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07 April 2012

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II: Saturday


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Dwi Ari SetyadiSanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA)

Philippines have secured their berth in the final round of Asia/Oceania Group II, which will take place in September alongside the World Group semifinals and play-offs and determine who will be promoted to Group I for 2013.

The nation’s hard-grafter Johnny Arcilla, playing his 27th Davis Cup tie for Philippines, dispatched Pakistan’s Aqeel Khan 62 62 63 in the opening rubber on Friday, with Treat Huey following up that win with a 61 60 63 victory over Yasir Khan.

It came down to Huey and Ruben Gonzales Jr. to seal the nation’s place in the third and final round of the Group, as they ended Pakistan’s hopes with a 61 64 62 victory in Saturday's doubles rubber.

Philippines now await the winner of Thailand v Indonesia to determine where they will travel for the all-important deciding tie.

Thailand currently lead Indonesia 2-1, after pulling back from one rubber down. Indonesian Christopher Rungkat, playing on his local ground in Jakarta, produced his fifth straight Davis Cup win in defeating Kittiphong Wachiramanowong 64 63 62 in the first match, but Thailand’s Danai Udomchoke levelled the tie in the second rubber.

Rungkat failed to pull another win out of the bag in the doubles, him and partner David Agung Susanto losing to the Ratiwatana brothers, Sonchat and Sanchai, 76(6) 63 61.

On Sunday, Rungkat will have another chance for a win when he takes on Udomchoke in the fourth rubber. They met last year at exactly this stage, this rubber, which Udomchoke won to seal the overall victory for Thailand.

In the fight against relegation, Lebanon moved into an unassailable 3-0 lead against Pacific Oceania in Jounieh to condemn the visitors to Group III status in 2013. Bassam Beidas and Patrick Chucri won the decisive third rubber on Saturday, beating Cyril Jacobe and Daniel Llarenas 75 64 61.

The tie between Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, being played at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, finally got under way with an extended day's play on Saturday after rain had caused a wash out on Friday.

Harshana Godamanna put the visitors ahead by defeating Hiu-Tung Yu 63 67(5) 61 62, only for Jonathan Chu to draw Hong Kong level with a 76(2) 62 26 62 victory over Dineshkanthan Thangarajah.

The pivitol doubles rubber then saw Godamanna get the upper hand over Yu once again. The Sri Lankan No. 1 teamed up with Rajeev Rajapakse to defeat Yu and Chu 63 63 67(4) 26 75, leaving Hong Kong on the brink of relegation and Sri Lanka within touching distance of safety.

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