Chinese Taipei ends the Philippines' 2016 Davis Cup bid
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 17, 2016 07:29 PM
The doubles tandem of Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey were the ones who gave the Philippines a victory against Chinese Taipei.Manila, Philippines—Chinese Taipei’s No.1 netter, Ti Chen, ended the Philippines’ 2016 Davis Cup campaign as he dominated Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippines ace man, Jeson Patrombon, 3-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-1, in the last day of competition of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II, held in the Philippine Columbian Association indoor court in Paco on Sunday.
Down 2-1 in the standings, Jeson Patrombon was first to attempt an upset win to fuel his team’s final stand and pull-off miraculous comeback victories. With a strong, consistent start, Patrombon set the pace and took home the first set, 6-3.
In the second set, Patrombon continued to pummel Taiwan’s top player as he released powerful returns and heady drop shots, while capitalizing on his opponent’s errors and frustration. At the end of four games, Jeson was ahead, 4-0.
But Ti Chen picked up the pace and exhibited his true, superior form. After being down four sets to none, he rallied back and forced a tiebreak by snatching five straight games. By this time, Chen was the one who capitalized on Patrombon’smiscalculations and errors on his counters, forcing a tie (1-1) after two sets.
Momentum shifted to Chinese Taipei’s favor and Ti Chen never looked back. And with the errors that haunted Patrombon, the visiting rival grabbed two more sets to end the contest, 3-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-1.
“We had our chances in this match. Niño a 2-1 lead when cramps hit him. Jeson was controlling his match until late in the second set. I’m still very proud of our boys as they went toe-to-toe with their higher ranked opponents. We’ll bounce back next year,” said Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippines Davis Cup team manager Jean Henri Lhuillier.
With Chinese Taipei’s victory, they secure a ticket to face the winner of the Vietnam-Thailand tie for a shot at Group 1 of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania division, while the Cebuana LhuillierPhilippines Davis Cup team will try their chances again next year.