Local tennis ace wins Tanimex Cup

Vietnam’s top tennis player Do Minh Quan won single’s title of the Open National Men’s Tennis Championships, the 2009 Tanimex Cup, on Sunday in Ho Chi City, while the doubles’ trophy went to two Indonesians.

Do Minh Quan takes the singles’ trophy on April 19 in Ho Chi Minh City

First-seeded Quan of Ho Chi Minh City-based Tanimex Company beat Le Quoc Khanh, also of Vietnam, 6-1 in the first set of the final. Then, Khanh suffered from a leg injury and gave up competition.

Champion Quan received US$2,500 for his title, and runner-up Khanh pocketed US$1,700.

Later the same day, the two Vietnamese played Indonesia’s Andrean Raturandang and Hendri Susilo Pramono in the doubles’ final. The Indonesians took the lead after winning the first set 6-4, and that was also the score of the second set, but it was for the local rackets.

This result meant the last set was a tie break. The Indonesians took the lead at 9-6 but the locals managed to reduce to 8-9. However, Raturandang and Susilo finished the set at 10-8, taking the trophy and a cash prize of US$1,500.

This year’s Tanimex Cup started on April 15 with the participation of 28 Vietnamese players and 11 from Cambodia, Laos, Indonesian, Malaysia and Thailand. It was organized by the Vietnam Tennis Federation, Ho Chi Minh City Tennis Federation, Tan Binh Import Export Corporation (Tanimex), and the Tan Binh District Sports and Culture Center.

An amateur competition was also held in tandem with the championships for only Vietnamese.

By Tuong Thuy

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