Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Samneang wilts after good start

Samneang wilts after good start

Samneang wilts after good start

Cambodian tennis player Long Samneang missed out on a place in the main draw of an ITF juniors tournament by losing to Indonesia’s Susanto Hendrawan yesterday in Indonesia. Photograph: Sreng Meng Srun/Phnom Penh Post

Inexperience cost Cambodia’s 17-year-old Long Samneang a place in the main draw of the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament in the Indonesian city of Surabaya yesterday.

Long Samneang, who was the youngest member of the Kingdom’s Davis Cup mission to Doha in April, raced away with the first set for the loss of just one game.

But he began to balk midway through the second and was out of sorts in the third to go down 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Indonesia’s Susanto Hendrawan in the third and final round of the qualifiers.

“Samneang drifted away from a good position. Inexperience told in the end, though he put up a stiff fight all the way,” Cambodia’s national team coach Braen Aneiros said in his analysis of the match.

“He can take a lot of positives from this week to the next.”

Appearing in his first big tournament since the Group IV campaign in Doha, Samneang posted an impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory over Indonesia’s Ferdy Setiawan in the second round on Sunday after drawing a first round bye.

“It is very important for us in the team-building process that every member goes out and grabs this kind of competitive experience,” Tennis Federation of Cambodia secretary-general Tep Rithivit said yesterday.

“Long Samneang did not get much of a chance to play live rubbers in our Davis Cup show, but I am sure his time will come. Now that he is out on his own, it is a good opportunity for him to make that move and show what he is capable of.”

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


  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • NOCC to contest petanque, tennis axe

    The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia will lobby hard over the next few weeks for the inclusion of the Kingdom’s most productive medal-earning sport, petanque, along with vovinam and tennis after the disciplines were left out of the initial list of 30 preferred sports for