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Cheng Yu Yu stays strong in tough contest

Roy Hobbs of Singapore plays a shot in his match with Kim Seong-kwan of South Korea at the National Training Center yesterday.
Roy Hobbs of Singapore plays a shot in his match with Kim Seong-kwan of South Korea at the National Training Center yesterday. Sreng Meng Srun

Cheng Yu Yu stays strong in tough contest

The opening day of the third and final leg of the $10,000 Cambodian ITF Futures Series, presented as the Cham Prasidh Open after the Cambodian Minister of Industry and Handicrafts saw 20-year-old Cheng Yu Yu of Chinese Taipei outlast Chung Hong of South Korea 6-4, 7-5 in a contest spread over 102 minutes at the National Training Center yesterday.

Firing 11 aces to his rival’s two, Cheng dropped serve only once during the match and coupled with this strong aspect of his game, the Korean was a tenacious fighter all the way.

In the wake of Kwon Soon-woo’s back-to-back successes, the Korean contingent is on a high, and two of the nearly dozen on this tour got off to winning starts.

Qualifier Kim Seong-kwan sidelined Roy Hobbs of Singapore 6-3, 6-2 in a shade over an hour, while fellow Korean Cho Min-hyeok got past Kuan Yi Lee of Chinese Taipei 6-1, 6-3.

There was some drama when second seed Yannick Jankovits of France spent just 20 minutes on the court with Bowen Ouyang of China at the opposite end.

In that short span of time both had served out an ace each and traded breaks. But at 4-3 to the Frenchman, Ouyang was apparently in some physical discomfort and pulled out of the match.

Ouyang, who was seeded at the top with his partner Gao Xin, later scratched out of his doubles match, handing a free pass to the next round to American-Cambodian Vidith Huot and his Filipino partner, Jeson Patrombon.

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