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Samneang wins bro battle

There was no love lost when it came to the battle between the Long siblings, as the younger Samneang inflicted a 6-1, 6-2 defeat on his older brother Chumnith to move into the men’s singles quarterfinals of the 2010 Cambodian Open tennis championships at the National Training Centre yesterday.

Long Samneang was returning to the court after a day’s well earned rest following his fierce three set victory over Dom Samphirun in the boys U18 first round on Sunday, in a match that ticked close to two and a half hours and produced a dramatic 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 outcome.

Yesterday, Samneang was easily the more versatile and assailing of his match, taking less than an hour to wrap things up against his brother.

However, a litmus test awaits him in the next round when he is likely to run into promising youngster Henrik Raag. The 17-year-old Estonian is expected to come through his third round match against Cedrik Debiolley.

Meanwhile, national team coach Pov Pros found the going real tough against his student Seang Mao in third round action. Seang Mao controlled the pace and the points well enough to establish early leads in both the sets, but ran into pockets of resistance from across the net before winning 6-4, 6-4. The victory brings Seang Mao into a quarterfinal clash with Orn Sambath.

Estonian coach Priit Pihl blanked out Federick Dubois yesterday on his way to booking a last-8 match up against Kan Sophon, who recorded a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win over Neang Thirith in the previous round.

At the top of the draw, Bun Kenny produced another exquisite victory over Damien without breaking a sweat, or dropping a game. The top seed now runs into in-form American Peter Lucas, who was unsparing against Our Sarith in a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing, for a place in the semifinals.

The boys U14 event has been turned into an eight player round robin involving two groups of four each. In a Group B encounter yesterday, Saman Moni Odom was too strong for Yi Chansirith 6-0, 6-3.

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