Unheralded Yi Keavirak knocked out sixth-seeded Kan Sophon 6-2, 6-0 yesterday in the Men’s A singles second round of the 16th Tep Khunnah Memorial Cup national ranking open tennis tournament at the National Training Centre.
Using his swift court coverage to good advantage, Yi Keavirak allowed Kan Sophon few liberties, tightening his grip over the contest with every passing game.
Second seeded Orn Sambath, fresh from his bronze medal winning trip to the SEA Games in Indonesia, had an easy passage to the third round. After breezing through the first set 6-1, he jumped into a 2-1 lead in the second when his rival Yi Rithy retired from the contest for personal reasons.
In the day’s other second round matches, Lionel Lajous shut out Pros Pov 6-0, 6-3 while seventh seeded Seang Mao came out of a tough contest to sideline Thun Thola 6-4, 7-5.