Phalkun Falls to Doubles Partner at Futures

Cambodia’s Davis Cupper Phalkun Mam went down without a whimper to his doubles partner Francis Casey Alcantara of the Philippines 3-6,1-6 in the first round of the $10,000 ITF Men’s Futures presented as the GLF Open at the National Training Center yesterday.

In a clash of wild cards that lasted little less than an hour, Phalkun was weighed down by five double faults and several unforced errors on pressure points as the Filipino remained steady, knocking in 25 of the 27 points on his first serve backed up by a cent per cent result on his second deliveries.

While the only Cambodian player to figure in the 32 player draw this week chalked up a lowly 50 per cent success on his service games, Alcantara won all eight of his own to illustrate the dominance he held over his rival.

Games went with serves in the first six before Alcantara broke through to love in the seventh.

From there, Phalkun began to balk on his ground strokes quickly sliding downhill in the second.

On an adjacent court, Niesten Miliaan of the Netherlands sent out Chinese Taipei’s Yu Tsiang Chiu 6-4,6-3, the two spending an hour and 43 minutes of play time Eighth seeded Cheng-Yu Yu of Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) cruised past fellow countryman Li Wei Tan 6-3,6-2 in a little over an hour.

Elsewhere in a long card of 12 matches for the day, two South Korean players went into the winners circle.

Jae Hwan-kim was taken to a first set tie break by Pavel Tsoy of Uzbekistan before the Korean mercilessly closed out with a love set to record a contrasting 7-6,6-0 win.

However, it was a different story with Ji Hoon-son, who needed three sets to quell a strong challenge from Mico Santiago of the United States 6-4,1-6,6-2.

In other matches, Tung-Lin Wu of Chinese Taipei defeated Ren Nakamura of Japan 6-1,3-6,6-1 in a 100-minute battle of wits.

Nicolas Ferrando of Argentina was stretched to the full by Chinese Taipei’s Hsin Lin before coming out on top 6-4,6-3.

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