Leng Sarinreach reeled off three wins on the trot in the backdraw of the ITF/ATF 14 and Under Development Championships in Bangkok.
The 13-year-old Cambodian built on his gains in the first week in experience and confidence after losing the second week showpiece in the second round to one of the strongest players in the tournament, which is being held under the aegis of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand in Bangkok.
The upshot of this resurgent run is that Sarinreach, who is going for his fourth win today, will almost certainly clinch a much higher placing overall than last week, raising optimism among Tennis Cambodia’s senior coaching staff.
Sarinreach’s 11-year-old travel-mate Sam Davith, however, has had some disappointing results, though being a first timer at this level of competition he nonetheless showed enough sparkle to give himself hope of producing better performances.
At the start of the week, Sarinreach turned in a strong super tie-break performance to beat Aminion Abdulloev of Tajikstan 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 but ran into a wall in the next round against J Koey of Malaysia, the winner of the first week’s event. The Malaysian proved too strong and wily and Sarinreach failed to break the duck in both the sets.
As disappointing as this scoreline was, Sarinreach quickly got over it and went on to score a 7-5, 6-2 win over Tam Meleager of Macau, who he had befriended in the same event last year in Vietnam.
Following this, he easily had the measure of Aadit Subedi of Nepal 6-1, 6-1.
Taking the court in a buoyant mood yesterday afternoon, Sarinreach dominated S Wepamyradov of Turkmenistan in a 6-2, 6-1 sweep for his third straight win.
Davith, meanwhile, lost in the first round of the main draw to Enkhjavkhlan Purevjav of Mongolia 1-6, 4-6. In the compass draw, Davith could do no better, beaten 3-6, 0-6 by Phonepaseuth Pathummakuronen of Laos.
Unlike the first event where they were paired with different partners for the doubles, Sarinreach and Davith played as a team in the second.
While the Cambodian pair raced to a 6-2, 6-0 first round win over Khenrab Nima and Sonam Tobgay of Bhutan, they went down 1-6, 4-6 to P Kannanqara of Sri Lanka and Hugo Lam of Macau.