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Kenny makes second- round exit in Jakarta

Kenny makes second- round exit in Jakarta

Second seed Kento Takeuchi of Japan won a battle of endurance 7-5, 6-4 to send Cambodia’s Bun Kenny packing from the second round of the US$15,000 ITF Men’s Futures at the Kemoyaran Tennis Centre in Jakarta yesterday.

The Cambodian Davis Cup pivot fought on a level footing in both sets, but the circuit-hardened Takeuchi played the points that mattered better in a contest consuming close to two hours.

The only consolation for Bun Kenny was that he could scoop up his fifth ATP point of the year for a career total of nine when he brushed aside Indonesia’s wild-card entry Riski Baqus Saputhra 6-2, 6-1 in the first round on Wednesday.

The Cambodian right-hander, who has jumped nearly 200 places in his rankings over the past six months to his current 1,046th, was never really tested on the court.

The Indonesian found Kenny’s accuracy and timing too hot to handle in a contest that lasted less than an hour.

The victory helped Kenny improve his pro circuit win-loss record in 2012 to 10-8.

Meanwhile, Cambodia’s Orn Sambath, who was Bun Kenny’s team-mate at the Asian Games in Guangzhou and SEA Games in Indonesia, made an inglorious exit, beaten 6-0, 6-0 by American Austin Karosi in the second round of qualifiers at the beginning of the week.

To contact the reporter on this story: H S Manjunath at [email protected]


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