Nearly two years after winning the Tanimex prize money tournament in Vietnam, Cambodia’s Davis Cupper Bun Kenny is just one step away from his second regional tennis title triumph.
The 22-year-old right hander was near flawless in his 6-2, 6-0 victory over Singapore’s Joshua Liu to make the final of the first leg of the 2014 BMW Malaysian National Tennis Circuit in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
In the title round fixed for 9am (8am Cambodian time) today, Kenny will face 25-year-old Malaysian Muhammad Ashaari Zainal Abidin, who is nationally ranked second but has no ATP points to his credit.
Kenny, in consultation with his partner Ruchika Amresh, pulled out of the doubles event after winning the first set of their third round match to conserve himself for the final.
Staying solid on his ground strokes and serving consistently well, Kenny grabbed control of his semi-final early enough to put the pressure on the Singaporean, who found the going extremely tough after a semblance of a fight in the first set.
“Mentally and physically I am in good shape. I need to get a higher percentage of first serves in and I am confident I can get this right in the final,” Bun Kenny told the Post after his victory.
Though Kenny failed to pick up a ranking point during the three back-to-back Futures tournaments Cambodia organised in late November and early December last year, he has nine ATP points under his belt.
Tennis Cambodia Secretary General Tep Rithivit said: “The whole tennis community is excited and this is the best that Kenny has done for quite a while apart from the Davis Cup. The timing could not have been better.
“It will be a proud moment for Cambodia if Kenny pulls it off and it would be a great inspiration for other members of the national team and hundreds of kids in our schools and junior programs,” added the Secretary, who guided the Davis Cup team as non-playing captain both in Doha 2012 and Dubai 2013.