BINH DUONG Defending champion and third-seeded Nguyen Hoang Thien could not defend his title at the International Junior (Under-18) Tennis Championships in Binh Duong province, losing to fifth-seeded Swedish Stefan Lindmark in the semi-final yesterday.
Thien was beaten in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, in a match that was moved because of rain after 15 minutes of play.
When Stefan was leading 2-1 and Thien was ahead in the fourth game at 40-30, the rain began and the match moved a nearby roofed court.
"Thien played quite well but his more experienced and older opponent had a very good match," Thien s American coach, Roy Coopersmith, said.
The host nation s only hope in the girls singles event, Huynh Phuong Dai Trang, also was ousted by fifth-seeded Thai, Tiraganok Gornganok, 3-6, 6-0, 2-6.
"I did not play very well today, making some mistakes. In all fairness, Tiraganok played extremely well today," Trang said.
The boys singles final is an all-Swedish match between Stefan and Oskar Wickberg, who stopped Chinese Taipei giant-killer Jiao Chi Shan s impressive run.
Tiraganok will face Russian Anna Tyulpa, who overcame Thailand s Areeporn Wanichayapanich, in the girls singles final today.
Swedish players also won the boys doubles after Swedish pair Stefan Lindmark and Danny Stanojevic beat their compatriots Victo Sylwander and Oskar Wickberg 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
The girls singles title went to Indonesian duo Bella Destriana and Nadya Syarifah after they overcame Russian pair Kristina Chasovskikh and Anna Tyulpa. VNS