Cambodian Wins ITF Doubles Event in Portugal

Wed, 21 September 2016: H S Manjunath and AFP

Cambodia’s Andrea Ka partnered German Katharina Hering to win the doubles title in the ITF women’s $10,000 Azores Open Futures 2 in the Portuguese city of Ponta Delgada last weekend.

In the hard-court final at the Clube de Tenis de Miguel, the second-seeded Ka-Hering doubles pairing easily had the measure of Desirae Krawczyk of the US and Elina Vikhryanova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.

On the way to the final, Ka and her partner ousted third seed Jazzamav Drew of Great Britain and Mia Nicole Eklund of Finland 6-2, 6-3.

In the singles main draw, however, the 24-year old Cambodian right-hander, who became the first player from the Kingdom to win an ITF singles event earlier this year, bowed out in the second round to Natalia Orlova of Russia 4-6, 6-7.

Having touched a career high ranking of 752 in the world at the start of the event, the fifth-seeded Ka, who made the semifinals in a similar event a week ago, got past the first round with ease against Claudia Franze of Italy 6-1, 6-4.

“I was a bit disappointed with my singles result but I am happy to win the doubles title and I am very determined to improve my singles ranking,” said Ka, who has amassed seven ranking points in the last three tournaments this month.

The American-born player, who first represented Cambodia in the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia and figured only in the mixed doubles then, led the Kingdom’s first ever women’s team in the 2015 Singapore edition.

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