Vietnamese tennis ace off to great start at Egypt tournament

By Hoang Nguyen   October 20, 2021 | 11:36 pm PT
Vietnamese tennis ace off to great start at Egypt tournament
Ly Hoang Nam at the national tennis championship in 2021. Photo by Vietnam Tennis Federation
Ly Hoang Nam has defeated Ukrainian Illya Beloborodko in the first round of the third M15 Sharm El Sheikh tournament in Egypt.

Beloborodko is the sixth seed of the tournament. He’s 687th in world rankings, 278 places above Nam. But the Vietnamese star was the one who had a better start in this game, with powerful serves and swings. Beloborodko tried to retaliate but Nam continued to dominate to win the first set 6-2.

In the second set, Nam kept the momentum and led 3-1, but Beloborodko came back even stronger to win 6-3.

In the decisive third match, Nam once again took the lead but this time, didn't give Beloborodko an opening and won 6-3.

After two hours and nine minutes, Nam scored a overall 2-1 victory.

Nam's opponent in the second round will be Hady Habib of Lebanon. This player is 648th in world rankings, or 317 places above Nam.

In the previous M15 Sharm El Sheikh, Nam reached the semifinals and lost to Czech player Marek Gengel (442nd).

According to plan, Nam will stay in Egypt to compete in the multiple M15 tournaments from October to November.

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