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Hour Srey Pov extends junior winning streak

Hour Srey Pov (right) and Daria Rakiting contested the Girls U12 tournament final at the National Tennis Centre on Sunday
Hour Srey Pov (right) and Daria Rakiting contested the Girls U12 tournament final at the National Tennis Centre on Sunday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Hour Srey Pov extends junior winning streak

Quick on her feet and amazingly consistent with her ground strokes, Hour Srey Pov’s light frame belies her tennis promise.

At the National Training Centre on Sunday, Srey Pov raced away to a 4-1, 4-2 win over Daria Rakiting to win the Girls U12 title in a junior ranking tournament and keep her unbeaten record through the year intact.

Both the finalists had it easy on the way to the final. While Srey Pov beat Hour Srey Nuch 4-0, 4-0, Rakiting had an identical score-line against Kim Vicheka.

After a determined fightback midway through the match, Ith Leakana ran out of steam towards the closing stages in the girls U14 final, which went in favour of the consistent Cheng Channeang who completed a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 win.

Channeang and Leakana had made it to the final after finishing with the best records in the round robin stage.

Tep Timothy, grandson of the legendary Tep Khunnah and son of Cambodia’s non-playing captain Tep Rithivit, found his way back to winning form by picking up the Boys U14 singles title. Timothy beat Chen Sophors 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Timothy had beaten Seoun Sothol 6-4, 6-1 in the first semi-final, while Sophors had beaten Sreum Kakada 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the other semi-final.

The Boys U12 title went to Sen Sophon, who outlasted Khlang Ponlok 4-1, 4-5, 5-3.

In the semi-finals, Khlang Ponlok beat Leng Sarinreach 4-0, 2-4, 5-3 while Sen Sophon breezed past Sreoum Tola 4-2, 4-2.

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