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Sport Tennis world stunned by 'professional' impostor

08:10  10 december  2019
08:10  10 december  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The tennis world was left completely stunned following one of the rarest achievements in the sport with Thailand's Krittin Koaykul defeating Ukraine's Artem Bahmen 6-0, 6-0 in a golden match, in the ITF World Tennis Tour competition.

A golden match only occurs when a player does not lose a single point in the entire contest.

Koaykul entered the match ranked at ATP World No.1,369. The 24-year-old was competing in the first round of qualifying at the M15 event in Doha when the near-impossible achievement happened.

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Bahmen proved he was no match for the Thai, displaying the kind of skill and athletic ability that would usually be associated with occasional backyard players, not those competing on the professional tour.

a person standing on a court with a racquet: Artem Bahmen© Twitter Artem Bahmen

In a diabolical two-set performance the Ukrainian struggled to keep the ball in the court for more than a couple of shots consecutively, even as his opponent acknowledged his lack of ability and started to play easy rally points against him.

So how was he allowed to enter the tournament?

In this case that remains a mystery although any player can technically enter an ITF tournament that does not have a qualifying draw, so long as they pay the entry fee and have an ITF membership. That may have been what happened here.

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Before Koaykul achieved it, the most recent golden match was in the opening qualifying round of a Czech Republic event in 2018 when 18-year-old Dan Added defeated Freddy Prioton 6-0 6-0 in 30 minutes.

However, a golden match has yet to feature in ATP or WTA level with only two golden sets in history coming close to achieving the incredible feat.

Yaroslava Shvedova claimed the opening 24 points against Sara Errani in the third round at Wimbledon 2012.

American Bill Scanlon earned a golden set against Brazil's Marcos Hocevar at the men's tour in Delray Beach, Florida, in 1982.

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