President Moon backs Chung to bring more joy to South Koreans

Updated: Jan 27, 2018, 16:43 IST | Reuters

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has backed Chung Hyeon to bring more joy to his country after the youngster's inspired charge at the Australian Open came to a heart-breaking end in the semi-finals on Friday

Chung Hyeon
Chung Hyeon

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has backed Chung Hyeon to bring more joy to his country after the youngster's inspired charge at the Australian Open came to a heart-breaking end in the semi-finals on Friday. The bespectacled 21-year-old, conqueror of six-times Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic, suffered from blisters on his foot before retiring from the match while trailing 6-1 5-2 against 19-times grand slam champion Roger Federer.

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Kim Sang-hang, president of the Korea Skating Union (KSU), said in a statement that it would take steps to avoid further problems as South Korea prepares to host next month's Olympics in Pyeongchang. Ruthless Federer makes final as chastened Chung quits Ruthless Roger Federer handed wounded Chung Hyeon an old-fashioned schooling before the overwhelmed South Korean quit with foot blisters trailing 6-1 5-2 in a damp squib of an Australian Open semi-final on Friday. Federer was detained for only 62 minutes under the Rod Laver Arena roof as he set up a final against big-serving Croat Marin Cilic who pummelled another young gun, Kyle Edmund, on Thursday. Survivors Wozniacki, Halep set for high stakes showdown Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki will compete for high stakes in Saturday's Australian Open final, having each needed to save match points to prevent a premature exit at Melbourne Park. The winner at Rod Laver Arena is not only guaranteed a long-awaited maiden grand slam title but also the world number one ranking in the game of thrones that women's tennis has become in Serena Williams's absence.

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