Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sarinreach strikes historic National double

Sarinreach strikes historic National double

National Junior Championships double winner Leng Sarinreach. Photo supplied
National Junior Championships double winner Leng Sarinreach. Photo supplied

Sarinreach strikes historic National double

Leng Sarinreach won the Boys Under-14 and Boys Under-18 titles yesterday at the Third National Junior Championships at the National Training Center on Sunday, becoming the first player ever to win singles titles in two different age categories on the same day.

The 13-year old hit a rich vein of form and showed remarkable endurance through four matches on his way to victory in both age categories.

He has been knocking on the door of success for the past few months with consistently good performances in the last two tournaments, so the stage was perfectly set for him to turn that promise into achievement.

Sarinreach got off to a confident start in the U-18 final against Junior Davis Cup player Chheang Vannasith, and never let the initiative slip to complete a 6-4,6-2 triumph.

On the way to the final, the right handed Sarinreach settled an old score by beating top ranked Sen Sophon of Kep in three hard fought sets 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, In the final of the second edition, Sophon had prevailed over Sarinreach in a long drawn out battle.

Less demanding circumstances

In the other semifinal, Vannasith overcame Michael Schipani 4-6, 6-2,6-2.The second title for Sarinreach, however, came under less demanding circumstances. Having breezed through his U-14 semifinals, Sarinreach had an easy time in the final against Sam David, winning 6-1,6-2 without extending himself at any stage.

The Boys 12 and Under final between two players from the Aspeca Orphanage, saw Sen Saukeng break his rival’s serve once in each set to take the title 6-4,6-4.

The clash between the two Junior Fed Cup members in the girls Under-18 final threw up an anti-climax of sorts with Hour Sreypov continuing her dominance over Ho Sreynoch with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Aggressive baseline play by Tippi Dalle-Grave earned her a 6-3, 6-3 win over Chhieu Apsara in the girls Under-14 final while Suong Phally defeated Chhorn Sreyvin 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in the Girls 12 and Under final.

The Tournament sponsors Hagar Restaurant and Catering provided meals for all the players during the three days of competition.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all