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Young tennis stars book finals berths

Bursting through the ranks, Sary Sadaney emerged as a likely third force in U12 girls’ tennis after setting up a final showdown for the 2011 Cambodian Open title with one of the top-notchers, Tie Heng May, at the National Training Centre yesterday.

Having beaten for the first time another elite performer, Kim Dara, 4-0, 5-3 in the last match of the five-player league to head Group A, Sary Sadaney proved too good for Seoun Sowanary, winning her semifinal 4-0, 4-0.

In the other semifinal, Tie Heng May had to dig deep into her reserves to get the measure of her nemesis, Kim Dara.

This contest of wits and earned points between two players who have been in the final of four of the last five events went in favour of Tie Heng May 4-2, 2-4, 2-4 after an hour’s battle.

The Sadaney-Heng May fin-al is slated for 9am tomorrow.

The boys’ U14 singles event took a predictable route yesterday as Doeum Sambath and Chheang Vannasak, who topped their respective groups with unbeaten rec-ords, marched into the final without much exertion.

While Doeum Sambath easily got past Yi Chansarith 6-2, 6-1, Chheang Vannasak took Seoun Sothon in his stride 6-1, 6-0.

The Sambath-Vannasak title clash is set for 9am today.

National team player Orn Sambath touched his fiery best in edging out former national team-mate Ek Chamroeun 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a cruc-ial Group B clash.

Meanwhile, Tep Rithivit blew up a 5-2 lead in the deciding set to go down 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 to sixth-seeded Long Chumneth in the second round of the men’s B singles division, where the biggest upset of the day was authored by unseeded Neang Thearith, who put out third- seeded Mean Savan 6-3, 6-4.

In other second-round matches of the men’s B competition, fifth-seeded Pel Vanna proved too strong for Cambodia’s golden oldie Yi Sarun, winning 6-3, 6-2.

The 65-year old Sarun, ar-guably the oldest active tennis player in the Kingdom, was up and running with his far younger opponent in both sets before running out of steam.

Un Florian, meanwhile, found an easy third-round passage with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Touch Sothearoth.

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