Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kenny turns up trumps in KL

Kenny turns up trumps in KL

Cambodia's Bun Kenny won the first leg of the 2014 BMW Malaysian National Tennis Circuit
Cambodia's Bun Kenny won the first leg of the 2014 BMW Malaysian National Tennis Circuit yesterday, beating Muhammad Ashaari Zainal Abidin in the final. Sreng Meng Srun

Kenny turns up trumps in KL

Cambodia’s top player Bun Kenny won the first leg of the BMW Malaysian National Tennis Circuit 2014 in Kuala Lumpur after beating local hope Muhammad Ashaari Zainal Abidin 6-4, 6-2 in yesterday’s final.

The 22-year-old right hander, who played a pivotal role in Cambodia retaining their Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group III status in Dubai in September last year, was off to a sedate start, going 2-4 down in the first set, but pulled himself up to get a firm grip on the match.

As the momentum shifted his way, Kenny was unsparing in the second set and quickly wrapped up the contest to complete his first major triumph on the road since he won the 2011 Tanimex Cup in Vietnam.

“When I was trailing 2-4, I just told myself that I needed to be much more bolder and positive in my approach and play to my strengths. I took one game at a time and I could turn the whole match around,” Bun Kenny told the Post after his victory.

“It is a great feeling going into the season on this winning note. I have to thank Tennis Cambodia and secretary general Tep Rithivit for imposing so much faith in me and giving me such opportunities to go out and play. I am also thankful to coach Braen Aneiros and other members of his staff for the excellent training I have had.”

Tep Rithivit said: “One good day wipes out the bad memories of the whole month. It is something like that for me today.

“We all know [Kenny] has been working hard. His Davis Cup results have always been good, but his circuit record was somewhat patchy in the last 18 months. I am very happy for him. A remarkable turnaround for Cambodian tennis.

“Now that he has this huge win behind him, I am sure he will do well this season. On behalf of the federation I would like to thank Vittel, who sponsored Kenny on this trip and will support our national team in tournaments abroad except the SEA Games and Davis Cup,” he added.

Kenny returned to Phnom Penh yesterday to a warm reception from the city’s tennis community. He is likely to head to India next for two or three futures events there in March before turning his sights on the forthcoming Davis Cup campaign some time in April.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

    Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a

  • EBA withdrawal provides ‘opportunity for growth’

    Economic analyst Khoun Bunny said on Tuesday that the loss of the EU’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement could be a golden opportunity for Cambodia to show it deserved to be ranked sixth on the list of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Government

  • Malaysia MP accused of ‘influencing law’

    Malaysian Member of Parliament (MP) Larry Sng arrived in Siem Reap early on Wednesday, in what was slammed by one NGO as efforts by Kuala Lumpur to “influence Cambodian law”. The Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh requested on January 30 “cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign

  • Ministries begin measures to offset EU’s EBA decision

    In the wake of the EU’s controversial announcement this week that it has begun the withdrawal process for Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential agreement, government ministries and political analysts continued to share their reactions and economic mitigation plans in preparation for the