Date: Sep 17, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, PARIS
Chen Ti and Jason Jung yesterday kept alive Taiwan’s bid to stave off relegation from
Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I with a straight-sets victory in the doubles rubber at the Yang Gu Tennis Park in South Korea.
Chen and Jung defeated the hosts’ Lee Jea-moon and Lim Yong-kyu 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in a minute over two hours to grab a point for the visitors, who will need to win both singles rubbers today to survive the drop.
The Taiwanese duo saved nine of 11 break points and converted five of nine, firing down five aces and winning 100 of the 186 points contested to keep their team’s hopes alive.
With South Korea holding a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five contest, Jung will need to upset world No. 44 Chung Hye-on in the first reverse singles rubber today, before Wu Tung-lin is due to take on Kwon Soon-woo.
Pakistan remain favorites to replace the losers in Asia/Oceania Group I, despite losing the doubles rubber to Thailand in the Group II promotion playoff yesterday.