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Bun Kenny fires in India

Bun Kenny fires in India

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Local talent Bun Kenny has qualified for the main draw of the Indian F1 Futures tournament after beating fifth seeded Kaza Vinayak Sharma of India 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round of the qualifiers on Sunday. Bun Kenny now faces Yuki Bhambri today. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Cambodian tennis star Bun Kenny pulled off an upset of sorts on Sunday when he bounced back from a first set loss to knock out fifth seeded Kaza Vinayak Sharma of India in the second round of the men’s singles qualifiers of the Indian F1 Futures in Mumbai.

It was a sweet revenge for the Cambodian who has twice lost to the Indian in the last eight months. Bun Kenny’s splendid rearguard helped him to a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory and a place in the 32-player main draw.

In a repeat of the Cambodian F2 Futures first round match-up, Bun Kenny will today cross paths with  India’s most versatile junior, Yuki Bhambri ,who was a member his nation’s Davis Cup squad that played Serbia earlier this month.

A former winner of the Australian Open junior event, Bhambri proved too strong and wily for Kenny when they last met in the first week of February at Phnom Penh’s National Training Centre, with the visitor cruising home for the loss of just two games.

“It is a tough first round for Bun Kenny in Mumbai,” said Cambodian national team head coach Braen Aneiros. “Yuki Bhambri is highly talented and Kenny’s best shot is for him to play at his best and hope Bhambri to play below his.

“Bun Kenny has come on a lot in the last few months, and to have beaten a tough player like Kaza Vinayak Sharma on his home turf after losing to him twice – first at Malaysia in June and again at Bangkok in August – is quite a remarkable turnaround,” the coach added.

Regardless of the result today, Bun Kenny will travel to Calcutta next week for the Indian F2 Futures qualifiers. Meanwhile, two-time SEA Games bronze medallist Tan Nysan is scheduled to travel with coach Aneiros to Thailand on March 24 for two Futures events.

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