Huey-Dy duo delivers gold in SEA Games

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The Philippine tennis team with coaches Chris Cuarto and Roland Kraut. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine tennis team with coaches Chris Cuarto and Roland Kraut. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

SINGAPORE: Ending a one-day gold-medal drought for the country, Treat Huey and Denise Dy retained their Southeast Asian Games mixed doubles crown with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over Thailand’s Sonchat Ratiwatana and Peangtarn Plipuech at the Kallang Tennis Center on Sunday.

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Dy held Huey up in the opening set then retained the favor by rallying the squad from a 0-2 deficit in the set behind a sizzling serve in giving the Philippines its first tennis gold in the 28th edition of the sportsfest.

Another one could be coming up since Dy will be back in action as she teams up with Katherina Lehnert in the women’s doubles finals against the Thai pair of Varatchaiya Wongteangchai and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.

“Denise really played well in the first set and it was really crucial while I got my serves in the second,” said Huey after the match that lasted one hour and 12 minutes. “We’ve played together four years ago (at the Indonesia SEA Games) so knew each other well.”

“Truly this [is]great, giving honor to your country all over the games,” added the 29-year-old and world-ranked doubles specialist, who is set to play at the Wimbledon Open next month.

“We held up each other well and it’s just a great privilege for me be playing this game,” said Dy, who hails from San Jose, California and an assistant tennis coach at the University of Iowa.

In rowing, the opposition proved too strong for the Filipinos, who could only come up with a silver and bronze medal at the Marina Channel.

There was Nestor Cordova, a back-to-back SEA Games men’s singles sculls champion, who relinquished his throne and was left behind in the wake of Indonesia’s Memo Memo, who took the gold medal in the 1,000-meter event in a time of three minutes and 27.25 seconds.

Cordova finished more than two seconds behind and took the silver (3:30.47) while Myanmar’s Ko Min Aiung bagged the bronze (3:31.65).

The pair of Sydney Olympic Games veteran Benjie Tolentino and Edgar Ilas, who had the fastest time in the heats, could only finish third in the men’s 1,000-meter lightweight double sculls (3:15.04) and settled for the bronze.

The Indonesian pair of Arief Arief and Ihram Ihram ruled the event (3:13.24) while Vietnam’s Van Tuan Nguyen and Van Duc Nguyed placed third for the bronze (3:14.23).

Alvin Amposta and Roque Abala Jr. could only place fifth in the men’s 1,000-meter pairs (3:25.85) won by he Indon tandem of Budi Santoso and Tanzil Hadid (3:15.58).

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