Huey, Dy score gold in rain-delayed tennis mixed doubles finals
Mark Escarlote on Jun 14, 2015 03:33 PM
We enjoyed being here at the SEA Games and if you ended up with your goal it’s more fun for sure --- Treat Huey
SINGAPORE --- Worth the wait.
Heavy downpour delayed the championship match in the tennis mixed doubles at the Kallang Tennis Center here but it didn’t matter as partners Treat Huey and Denise Dy showered in glory Sunday afternoon after giving the Philippines its 25th gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games.
The fourth seed Filipino duo blanked the top ranked Thailand pair of Peangtarn Plipuech and Sonchat Ratiwatana, 7-6, 6-4, to retain the crown they first won four years ago in Palembang, Indonesia edition of the biennial meet.
“We enjoyed being here at the SEA Games and if you ended up with your goal it’s more fun for sure,” said the 29-year-old Davis Cup veteran Huey, who smashed an exclamation point of a serve to end the match with the Filipino fans cheering him on.
It took the Filipinos 43 minutes to take the first set and Dy played the hero’s role after taking the crucial points in the tiebreak, 8-6.
“At the end of the first set, Denise played unbelievable point in the tie breaker for us to win the set. And from there we played very solid and served very well,” said Huey as he looked at his partner sitting beside him.ÂÂ
Dy is also playing for a possible second gold medal in the women’s doubles finals with head-turner Fil-German Katharina Lehnert against Thailand’s Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Varatchaya Wongteanchai as of posting time.
“Hopefully (I can win another gold medal). I mean I’m just glad I was able to come out. Yesterday was very tiring with three matches but today I feel great and I feel energized even more so now that we got the gold,” said the 26-years-old Dy.
The Thais reared for a comeback in the second set taking a 2-0 lead, breaking the Pinoy duo’s service early.
Huey and Dy broke back in the next game and Dy held her service to tie the set at 2-all. The PHI pair took the seventh game via love break for a 4-3 lead as the two squads exchanged points in the next games.
After the Thais saved two match points in the 10th game, Huey invited the crowd to cheer and the Filipino-American did not disappoint in firing a service winner to the delight of the boisterous Filipino crowd.ÂÂ
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