Cambodia’s Davis Cup spearhead Bun Kenny crashed out in the second round of the ITF men’s Futures event on Wednesday in the central Indian city of Bhopal, beaten 6-0, 6-3 by seventh seeded Servar Ikramov of Uzbekistan on the hard courts of the Arera Club.
Taking the court in a joyous mood after picking up his fifth ATP point with a first round win against Sweden’s Lucas Renard on Tuesday, the Cambodian right hander walked straight into a firestorm.
Hard serving Ikramov, ranked 670th to Kenny’s 1,192nd, turned the first set into a breeze.
The 21-year-old Kenny put more energy and purpose into the second set but his 27-year-old opponent closed out the contest in style to make the quarterfinals.
“I feel good that I picked up a crucial ATP point, but I was rather disappointed that I couldn’t put up a better fight,” Bun Kenny told the Post after the loss.
Last week, the Cambodian No 1 bowed out of the Chandigarh leg of the Futures in the second round of the qualifiers.
He now heads to the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for next week’s tilt at the third Futures in Bhimavaram before returning to Phnom Penh to start preparations for the Group IV Asia Ocenia Davis Cup debut in Doha from April 16 to 22.