Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Bun Kenny misses out on prized qualification

Bun Kenny misses out on prized qualification

Bun Kenny misses out on prized qualification

Local tennis star Bun Kenny met with mixed fortunes when he made his international debut in the qualifying rounds of the Malaysian leg of the Men’s Circuit Futures tournament at the weekend. The Cambodian No 2 had turned in a gutsy performance to topple Michael Leong of the Solomon Islands 6-3, 6-2 Sunday in the second round, after breezing through Saturday’s first round against local lad Than Khaihong without dropping a game.

However, in his third round tie Monday against India’s Vinayak Sharma, Bun Kenny was blown away by the player ranked 1,412 in the world, losing 6-0, 6-2.

“The scoreline does not accurately reflect Kenny’s very good performance in the third round,” expressed Cambodian national team coach Braen Aneiros, who accompanied Bun Kenny in Kuala Lumpur. “A win here would have given him a place in the main draw.

“He had many game or break points during the match, stayed in the rallies quite well and forced the Indian, who was getting visibly tired towards the end of the match, to earn his points,” asserted the coach. “Overall it was a creditable performance by Kenny considering the fact that this was his first international tournament.”

Aneiros said Bun Kenny’s lack of experience showed on several big points. “Now he knows what the pressure points are, and I hope he will be seen in a different light next week when he gets into another Futures qualifiers.”

A win in the first round of a main draw gives unranked players a chance to get into the ATP ranking list, a target the Cambodian has set his sights firmly on this year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from