TennisSection previews the 2021 Astana Open as Soonwoo Kwon takes on James Duckworth in the Final on Sunday, September 26th, 2021.
Will James Duckworth move on? Will Soonwoo Kwon pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a very unexpected final, let’s see who can clinch out the win. Who will win the 2021 Astana Open?
Soonwoo Kwon pulled off a big win over the number 2 seed in Alexander Bublik to make the final and set up this meeting with James Duckworth. It’s obviously a very strange final, with two lower ranked players who were definitely not expected to make it this far. Having said that, there is no clear favorite, and while Duckworth does hold a higher ranking, Kwon has been playing some better tennis in my opinion, and I think he has the type of game to absorb Duckworth’s power and redirect his shots easily. I think he’s a good match up to take him on, and while there will be some competition, I think that Kwon will mostly tough it out in the big moments and take the title here at the 2021 Astana Open.
James Duckworth is the higher ranked player here, and on paper, he might even be the favorite to win the match. However, I suspect it will be a tough one for him this time around, as Kwon is playing some good tennis and I think that he will most likely be able to outplay Duckworth in the big moments. In order for Duckworth to win, he will have to serve really well, which he is capable of doing, although his serving numbers haven’t been too high, making me think even more so that Kwon will most likely be taking this one, even if it’s a close one, I think he’ll be the winner of the 2021 Astana Open.
Soonwoo Kwon and James Duckworth have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. They’ve never met before, and it’s not too interesting of a matchup, with both players being on the lower side of the rankings. A match like this with a relatively unpredictable outcome could go either way, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Duckworth pulled out the win, however, I just feel like Kwon has a more favorable outcome in this matchup, so it will certainly be interesting to see if he can step up and clinch the title here at the 2021 Astana Open.
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