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South Korea’s Kim wins Futures final

Winner Cheong-Eui Kim of South Korea launches into a forehand during his match on Saturday.
Winner Cheong-Eui Kim of South Korea launches into a forehand during his match on Saturday. Sreng Meng Srun

South Korea’s Kim wins Futures final

Fifth-seeded Cheong-Eui Kim capped an unprecedented South Korean sweep of this year’s $10,000 Cambodian ITF Futures series by winning the final leg presented as the 6th Cham Prasidh Open at the National Training Center on Saturday following his compatriot Soon-Woo Kwon’s success in the first two events.

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In a 97-minute Court 1 showpiece, The 25-year-old Kim cleverly exploited top seed Ti Chen’s spotty form, stringing together a 6-3, 6-4 victory that brought him his first singles title of the year along side his two doubles triumphs.

Both players initially cut down on fast paced strokes, relying instead on heavy top-spin but as Kim began to open out and use the width of the court better than his rival, the pressure seemed to shift on Chen who was broken twice.

With the Korean holding on to his service games with confidence just one break of Chen’s serve in the second set was enough to see him past the Chinese Taipei Star, who at 208 was the highest ranked player showing in this year’s series.

This is the first time in five years that all the three legs of the series have been won by players from the same country. Apart from the three singles titles, Korean players also dominated the doubles scene winning the first and the third events.

The closing ceremony was attended by representatives from the main sponsors, GL Finance Plc and other associate sponsors, ANZ Royal Bank, RMA Cambodia and Cambodian Country Club.

Also making a special appearance was Minister for Industry and Handicrafts and President of Tennis Cambodia Cham Prasidh, who unveiled a special sign-board that depicted a recent milestone of 10,000 kids that Tennis Cambodia has reached in around 20 grassroots development programs nationwide.

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