PHILIPPINES STRUGGLE:Doubles duo Lee Hsin-han and Peng Hsien-yin have a shot at sealing the tie today, with the winners to play in the final against Pakistan
Date: Jul 18, 2015
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Taiwan were on the verge of making the final in Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II yesterday
after they cruised to a 2-0 lead against the Philippines on the Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts.
Hung Jui-chen eased to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jeson Patrombon in the first singles rubber on the hard courts in Kaohsiung, before world No. 61 Lu Yen-hsun gave the hosts a 2-0 lead with a comfortable victory over Patrick-John Tierro by exactly the same score.
Taiwan have the chance to clinch the match at 10am today, when Lee Hsin-han and Peng Hsien-yin take on Philippine duo Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey in the doubles rubber.
Even if Lee and Peng fail, Hung and Lu will have a chance to wrap up the victory in the reverse singles at 11am tomorrow.
Although the Philippines have a 4-2 overall record against Taiwan in the Davis Cup, Taiwan won the previous two encounters in 2010 and 2011, with the Philippines’ last victory coming in 1999. [FULL STORY]