Kenny knocked out of Singha Bangkok Open
Cambodia’s Bun Kenny was knocked out of the Singha Bangkok Open by third seed Nuttanon Kadchapanan of Thailand in the first round at the Impact Tennis Academy yesterday.
The 1,213th ranked Kadchapanan dropped serve once in the first set but quickly recovered with a break back to take control of his rival, who managed to stave off several break points to hold until 5-4.
At 30-all Kenny double-faulted to give the Thai his first set point and Kadchapanan greeted it with a stunning forehand winner.
The more aggressive Kadchapanan took more risks in the second set and Kenny was not able to deal with the change of tactics.
Super tie-break win Kenny hits main draw in Bangkok
Cambodia’s top player Bun Kenny made it into the main draw of the Singha Bangkok Open yesterday after bouncing back from a set down to beat Nattasit Koonsuwan of Thailand 2-6, 7-6 and 10-5 (super tie-break) in the final round of the qualifiers at the Impact Tennis Academy.
The 26-year-old Kenny, who will spearhead the Kingdom’s Group III Asia-Oceania Davis Cup campaign in Tehran in July, was completely outpaced by his Thai rival in the first set.
But Kenny took a different strategy in the second, not allowing the pressure to get to him. Instead he went for his shots and kept his nerve on the big points to force a tie-break, which he won with ease.
Going into the 10-point super tie-break, Kenny was clearly the better player on court as he steadily wore down his opponent.
Meanwhile, it was the end of the road for Long Samneang who tamely went down 1-6, 0-6 to Suppawit Apitanawit of Thailand, whose consistency on ground strokes the Cambodian simply couldn’t match.
In the doubles qualifiers, Phalkun Mam and Long Samneang got past the first round, beating Tos Puengrasamee and Warit Boonrak 6-0, 6-3.