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Tep Khunnah tourney sees thrills and spills

Vietnamese juniors met with mixed fortunes in the U18 boys singles as the Tep Khunnah Memorial tennis tournament entered the third day at the National Training Centre yesterday.

For visiting Vietnamese lad Le Man, consistency proved a vital factor in his comfortable 6-0, 6-2 victory over local player Veng Chav. Puting the width of the court to good use, Le Man built up a winning momentum and never allowed Veng Chav the space or the pace to get back into the match.

But for another Vietnamese hope, Tran Duc Trung, the going was real tough as the smooth stroking local talent Touch Sothearoth built up winning leads in both the sets to march out a 6-3, 6-2 winner.

For Long Samneang, who is in the reckoning for a secure place in the national junior team, it was a stroll in the park as he left Our Sarith clueless with a 6-0, 6-0 drubbing in their U18 singles match yesterday.

All the seeded players in the men’s singles competition had easy passages to stiffer rounds ahead. Notable winners during the first two days of the event over the weekend were Asian Games participant Orn Sambath and Cambodian Open semifinalist Peter Lucas.

The much publicised Super Six men’s singles round robin, involving national team members Orn Sambath and Bun Kenny along with four other invitees from neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam, will start tomorrow with the final slated for Sunday.

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