Guam – Guam’s Danny Llarenas posted Pacific Oceania’s lone win in its BNP Paribas Davis Cup Group II Asia/Oceania Zone relegation playoff against Lebanon Easter Sunday.
Llarenas dropped a set but prevailed over 22-year-old Rami Osman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, Sunday afternoon at the ATCL Club in Jounieh, Lebanon.
Llarenas quickly earned a one-set advantage in the best-of-three sets match against his Lebanese opponent with a solid 6-3 win. Llarenas then broke Osman’s serve to begin the second set, but quickly lost the break advantage in the ensuing game. Both men continued to hold serve until Llarenas dropped his serve at 4-5 to concede the set to his opponent.
Llarenas later held a two-break lead early in the deciding set before losing key points to Osman, who was able to knot the set at 4-all. Despite his opponent’s late surge, Llarenas was able to manage one last break and held on to finish the match as victor.
Earlier in the day, Pacific Oceania’s No. 1 seed, Samoa’s Juan Sebastian Langton fell in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, to Patrick Chucri, an opponent he had beaten in doubles in 2005.
Although Llarenas won his first Davis Cup singles match and earned one win for Pacific Oceania, Lebanon still won the playoff 4-1. Lebanon will remain in Group II for 2013 with the playoff win, while Pacific Oceania drops down to Group III in 2013. Also relegated to Group III is the formidable Hong Kong team, which lost against Sri Lanka 2-3 Sunday in Hong Kong.
On the other end of the Asia/Oceania Zone Group II draw, the Philippines will face Indonesia for a place in Group I for 2013. The Philippines has had a strong showing in the Group II draw, first defeating Pacific Oceania 5-0 in February and then Pakistan 5-0 over the weekend. The Group II final between the Philippines and Indonesia is set for Sept. 14 to 16, the Davis Cup Web site states.