would be a huge win. Using his heavy topspin and lefty forehand to cut off the angles, he could have a chance to defeat Pablo. However, even if he were to do that successfully, it would definitely be a very tough challenge to defeat him, as the experience and ranking is definitely a lot different at the moment. It will be hard to break his serve, and with Pablo hitting through his shots really well it would be tough to hold serve too as he does not have a particularly powerful serve. I definitely expect a very tough match for him ahead, if he were to win, he would have too play some very good tennis and hope that Carreno Busta will not bring his best level, but Busta is definitely the favorite to win not just the match, but take the title too so it will undoubtedly be very hard to even take a set.
Pablo Carreno Busta and Soonwoo Kwon have met one time before, with Pablo Carreno Busta leading the head to head 1-0. Their one and only meeting was this year on the clay, where Pablo of course won rather easily, 6-4 6-0. Kwon can definitely put up a fight tomorrow, especially on serve, but I don’t see him getting many points if he tries to grind like he usually does, as he’ll just get outhit from the baseline where Carreno Busta will take advantage of any slower shorter ball that he gets, and I suspect he will get quite a few of them. I also expect for him to serve very well, and to be able to return aggressively and deep in the court, especially taking advantage of second serves that will sit up. I expect Pablo to get a nice easy win over Soonwoo to kick off his campaign here at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
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