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South Korea level Davis Cup tie with NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/04/2017

Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus lost to South Korean Soon Woo Kwon © Getty Images Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus lost to South Korean Soon Woo Kwon South Korea have levelled the scores in their Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, with Soon Woo Kwon beating Michael Venus in straight sets.

Kwon dispatched Venus 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-1) in the second match of the Asia-Oceania Group 1 tie in Auckland on Friday.

Earlier, Rubin Statham had given the Kiwis a solid start in downing Seong Chan Hong in five sets.

Hong won the first two sets 6-3 7-5 before Statham took the third 7-6, edging out the tiebreaker 8-6 and going on to steal the fourth set by the same margin.

Rubin Statham © Getty Images Rubin Statham Statham was afterwards happy with his fight back from two sets down in a match which was delayed by rain late in the second set.

"Coming back from 2-0 down and going the distance to win in five, it took a lot of persistence, a lot of heart to fight through that mentally and physically," he said.

Although Hong was battling cramps and a leg injury, Statham said he was still wary of the 19-year-old right-hander.

"An injured opponent is a dangerous opponent - they know their limitations, it's very clear-cut what they need to do."

South Korea are missing two of their best players for the tie, top-100 ranked Hyeon Chung and top-150 player Duckhee Lee.

The tie is a chance to make amends for New Zealand's 3-1 loss to the same side in Seoul last year.

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