Wawrinka powers to victory over Korean teenager

Thu Sep 3, 2015 6:12pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka outslugged promising South Korean teenager Chung Hyeon 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 7-6(6) to reach the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Thursday.

The French Open champion belted 26 aces and hammered 62 winners on another sweltering hot day at Flushing Meadows but the 19-year-old Chung held his own against the Swiss fifth seed, ripping 28 winners.

Wawrinka, in his all or nothing, aggressive style, also registered 66 unforced errors against the bespectacled Korean, a 2013 Wimbledon junior finalist who is now ranked 69th.

"It was a really tough match, more than three hours," said the 30-year-old Wawrinka. "He's a great fighter and not easy to play."

Wawrinka, who also has the 2014 Australian Open crown on his resume, next faces Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium, who advanced when American Jack Sock retired due to cramping while leading 6-4 6-4 3-6 1-2.

It was the first meeting for Wawrinka against Chung, who has progressed up the ATP rankings through success in Futures and Challenger tournaments.

The Suwon native has compiled a 49-14 record in Futures and 45-21 in Challengers (4-2 in finals).

Wawrinka said he played better than in his opening-round straight sets win over Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, but needed three tiebreakers to vanquish Chung.   Continued...

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland hits a return to Hyeon Chung of South Korea during their second round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri