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Top-seeded Huang lands in semi-finals

Top-SEEDED Huang Liang-Chi of Taiwan powered his way to a 6-1, 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia for a place in the semi-finals of the $10,000 ITF Cambodian Futures for the GLF Tep Khunnah Open at the National Tennis Center yesterday.

Staying solid on his ground strokes and serving out his games with great assurance, Huang often wrong-footed the Indonesian with deft change of direction on his shots.

The 22-year-old Taiwanese right hander, who was ranked as high as world number three in his junior days is eager to finish the week on a winning note. He has two singles titles this year and if he gets to his third this Saturday, he has every chance of getting into the Australian Open qualifiers since the cut-off for the Grand Slam hopefuls is the end of this week.

In today’s last four encounter, Huang will face his fellow countryman Yi Chu-Huan, who scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over South Korea’s Nam Hyun Woo.

In the other half of the draw, second seeded Matsui Toshihide advanced to the next stage with a 7-6, 6-4 win over China’s Gao Xin. The second semi-final will be an all-Japanese affair in which Toshihide will clash with Ito Yuichi, who proved too strong and wily for Russian Alexander Igoshin.

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