Sunday, June 9, 2013

Phuong crowned Vietbay champion 2013

                                                                                                                                   Hoan Nguyen

Phuong won the final 6-2 6-3 again Binh to clinch his first Vietbay Open.

This Open had been anything but a certainty, from the draw controversy, to the surprise exits by some stars; some players had made fantastic comebacks while others had faded. But Binh and Phuong withstood all the storms, and a chance at tennis glory awaited them. The stark contrast in their playing styles just goes to show that you can succeed no matter what your style is, as long as you are willing to put in the hard work.

With the French Open finishing early this morning —the reporters and journalists had to fly from Paris, and they flocked to Mitchell Park right before the final began. There the grandest stage had been set for the conclusion of the Vietbay Open.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Phuong and Binh win to set up dream finale

Phuong defeats Viet 6-1, 6-0 while Binh stops a late surge from Cuong to beat him 6-1, 6-3

Hoan Nguyen

Phuong came out firing, yet again.

If you had not known Viet and Phuong and saw the match on TV, you would have thought you were seeing a skinny guy getting thrashed by a robot. No, it was not that Phuong’s strokes looked mechanical; he was just too accurate and consistent.

When the two came out on court, the atmosphere was a bit different from a typical semifinal—it was rather subdued. The players were quite relaxed and the spectators mostly silent.  Viet and Phuong said they knew the other’s game inside out, being close friends and playing in the same tennis club.

After failing to convert the only break point in the first game, Viet committed several double faults to gift the second game away. The pressure on him just kept building. Phuong‘s tactics included drawing Viet to positions where he’s most vulnerable, and it paid dividends. Viet either found himself in the middle of the court as the ball flied past him or flat-footed at the net as Phuong produced a sensational lob time and time again.