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    Philippines, Thailand begin Davis Cup showdown

    Apr 4, 2013
    Ruben Gonzales battles a player almost 10 years his junior in the opening singles. Jerome Ascano

    RUBEN Gonzales tries to get Philippines off to a fine start in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group II second round tie against Thailand when he takes on Thailand’s No. 2 Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul on Friday at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Lapu Lapu City.

    Gonzales, the country’s top netter for the tie with a singles ranking of 784, and 17-year-old Wishaya (914) battle in the first singles match set at 3:30 p.m. Wishaya turns 18 on Monday.

    Johnny Arcilla takes on Thai No. 1 Danai Udomchoke in the second singles match.

    Doubles specialist Treat Huey, meanwhile, will team up with Francis Casey Alcantara on Saturday as they face Nuttanon Kadchapanan and Pruchya Isarow at 6 p.m.

    Gonzales will take on Udomchoke before Arcilla battles Trongcharoenchaikul in the reverse singles on Sunday starting at 3:30 p.m.

    The teams can still change the players who will compete in the doubles and the reverse singles an hour before the matches.

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    Ruben Gonzales battles a player almost 10 years his junior in the opening singles. Jerome Ascano
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