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Bun Kenny bows out in third Bangkok tennis Futures event

Bun Kenny bows out in third Bangkok tennis Futures event

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Bun Kenny picked up an ATP point in each of his three Futures events in Bangkok over the past weeks. Photograph: Sren Meng Srun/Phnom Penh Post

Chinese left-hander Bowen Ouyang ousted Cambodia's Bun Kenny 6-1, 6-1, in the second round of the 3rd Thailand ITF Men's Futures at the Rama Garden Sports Complex in Bangkok this morning.

Ouyang, who turned 21 four days ago and ranked 758th in the world, was decidedly the more aggressive of the two on court and proved ruthlessly efficient on pressure points.

Up to a certain stage in both the sets, Cambodian Davis Cup pivot Kenny managed to stay on level terms, but Ouyang played the percentage so well that he often turned the tables squarely on his rival.

Having lost this close call and a chance to make his first Futures quarterfinals, 21-year-old Bun Kenny has to remain content with another valuable ATP point for his first round victory yesterday against lucky loser Scott Puodziunas of Australia 6-3, 6-1.

The Australian, who stepped into the main draw as a last minute replacement for injured Richard Becker of Germany, found the going against Kenny real tough as the Cambodian right-hander seized early initiative in both sets.

“Mentally I was prepared for Richard Becker, who had beaten me in the second round last week. I was looking for a turnaround. That sharp focus probably helped me in dealing with my Australian rival,” Kenny told the Post after his first round victory

“Overall this is the best set of results for me on the tour. On one hand, I am disappointed I lost in the second round twice. But I am happy I picked up a point in each one of the three to take my tally to eight.”

The Cambodian number one is eager to see whether cracks the top 1,000 from his current 1,147th on the ratings list next week following his three-point push in Bangkok.

To contact the reporter on this story: H S Manjunath at [email protected]

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