Vietnam Open 2017: Ly Hoang Nam defeated in first round
Wednesday, 2017-10-25 04:55:12
NDO – Vietnam’s no. 1 tennis player, Ly Hoang Nam, had to bid an early farewell to the men’s singles campaign at the ongoing Vietnam Open 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, after succumbing to a 0-2 loss to Go Soeda of Japan in the first round, on October 24.
With the home advantage, Nam started the match strongly, winning the first game for a 1-0 lead.
However, Soeda promptly demonstrated the power of the former world no. 50 and the seed no. 5 by scoring five consecutive points to lead 5-1.
Nam managed to reduce the gap to 4-5 before conceding the first set with a score of 4-6.
In the second set, the Vietnamese star showed signs of declining physical strength, with his shots no longer possessing the same level of difficulty and accuracy as earlier.
Despite concerted efforts, he suffered a rapid 1-6 defeat to the Japanese opponent, thus bidding farewell to the men’s singles competition.
Tonight, Nam and his Indian partner, Sumit Nagal, will play their opening match of the doubles category.
Two other Vietnamese representatives, Trinh Linh Giang and Trinh Minh Tuan, also failed to advance in the singles tournament, succumbing to respective 1-2 (6-4, 0-6, 2-6) and 0-2 (5-7, 3-6) defeats to Marinko Matosevic of Australia and Robert Stephane from France.
The Vietnam Open 2017 is part of the 2017 ATP Challenger Tour, offering a total cash prize of up to US$50,000 and 90 ATP rating points for the champions in both the singles and doubles categories.
The tournament has brought together 32 competitors, including 26 main draw entrants and six wildcard earners, among whom are the former Junior Grand Slam champions, Taylor Fritz from the US (world no. 99, seed no. 1), Yuki Bhambri from India (world no. 146, seed no. 4) and Max Purcell; former world no. 8, Mikhail Youzhny from Russia (world no. 126, seed no. 2) and the 2015 Vietnam Open winner, Saketh Myneni.