Hui looks to bigger returns despite loss

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 April, 1996, 12:00am

John Hui Kin-yip only kept Australian Patrick Rafter on court for 45 minutes before bowing out of the Salem Open, but the local teenager is hopeful the match would be his springboard to a professional career.

Hui crashed 6-0, 6-1 to Rafter, a finalist here two years ago, who is now making his tournament comeback following two operations on his wrist in the last six months.

But 18-year-old Hui earned a one precious ATP ranking point which he hopes will turn into a stepping stone to a career on the circuit.

'I've just started playing satellites but I've never made it past the qualifying rounds,' said Hui, who was given a wild card for event.

'This point is very important because it can get me into the satellites. There were a couple I went to which I couldn't get in because the call-up for the qualifying was one point.' Hui cited his lack of high level tennis experience was his biggest drawback but he still hopes to end the year with several more ranking points.

Hui salvaged some pride by winning the third game of the second set when Rafter's concentration seemed lost and he hit three service returns into the net.

Rafter, ranked 89th in the world, readily pointed out the inexperienced Hui has a long way to go to make the grade.

'John was a bit nervous and by the look of things, he has never played anyone highly ranked,' said the 23-year-old Australian, who also got in with a wild card.

'Now that I've sort of exploited his game and a lot of his weaknesses have shown up, he should start working on them.

'He didn't actually serve that badly but he didn't follow up after my returns. He's got the potential to move well and he should work on that. He also needs to improve on reading the play and tighten up his game.' China's Pan Bing , the other wild card, made a quick exit following a 6-3, 6-0 defeat by Dutchman Richard Krajicek, the 1991 champion and number four seed in the tournament.

The hard-hitting Krajicek took a bit of time to get used to Pan's relatively 'soft' shots but from 3-3, he quickly finished the match by winning nine straight games.