Guam – The Pacific Oceania team must win its doubles match Saturday to stay in contention against the Philippines in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas play in the Group II Asia/Oceania region.
The Group II Asia/Oceania top seeded team earned the 2-0 advantage with a pair of singles wins yesterday on the indoor hardcourts of the University of Saint Anthony in Camarines Sur.
Philippines No. 1 singles player, Jeson Patrombon survived a scare in the third set to overcome Cyril Jacobe, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4). The 2011 Pacific Games silver medalist was able to break Patrombon’s serve late in the third set and at one point led 6-5. Patrombon fought back to tie the set and amassed a 5-2 lead before eventually earning the match win 7-4 in the tiebreaker.
Pacific Oceania’s Michael Leong also lost in straight sets to Treat Conrad Huey in the other singles match. Huey, ranked in the top 50 in the world in doubles, prevailed over Pacific Oceania’s No. 1 singles player 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.
Jacobe will team up with Guam’s Daniel Llarenas in Saturday’s doubles match.
Results were provided by Pacific Oceania Davis Cup team manager Torgun Smith.