Third seeded Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia showed no mercy on his tennis friend Bun Kenny, blasting out a 6-1, 6-1 win over the Cambodian right hander yesterday in the first round of the third ITF Futures event in Jakarta.
The 516th world ranked Rungkat, who claimed both singles titles in front of his home crowd in the first two legs, had it easy all the way as a fast tiring Kenny fell unexpectedly flat.
“He could hardly do anything right – he just cracked up,” national coach Braen Aneiros told The Post by phone after the match.
It was a disappointing end to Kenny’s three-week stay in the Indonesian capital during which he recorded a quarterfinal berth in the first leg before opening round exits in the next two.
“Overall it was a good trip for Kenny. He scored a significant second round win over the top seed Mark Verryth in the first leg, went down fighting to China’s Wan Gao in the second, and yesterday’s loss to Rungkat was a little bit out of line with the form he had shown earlier,” added Aneiros.
Going into the triple-event series with two ATP points and an official ranking of 1408th, Bun Kenny managed to collect two more points in the first leg to improve his ranking to 1187th.
“We would have been happy with a better showing against Rungkat, but mind you Kenny started the year ranked 1501st, and for him to have improved nearly 300 places in the first five months is very encouraging,” said Tennis Federation Secretary General Tep Rithivit. “We want him to break that 1000 barrier by the time he is back in Indonesia for the SEA Games [in November].”