Main Draws Kick off on Monday; Coco vs. Sofia

Soon-woo Kwon

July 24, 2022 – The main draws started on Monday in Atlanta at the 2022 Atlanta Open. This year's ATP 250 event runs from July 23-31, as the U.S. Open Series kicks off on the North American hardcourts at Atlantic Station.


Soon-woo Kwon and Marcos Giron opened the day on Stadium Court. 

Kwon defeated Giron 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-5 in just under three hours during their first-round match. 

Kwon got off to a fast and furious start. The South Korean broke Giron in the third game after forcing a forehand error. Kwon looked poised to win until the tenth game. He was in position to serve for the match, but Giron was not going to let him take the set that easily. Kwon double faulted and the first set went into a tiebreaker. Despite folding from the pressure earlier, Kwon was able to win the tiebreaker with relative ease. 


The second set started off with Giron breaking Kwon’s serve. One break of serve was all that was needed for Giron to ward off the threat of a straight set lose. Both players were able to hold their serve easily. Marcos would end up winning the set with an ace.


Kwon started the third set off by breaking Giron’s serve and holding his own. It looked to be a straightforward third set, but Giron would not go down without a fight. Giron got on a roll and won the next four games to go up 4-2. Kwon then won the next three games to give himself a 5-4 lead. At 5-5 it seemed that the match would be decided by a tiebreaker. However, Kwon upped his game. He won the deciding game with a beautiful forehand winner.


In other action, young American Sebastian Korda was able to dominate the opening set of his first round match against Daniel. He broke all but one of Daniel’s service games on his way to a 6-1 first set win. But things would change.

In a turn of events, Korda was unable to hold any of his own service games. Daniel quickly took advantage of this momentum by upping his serve and moving Korda from side-to-side.. He took the second set 6-1.

The final set proved how even these two were playing. A few points is all it took and despite a valiant effort from both, it would be Daniel who escaped with a well-deserved victory, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

The night session kicked off with the tournament’s second women's exhibition match, pitting Atlanta native Coco Gauff against American Sofia Kenin. This was Kenin's first match since competing in Indian Wells and subsequently withdrawing from the Miami Open in March due to an ankle injury.

The first set unveiled itself quickly as Gauff’s consistency in serves and shot making went unmatched by her error-prone opponent. Gauff led the charge until 5-0, when Kenin served her way out of trouble to bring the score to 5-1. However, with Gauff’s precision serving and powerful groundstrokes, she quickly sealed the set at 6-1. 

In the second set, Gauff heightened the entertainment with a sequence of drop shots and close calls, securing a lead at 2-0. Kenin responded with a hold, unleashing several groundstroke winners to bring the score to 2-1. Gauff promptly answered with two unreturned serves and two aces to close the game at 3-1. She continued her aggressive fun run until 5-1, when Kenin finally held serve again, but under pressure. In the final game, Kenin saw herself down at 40-15 when Gauff picked a ball kid to serve and play out matchpoint. Gauff (and the ball kid) clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win.


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