Hyeon Chung reflects on his injury-plagued 2018 campaign


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Hyeon Chung reflects on his injury-plagued 2018 campaign

Rising South-Korean star Hyeon Chung used the word "rollercoaster" to describe his 2018 season. The 22-year-old was forced to prematurely call it a season due to a leg issue. The South-Korean was bothered by a leg issue for a good part of this season.

Chung, ranked at No. 27 in the world, last played in Stockholm two weeks ago -- where he was forced to retire his quarter-final clash to Italian Fabio Fognini. The South-Korean was scheduled to play this week's ATP Vienna and next week's Paris Masters -- but was unable to do so.

"Hi everyone, I am officially calling the end of 2018 season. It was a roller coaster ride and sometimes I made you disappointed," Chung said on Twitter. Chung appeared to be set for a huge year after a strong start to the season.

The 22-year-old reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open. The South-Korean's Australian Open run ended on an unfortunate way he was forced to retire his semi-final clash to eventual champion Roger Federer due to a leg issue.

Chung also reached the quarter-final at the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami. The South-Korean missed the French Open as he only played two tournaments during the clay season. The 22-year-old returned to action during the US hard-court summer swing as he missed the entire grass-court season.

Chung didn't have a great second part of the season as he struggled to find his best form after returning from the injury. However, Chung, who reached his career-high ranking of No. 19 in the world this past May, hopes to have a healthier campaign in 2019.

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