Quantcast
Latest Stories

PH takes doubles, bags Davis Cup tie vs Syria

By

LAPU-LAPU CITY—While the rest of the team hit some balls at Plantation Bay clay courts Saturday afternoon, Treat Huey, who also fancies golf, practiced his short game in a nearby pitch and putt area.

The Filipino Davis Cup star seemed sharp on the putting surface as he easily buried a 10-footer.

By sundown, the 27-year-old lefty was in his favorite playing ground, making things look easy in partnership with Ruben Gonzales as they combined perfectly in a 6-0, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over Syians Issam Taweel and Marc Abdelnuor to give the Filipinos an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their Asia-Oceania Davis Cup Group 2 tie .

“We are confident of winning this tie but we didn’t expect it to be quick,” said non-playing team captain Roland Kraut. “It’s a good test for the team because Syria is not too strong and at the same time not too weak.”

Johnny Arcilla opened the campaign with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, win over Taweel in Friday’s opening singles before Gonzales followed suit with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 victory over Abdelnuor.

The Philippines advanced to the semifinal against either Thailand or Kuwait. The Thais led the series, 2-1 after the doubles match.

“I think we’ve gotten better the past year. It was a great win for us. We are ready to contend with all the teams in Asia,” said Huey.

The Philippines needs to win two more ties this year to move up to the elite Group 1 where the country competed in 2010 and 2011.

Organizers said the next tie on April 5 to 7 may also be held in Plantation Bay which constructed an international standard clay courts and lighting facilities that impressed the Syrian team and even ITF referee David Smith.

“I’ve been to at least 45 ties across Asia and I could say what they prepared here was something I didn’t see anywhere else,” Smith said.

Resort owner Manny Gonzales said they are willing to host the tie once again in line with their thrust to promote sports-tourism in this part of the country.

After Huey and Gonzales went two sets up Saturday night, Syria appeared to have recovered, scoring a break in the sixth game for 4-2 lead.

Forcing the Filipino to the baseline and charging the net, the Syrian later broke Gonzales to secure the third set.

Goaded by the huge cheering crowd that included tourists from as far as Russia and the Czech Republic, Huey and Gonzales quickly went back to business in the fourth set, breaking their rivals in the opening game and sustaining their momentum till the end.

They broke the Syrians again, this time at love, for 5-2 and immediately took a 40-0 lead in the sixth game. After two double faults, Gonzales redeemed himself with a forehand winner down the line as the gallery erupted in cheers while the Queen’s “We Are The Champion” blared from the arena sound system.

The Philippines earlier lost at the same Plantation court both its two Davis Cup ties in 2011 to Japan and Chinese Taipei.

Gonzales replaced doubles original nominee Elbert Anasta at the last minute while Abdelnuor also substituted for Salim Madji.

The event, sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier, Smart Sports, Yonex, Jober Electronics for lighting, Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Daily Inquirer as media partner, can be viewed on Youtube via Philippine Tennis channel and Philta Facebook page.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Davis Cup , Tennis



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  2. Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  3. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  4. After Pacquiao, BIR chief Henares runs after boxing fans
  5. Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  6. Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  9. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  10. San Miguel Beer clinches 2nd spot after comeback win over Air21
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  5. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  6. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  9. Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff
  10. Bradley to Pacquiao: You better be ready
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  5. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  6. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  7. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  8. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  9. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  10. Tapering off: Pacquiao already at 147 lb

News

  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Two Popes who would be saints
  • Anti-gay demo in Ethiopia cancelled
  • Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Sports

  • Duke freshman declares for NBA draft
  • Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • Lifestyle

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Entertainment

  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Business

  • US stocks end mostly higher after earnings deluge
  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford
  • Filipina Maryknoll sister honored for years of service
  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • Marketplace