10 Cambodian Juniors Compete in Qualifying of Week 1

Although all our Cambodian players, 9 boys and 1 girl, were defeated in Saturday’s qualifying matches, all hope was not lost as we had a few good match-ups. It was also nice to see the Cambodian entries rise from 7 players in last October’s event to 10 total players in the first week of competition.

One of the first losses of the day went to Sam Davith from Koh Krabey, who went down to Joshua GUNAWAN of Indonesia 6-0 6-2. Despite the quick first set, Davith was able to use his forehand more strategically in the 2nd set to muster enough points to earn himself two games.

Leap Sovannary lost to Phuwish LEE by a score of 6-0 6-0. Ry has been training a lot and we thought he deserved a chance to receive a wildcard to test his game, but his Thai opponent was far too advanced for him to win even a single game.

Japan’s Atsushi SHIBASAKI beat Sen Sophon 6-2 6-0, Kep’s #1 player from Aspeca Orphanage. Sophon was able to rally with Atsushi, but the Japanese lefty was much intent on just rallying and controlled most of the points in the match.

Chheang Vannasith fell to Malaysia’s AHMAD FARID, Danial 6-1 6-0 in a match that left the Khmer junior feeling a little disappointed with his game. Danial is a big hitter and never really gave Vannasith a chance to get any feel or rhythm.

Tep Timothy matched up against Japan’s Kyosuke KIUCHI, and lost 6-2 6-4. Although Timothy did not play outstanding tennis, he fought and made his Japanese counterpart work to beat him in the end, pushing the 2nd set a little further than in the first.

For the boys from Siem Reap, both only having played tennis for 2 years, suffered quick defeats, as their opponents probably have nearly 10 more years of experience than them, and both boys, Van Sear and Ye Kim Hoy, were unable to get a game. Van Sear lost to Matthew Garcia of the Philippines, and Kim Hoy lost to LE Khang Trung from Vietnam. Hope to see the Siem Reap boys back for the 2nd week of competition starting on Saturday the 18th.

Ho Sreynoch, appearing in her 2nd ITF Junior tournament, lost to Thailand’s Pimrada JATTAVAPORNVANIT. The Thai lefty defeated Sreynoch 6-0 6-0. This was a tough match-up for Sreynoch as she has been working hard. What made it even more difficult was that Sreynoch doesn’t have a lot of experience against leftys, leaving her a little inexperienced with the different spins and directions.

Last but not least, the 14 year old Khmer from Phnom Penh, Leng Sarinreach battled against TU Nhut Ngoc from Vietnam, but in the end fell by the score of 7-5 6-3. Reach played well and frustrated the Vietnamese player, but in the end the experience set in and Reach was not able to keep up level to push the 2nd as far as the first set.

Doubles begin today for the Boy’s, Chheang Vannasith will play against the #2 seeds, Ali MOORAJ of Pakistan, and Diego Garcia Dalisay of the Philippines, and also last year’s Boys Singles Champion in October.

Tep Timothy and Leng Sarinreach will face a Korean pair in Wonseok LEE and and Joonhee YOON. Both Boy’s Doubles matches will play the 5th match, most likely not beginning before 2pm.

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