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Duo slump in Vietnam

IT was a disappointing day for Long Samneang and Orn Sambath Saturday, as both the Cambodian entries at the Vietnam International Juniors Championships at Bac Lieu failed to clear the first hurdle in the 32-player qualifying draw.

In less than an hour, top seed Christoffer Solberg of Sweden made short work of Orn Sambath, dropping just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 clean up.

The 16-year-old Swede, who is unbeaten in six matches this year and holds a junior ranking of 1,003, never allowed the Cambodian of the same age any liberties on the court.

Tennis Federation of Cambodia coach Chea Pouv said: “the Swedish player was too consistent and solid for Orn Sambath.”

Meanwhile, Long Samneang put up a fairly decent fight against his Thai opponent Chaitawat Paisalsiri before going down 6-2, 6-2 in a game where the Cambodian succumbed to his own unforced errors.

Both Orn Sambath and Long Samneang will play in another qualifying draw at a different venue next week when national head coach Braen Aneiros will join them.

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