Leading players advance at Viet Nam Masters
There were no surprises in the second round of the Viet Nam Masters tennis tournament yesterday in HCM City, with the stronger players all progressing to the next round.
National championship runner-up Nguyen Hoang Thien of HCM City had no difficulty in beating overseas Vietnamese Vu Aterm of the Military team 6-2, 6-1.
The Military team's Ho Huynh Dan Mach came from behind to overcome Lam Quang Tri of Ca Mau before Tri had to retire with an injury.
Tran Hoang Anh Khoa trounced Military teammate Le Cong Tien 6-3, 6-2.
Ha Noi's Trinh Linh Giang was also leading rising star Nguyen Dac Tien 6-2, 3-0, before the teenager withdrew from injury.
In the main round, Thien and Khoan will play in Group A where they will meet wildcard holders former national champion Do Minh Quan (HCM City) and Pham Minh Tuan (Da Nang). In Group B, Mach and Giang will face Le Quoc Khanh (HCM City) and Tran Thanh Hoang (Military).
In the women's event, Huynh Phi Khanh overpowered Dao Minh Trang 7-6, 6-3 in an all HCM City match in Group A, while Tran Thi Tam Hao beat Tran Thi Thanh Thanh of Tay Ninh 6-1, 6-1.
In Group B, HCM City's Huynh Phuong Dai Trang defeated teammate Si Boi Ngoc 6-0, 6-1, while Nguyen Ai Ngoc Van from HCM City won 6-1, 6-0 over Le Thi Thanh Thuy of Kien Giang. — VNS