THE Philippines defeated Kyrgyzstan, 3-0, in the opening tie of the 2017 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Team Championships for Boys and Girls Asia/Oceania pre-qualifying tournament in New Delhi, India.
Top Filipina netter Alexandra Eala beat Vladislava Andrevskaya, 6-1, 6-0, before teaming up with Gaby Zoleta in the doubles to beat Aigerim Akshol and Andrevskaya, 6-3, 6-1.
Missy Carlos beat Banat Madalieva, 6-2, 6-1, in the first singles match.
The Tom Falcis-coached Philippine squad will next face Iraq in Group A. The top two teams in the two groups will move to the semifinals.
Following victories in age group meets in 2014 and 2015, Zoleta is making a comeback in the Under-14 team after suffering a foot injury.