PHL a match away from winning tie-A A +A
Saturday, February 1, 2014
TEAM Philippines took a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 2 first round tie against Sri Lanka following the doubles win yesterday in the latter’s homecourt in Colombo.
Doubles specialist Treat Conrad Huey, who recently came off a quarterfinal finish in the Australian Open doubles competition, teamed up with Ruben Gonzales to hand Sri Lanka’s Harshana Godamanna and Rajeev Rajapaks a 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 loss to lead the tie.
Patrick John Tierro lost the first singles rubber to Godamanna, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, but Gonzales scored the equalizer beating Dineshkanthan Thangarajah, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the second singles.
The reverse singles are set today with Gonzales scheduled to play in the first reverse singles against Godamanna.
The Philippines is looking to extend its dominance over Sri Lanka after having won the past seven meetings. The last time the two teams met was in 2006 with the Philippines winning, 3-0.
Last September, the Philippines lost to New Zealand in a promotional playoffs in an epic battle between the two nations.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 02, 2014.