After his impressive debut for Cambodia in the recent SEA Games in Singapore, French-born teenager Delton Sophana Kim has got off to a good start on the ITF Junior Circuit by entering the second round of the Grade 4 event in Thailand.
The soon-to-be-16 Kim will today face India’s Somani Parikshit, who as No14 seed in the 64-player draw received a bye in the first round.
Victory for Delton will give him his first World Junior ranking point.
The Cambodian right-hander, who was recruited to the national team just before the country’s successful defence of the Davis Cup Group III status in Malaysia earlier this year, got past Thailand’s Nithithananont Natthayut 6-3, 0-6, 6-0 in the first round yesterday.
Earlier in the qualifying stage to which he got a wild card entry, Delton jumped over two tough fences before landing safely in the main draw.
Meanwhile, Delton’s travel-mate Chheang Vannasak made a first round exit after going down 2-6, 6-1, 4-6 to Mirault Kann of Thailand.