Philippine men's tennis team assured of bronze
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2015 06:32 PM
"The men are well on their way and we hope the women to do the same on Sunday." Philippine tennis coach Chris Cuarto
SINGAPORE—The Philippines assured itself of a bronze medal in the men’s division and is looking forward to doing the same in the women’s contest of tennis in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
The men blanked Cambodia, 3-0, in the quarterfinals on Saturday at the Kallang Tennis Center and could achieve a better overall finish in the team event if Treat Condrad Huey, Francis Alcantara, Jeson Patrombon and Ruben Gonzalez Jr. beat Indonesia, also a 3-0 winner over Laos in the other quarterfinal, in the semifinals on Monday.
Thailand played Vietnam and host Singapore battled Malaysia in the upper half of the quarterfinal on Saturday.
Gonzales defeated Phalkun Mam, 6-3, 7-4, and Patrombon survived Kenny Bun, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, in the first two singles matches before Huey and Alcantara made micemeat of Delton Kim and Samneang Long, 6-3, 6-1, to complete the rout.
With the guaranteed bronze, the men’s team are a victory away of matching the silver-medal finish in the 2011 Palembang Games. Myanmar dropped tennis from its program in 2013.
"The men are well on their way and we hope the women to do the same on Sunday," said coach Chris Cuarto, who expressed confidence about the women’s chances over Vietnam, a team they have been beating in the Sea Games.
"We are quite confident of a victory against Vietnam," Cuarto said. "What we are concerned about is on conserving the energy of our players. It’s very hot and the players will play until the final day of the Games."
Cuarto will start Fil-German Katharina Lehnert and veteran Anna Clarice Partrimonio in the opening singles and will pair Denise Dy and Khim Iglupas in the doubles.
If the women advance, they will match their bronze medal finish also four years ago in Palembang.