Bun Kenny (left) hits a return to Timo Sivapruksa of Thailand during their Super Singles final yesterday of the Tep Khunnah Memorial tennis tournament at the National Training Centre. The Cambodian No1 swept past his visiting opponent 6-2, 6-1 to clinch the title. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
Cambodia’s top ranked tennis player Bun Kenny elicited numerous errors from Thailand’s Timo Sivapruksa and exploited them fully to win the Super Singles final of the Tep Khunnah Memorial tournament 6-2, 6-1 at the National Training Centre yesterday.
With an occasional advance to the net, Bun Kenny kept the Thai junior guessing most of the time by frequently changing the flanks. In both sets, he broke through early and maintained the momentum to wrap up the contest in little over an hour.
Earlier, national team member Orn Sambath was listless in the men’s singles final when encountering a steady stream of good strokes from Ek Chamroeun, who completed a resounding 6-1, 6-0 victory.
However, Sambath was in a totally different mode when he played the U18 singles final against Kan Sophon. The Asian Games participant packed too many punches for Kan Sophon’s comfort, winning it 6-3, 6-2.
Moni Odam is best boy
The boys U14 singles final yesterday developed into an intense struggle between Saman Moni Odam and Touch Sophearath. After the first two sets were shared, Moni Odam came into his own in the third to polish off the tie at 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
The men’s over-45 singles went as expected to Sok Oun, who prevailed 9-4 over Yi Sarin, who is the younger brother of the oldest active player in the Kingdom, Yi Sarun.
The men’s doubles event was won by Long Samneang and Orn Sambath, the pair beating Ek Chamroeun and Seang Mao in a super tie-break 10-5 after sharing the first two sets at an identical 6-3.