TREAT Huey saved the day for the Philippines with a victory over Elbert Sie, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, as the country leveled its Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group II tie against Indonesia on Friday night at the Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium in Jakarta.
Huey’s win squared the best-of-five tie at one game apiece after Frances Casey Alcantara lost the opening singles against Christopher Rungcat, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
The two teams play the crucial doubles Saturday. Non-playing team captain Roland Kraut had nominated the pair of Jeson Patrombon and Ruben Gonzales, but is expected to field in a lineup led by Huey, who is ranked no. 39 in doubles in the world.
“His (Huey) serve carried him in this game,” said Kraut shortly after the crucial win of the 27-year-old Filipino-American netter. “If he serves this way in doubles, then I can say we have an advantage.”
“So far, so good. It went on as planned. We got a win on the first day, now we need to win the crucial doubles,” said team manager Randy Villanueva, joined in the sidelines by tennis patron John Henri Lhuillier, Alcantara’s longtime coach and former PH Davis Cupper Jun Toledo, and trainer Marlon Dagatan of the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine.
The reverse singles will be played on Sunday.