SINGAPORE – Treat Huey and Denise Dy bagged the Philippines’ 25th gold medal in the 28th Southeast Asian Games with a 7-6, 6-4, win over Sonchat Ratiwatana and Peangtarn Plipuech on Sunday in the finals of the mixed doubles event.
Huey and Dy won a fiercely fought first set then never wavered to give the country its first gold medal in tennis, ruining Thailand's bid for a sweep of the gold medals in the sport at the Kallang Tennis Centre Court.
In the second set, the Philippine pair overcame a 0-2 deficit by breaking in the third and seventh games.
“Denise really played well in the first set and it was really crucial while I got my serves in the second,” said Huey after a match that lasted one hour and 12 minutes. “We’ve played together four years ago (at the Indonesia SEA Games) so we knew each other well.”
“Truly this great, giving honor to your country all over the games,” added the 29-year-old Washington DC native and world-ranked doubles specialist, who is set to play at the Wimbledon Open next month.
“We held up each other well and it’s just a great privilege for me be playing this game,” said Dy, who hails from San Jose, California and is an assistant tennis coach at the University of Iowa.
Due to an early-morning downpour, the match was bumped off center court and pushed back to the afternoon.