Cambodia’s Bun Kenny pulled off one of his biggest wins on the professional circuit when he toppled top seeded Mark Verryth of Australia 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the Indonesian ITF Men’s Futures in Jakarta yesterday.
The 1408th ranked Kenny hustled and harried his 532nd ranked opponent with some sturdy strokes, often breaking his rival’s big stride. Melbourne-based Verryth, 20, who had a tough opening round against Kento Takeuchi of Japan, was forced into a bundle of unforced errors as Kenny started flitting about the court with great alacrity and purpose. As the Cambodian was growing in assurance on big points, it was seemingly draining out of the top seed.
The win gives Bun Kenny his first quarterfinal spot in a Futures event besides boosting his ATP points count which now stands at three.
“[Kenny] was unbelievably solid on court today,” national coach Braen Aneiros told The Post by phone after the match.
“He maintained a level of consistency on ground strokes which often forced his rival into impatience. Being such a hard hitter and a big server it was by no means easy for Kenny to handle the Australian, but he stayed mentally very strong knowing fully well that he was up against a player ranked several hundred places above him.”
Aneiros noted that the Cambodian No1 had been training exceptionally hard over the past three weeks and had never been in better shape, both mentally and physically.
“Most importantly he has successfully kicked out self doubt and is now confident that he can handle anyone across the net and this is very crucial on the circuit,” added the coach.
Tennis Federation of Cambodia Secretary General Tep Rithivit, meanwhile, was revelling in the “fantastic news” from Indonesia.
“This is what we have all been fervently hoping for. Big wins like this will not only bolster his own confidence, but it will enhance our image. We pray and hope that he will carry on with this good work,” added Tep Rithivit.