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Tep Khunnah Cup: Thais sweep ITF junior singles titles

Tep Khunnah Cup: Thais sweep ITF junior singles titles

After going through the qualifying grind last week, Thailand’s Pawit Sornlaksup was enjoying the fruits of his hard work on Saturday after winning the boys singles title in the Tep Khunnah Memorial Cup ITF Junior Championship at the National Training Center.

With some of the hot contenders cleaned out of the main draw at various stages, the stage was set for Pawit’s biggest moment of his career so far. In a match of wits and some intense court craft, Pawit overcame a first-set loss to beat eighth seed Ethan Lye of Singapore 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to claim his maiden success.

Earlier, Pawit teamed up with compatriot Noppadol Noikor to take the boys doubles title.

The Thai pair were all over Korean partners Kim Do-hyun and Yu Jin-seok, 6-1, 6-3.

Thailand’s dominance of the week continued with top-seeded Supapitch Kuearium winning the girls singles final against 13-year-old Ya Yi Yang of Chinese Taipei 6-2, 6-0.

Indonesian pair Putri Insani and Samantha Nanere won the girls doubles beating Koreans Kim Gyeong-hui and Lee Ji-youn 6-2, 6-7, 11-9 via a match tie-break.

The event was dedicated to the memory of 1960s Cambodian tennis legend, the late Tep Khunnah.

Since 1995, the Khunnah legacy has been honoured every year on court with a designated major event to celebrate his extraordinary tennis life.

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