Seongchan Hong defeats Marchenko, ranked 49th in the world, in the first round of the Gwangju Open Challenger

Hong Seong-chan’s game appearance.

Hong Seong-chan (172nd place, Sejong City Hall) advanced to the round of 16 of the men’s professional tennis (ATP) Gwangju Open Challenger (total prize money of $82,000) singles.

Seongchan Hong defeated Ilya Marchenko (239th, Ukraine) 2-0 (6-3 6-2) in the first round of the singles finals on the second day of the tournament held at Jinwol International Tennis Center in Gwangju on the 16th.

Hong Seong-chan, who finished second in the Busan Open Challenger that ended on the 14th, raised his world ranking to 172nd, his personal best.

Marchenko, whom Hong Seong-chan defeated that day, is a veteran born in 1987 and ranked 49th in the world after advancing to the round of 16 of the 2016 US Open.

Seongchan Hong will face Sho Shimabukuro (173rd, Japan) in the second round.

Hong Seong-chan is suffering three consecutive losses after two consecutive wins against Shimabukuro, a fellow of the same age born in 1997.

Jeong Yun-seong (383rd place, Anseong City Hall) and Nam Ji-seong (708th place, Sejong City Hall) also won the first round of singles and advanced to the round of 16. 성인웹툰

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