9:00 AM: Ho Sreynoch played against the 3rd seeded Malaysian, Sara Nayar, but went down 6-0 6-2. Sara, a tall lanky right-handed player found it too easy to attack Ho Sreynoch’s cautiously hit serves. Sara also took advantage of Sreynoch’s returns, which were shortly placed due to Sara’s pace and serve placement. Considering that Sara is a seasoned ITF Junior Player, it was not such a bad showing for the 14 year old from Sunrise Childrens Village.
10:30 AM: Hour Sreypov took on 4th seeded player in the 16 & Under Divisino, Satoko Sueno, and lost 6-0 6-0. Sueno, not having a very big and powerful build, had big and powerful strokes off the baseline. The Japanese ran Sreypov left and right when she was not hitting clean winners from the baseline. All Sreypov could do was watch since she did not have the firepower, strength or speed to counter Satoko’s aggressive baseline game.
12:00 PM: Ho Sreynoch’s 2nd and final match in the Group Evert Pool of the 14 & Under Draw was up against Punnin Kovapituked of Thailand, and although Punnin was not as strong as Sreynoch’s first round opponent Nayar, Sreynoch was still not able to win a game off the Thai player, losing 6-0 6-0.
1:30 PM: Hour Sreypov faced Mahika Rana of Nepal in her 2nd and final match in the Group Bartoli Pool of the 16 & Under Draw. Sreypov lost to Mahika 6-0 6-1. Despite the scoreline, Sreypov played a much more energetic match, displaying footwork, smarts, and fire that was missing in the first match. It was great to see the improvement from the first match to the second. It shows that she really wants to learn and will try anything to get better and better.
Though it was a very tough day on the court for the girls, suffering two losses each and not earning a spot into the main draw for their respective age categories tomorrow, they were granted a very nice treat to finish the day. Mark Clemente, the Senior Events Coordinator of the WTA Finals, was able to get our team as well as a few other players and coaches into the practice courts in OCBC Arena to watch Agnieszka Radwanska practice! It was a great thing to be able to watch one of the top players in the world practicing before her Sunday start to the WTA Finals!