Philippines has the momentum going into day two of its clash with Pakistan in Asia/Oceania Zone Group II. The hosts have a 2-0 lead in their second round tie in Manila, thanks to straight-sets wins for Johnny Arcilla and Treat Huey against Aqeel Khan and Yasir Khan respectively.
The Philippines team are one point away from reaching September’s final, which will decide which nation from Asia/Oceania Group II will be promoted to Group I for the 2013 competition. There is plenty of pride at stake with the team fighting to return to the group from which they were relegated last year, so the pressure will be on Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales Jr. against Aqeel and Jalil Khan on Saturday.
Indonesia and Thailand are battling it out for the other final berth this weekend, and so far the two nations are on level terms in Jakarta. Christopher Rungkat put the home team on the scoreboard first with a straight-sets win against Kittiphong Wachiramanowong, but Danai Udomchoke struck back for the Thais by defeating Aditya Han Sasongko, also in straight sets. The Ratiwatana twins, Sanchai and Sonchat, are scheduled to take on Wisnu Adi Nugroho and David Agung Susanto in the vital doubles rubber.
At the other end of the group, there are two play-off ties to avoid relegation to Asia/Oceania Group III taking place this weekend. No matches were possible between Hong Kong China and Sri Lanka in Causeway Bay on Friday, with the entire day lost to rain. The forecast isn’t good for Saturday or Sunday either, making for a nervous start for Hong Kong China’s Hiu-Tung Yu and Sri Lanka’s Harshana Godamanna who are due to open proceedings.
Two teams will drop out of Asia/Oceania Group II this weekend, with either China Hong Kong or Sri Lanka being joined by the loser of the Lebanon versus Pacific Oceania tie, which is taking place in Jounieh. The hosts took a strong lead and a step away from relegation on Friday, with Lebanon’s Bassam Beidas defeating Cyril Jacobe 62 62 62, and Karim Alayli beating Pacific Oceania’s Juan Sebastien Langton 60 46 61 75 to go 2-0 ahead.