Isarel’s Dekel Bar caused a huge flutter in the second round of the $10,000 ITF Cambodian Futures for the GLF Cham Prasidh Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over third seed Takuto Niki of Japan at the National Tennis Center yesterday.
The tall and athletic 21-year-old dominated his Japanese rival, breaking him once each in either set and keeping his serve safe throughout. The victory puts Bar in a quarterfinal clash with last week’s beaten finalist Karunuday Singh of India, who disposed of Taiwan’s Yi Chu-Huan 6-4, 7-6.
France’s national junior champion Johan Sebastien Tatlot avenged his semifinal defeat as the top seed last week to eventual GLF Open winner Lim Yong Kyu by beating the South Korean 6-4, 6-2 in a display of controlled aggression.
The 2012 Tep Khunnah Cup winner Robin Kern of Germany, who exited early last week, progressed with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Taiwan’s Wang Chieu-Fu.
Meanwhile, the tournament’s top seed from Taiwan, Yang Tsung-hua, and his fellow countryman and second seed Huang Liang-Chi breezed through to the last eight. Yang got past China’s Zhaoyi Cao 6-3, 6-0, and Huang was equally impressive in his 6-3, 6-1 win over Masato Shiga of Japan.
South Korea’s Lee Duck Hee survived a three setter against China’s Ouyang Bowen 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 even as fellow Korean Dylan Seong-Kwan Kim sent out Timur Khabibulah of Kazakhstan 7-6, 6-1.