PHI netters shut out Sri Lanka in Davis Cup

Mark Escarlote on Mar 08, 2015 08:08 PM
Pinoy netters complete Davis Cup sweep
Francis Casey Alcantara (left) and Treat Huey won their respective reverse singles match to complete the Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippines' sweep of Sri Lanka in their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 2 tie.

Treat Huey and Francis Casey Alcantara put the icing on the cake for Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippines, winning their respective abbreviated reverse singles matches to punctuate the host team's 5-0 domination over Sri Lanka in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 2 tie Sunday.

The tandem that delivered last Saturday’s semifinals slot-clinching doubles victory showed that they can also shine in singles matches as well to preserve the Filipinos' unbeaten record against the Sri Lankans in nine head-to-head showdowns.

The Fil-American Huey tuned back a weary Sharmal Dissanayake, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, for the squad’s fourth point in the tie held at Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City.    

“It’s fun to play the match and I enjoyed it for sure. Playing in front of the fans is always a lot of fun,” said Huey, who saw action for in the country for the first time since playing alongside Maria Sharapova, Jo Wilfried-Tsonga and Andy Murray for the Manila Mavericks in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League opening leg.

“It is a good test and practice for me to play in the singles match. I don’t play as much singles match as I did before but it’s good to be ready and be sharp in the singles also. It’s a good practice for me,” added the netter who will next play in the clay court tournaments in Europe including the French Open before heading to Singapore to see action in the South East Asian Games.

Alcantara, meanwhile, destroyed Dineshkhantan Thangarajah in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to complete the Pinoy netters' sweep.

The Pepperdine University standout fell a point behind in the second set, 2-3, before racking up the last four points of the frame to finish off his opponent.

The Philippine Cuppers will next face Chinese-Taipei, who defeated Lebanon on their tie, in the semifinals set on July 17 to 19 for a chance to advance in the finals where the winning country will be elevated to Group I next year.

It was four years ago since the Philippines played in Group I of Asia/Oceania.

Huey and Alcantara defeated Dissanayake and Thangarajah, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, in the doubles match to render the reverse singles non-bearing.   

The Philippines number one player Patrick John Tierro eked a 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 come-from-behind decision Friday night against lefty Harshana Godammana in the first singles match on the shell-clay court.

Ruben Gonzales scored the second tie point for the local squad with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, win over Dissanayake.



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