Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Japanese players dominate ITTF tournament



Japanese players dominate ITTF tournament

Seita Watanabe of Japan steps into a backhand return against Yuttana Charoenphon of Thailand. Photo supplied
Seita Watanabe of Japan steps into a backhand return against Yuttana Charoenphon of Thailand. Photo supplied

Japanese players dominate ITTF tournament

Japanese players swept both the boys and girls singles titles in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament at the National Training Center yesterday.

Seita Watanabe lived up to his top seeding and impressive world ranking of 160 as he outgunned unseeded Yuttana Charoenphon of Thailand 6-2,6-2 in the boys final

In the semifinals, Watanabe outsted Kasidit Samrej of Thailand 6-3,6-2, while Charoenphon put out Nikita Volonski of Australia 7-5,6-2

In an apparent change of tactics, the solid baseliner that he is, Watanabe chose to be more aggressive thus completely putting his Thai rival out of stride

Earlier in the boys doubles final, Watanabe partnered Christian Didier Chin of Malaysia to down the Australian pair of Nikita Volonsky and Thomas Hann 3-6,7-5,10-5

The No1 seed Rina Saigo staged a superb three-set come back 6-2,3-6,6-3 against

compatriot Yuki Ando to reverse last week’s outcome.in the girls final

On the way up, Saigo was given a stiff fight by Thailand’s Punnin Kovapitukted before winning 7-6,6-2. Yuki Ando was unforgiving in her 6-0,6-0 blast of her compatriot Saki Oyama

Representatives from the three joint sponsors, Mellissa Garcia of ABA Bank, Mona

Tep of Pharmacie De La Gare and Selcuk of Zaman International Schoo presented the trophies to the finalists and winners.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese