Thailand evens its personal duel with the Filipinos at 4-4
MANILA, Philippines – Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul made his 23rd birthday doubly special as he helped Thailand repeat over the Philippines, 4-1, in their Davis Cup Asia Oceania Zone Group II second round tie at the Philippine Columbian Association shell-clay court in Plaza Dilao, Manila on Sunday, April 8.
The 6-foot-3 Trongcharoenchaikul used his height advantage to the fullest and bombed the 5-foot-8 Jeson Patrombon with 11 aces on the way to a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 win, giving the top-seeded Thailand an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-5 tie.
Trongcharoenchaikul's victory was a fitting sequel to his overpowering 6-3, 6-4 win over rising star Joseph Brian Otico the other day.
By repeating over the Seoul Dragon City-backed Filipinos, the Thais advanced to the finals against either Lebanon or Hong Kong in September. The Lebanese currently lead their tie, 2-1, after winning the first two singles matches.
The tie-clinching win was Trongcharoenchaikul's 4th straight over a Filipino rival, having beaten AJ Lim and Petrombon in the same stage last year.