Siem Reap-based Peter Lucas caused a mild flutter in the 16th Tep Khunnah Memorial Cup national ranking tennis tournament when he knocked out of the elite Men’s A singles second round former national team member Ek Chamroeun 7-5, 6-3 in a late-evening match at the National Training Centre on Sunday.
Playing good percentages on both his serves and returns, the unseeded Lucas called the shots most of the way and easily held sway over his much younger rival, even as the third-seeded Ek Chamroeun also suffered from a load of unforced errors.
One of the Tennis Federation of Cambodia coaches, Pov Pros, had a few lessons to dish out in his 6-0, 6-2 first-round win yesterday over up-and-coming Samon Mony Udom, while the experienced Thun Thola raced to victory at the same stage after his rival Pel Vanna cried a halt at 6-1, 3-0.
Brad Huff was among yesterday’s other first-round winners, having an easy time against Savan Mean 6-2, 6-0.
Left-handed Kim Dara and Savy Sodaney set up a final showdown in the girls’ U12 singles after coming through their semifinal clashes with a measure of comfort.
Kim Dara disposed off her arch rival Tie Hengmay 4-2, 4-1, Savy Sodaney recorded the same scoreline against Hou Sreynuch in the second semifinal.
The title clash between Kim Dara and Savy Sodaney has been posted to this Sunday.
Khen Ratana, meanwhile, proved to be the punching bag among the four playersin group A of the Junior Boys’ U14 competition, losing all three of his matches.
He lost 6-0, 6-0 to both Yi Chansarith and Cheng Rongreach. In a more respectable show, Khen Ratana went down 6-4, 6-0 to Doeum Sambath.
In group B, Seoun Sothon pulled off a 6-3, 6-3 win over Yoeun Sothea on the top of his 6-3, 6-4 win over Daler Karassayev earlier in the day.
Kan Sohon got off to a sound start in the Junior U18 category, recording two bloodless victories in group A - the first over Our Sarith 6-4, 6-2 and then against Thoun Sothearoun 6-2, 6-1.