Cambodia’s Bun Kenny bounced back from a 4-1 first set deficit to post a 6-4, 6-1 victory over local wild-card Wisnu Adi Nugroho in the opening round of the Indonesian ITF Men’s Futures tennis tournament in Jakarta yesterday. The 20-year-old right hander, who won the Tanimex Open in Ho Chi Minh City last month, also picked up his third ATP point in the bargain.
“Kenny went through nearly three weeks of hard training after his trip to Vietnam and that has really helped him to be in good shape,” national team coach Braen Aneiros told The Post by phone minutes after Kenny’s hard court victory.
“Ever since he picked up his first ATP point in Laos [last] September, there has been a steady improvement in Kenny’s game. He is a lot fitter, [both] mentally and physically, and much more focused. Most importantly, he has developed that hunger for big match wins.”
Going into the 32 player main draw ranked 1418th, Kenny slipped into arrears as Nugroho dictated the pace from the comfort of the baseline. The set took a crucial turn when the Cambodian began a determined fight back at 4-1. He reeled off five games in a row to capture the set and then made a quick break in the second to establish a winning lead.
“Life gets tougher with every round in the Futures, but if you go by the level of confidence he is enjoying right now and the physical shape he is in, he has every chance to ruffle a few more feathers here,” added Aneiros.