Philippine netters Treat Conrad Huey, Ruben Gonzales, Francis Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon crushed their Cambodian foes, 3-0, to enter the semifinals of the men’s tennis competition of the Southeast Asian Games at the Kallang Tennis Center in Singapore.
They will face Indonesia in the semifinals on Monday. The Indonesian squad thrashed Laos, 3-0, in the other quarterfinals match.
Gonzales whipped Phalkun Mam, 6-3, 7-4, Patrombon thumped Kenny Bun, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, in the first two singles matches before Huey and Alcantara ripped Delton Kim and Samneang Long, 6-3, 6-1, in the men’s doubles to complete the rout.
The men’s team is now assured of a bronze medal and one victory away of matching the silver-medal finish of the Philippine contingent in the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang. Tennis was not included in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.
Huey and Gonzales said that their wide exposure in various tournaments abroad boosted their chance of winning more medals in the biennial sporting event.
“We have a good chance to win a medal in all the tennis events,” said Huey, 29, a HEAD sponsored tennis player. “The team event, singles, doubles and mixed doubles should be possible medals for us. Hopefully we play well and we come away with one gold if not a few.”
“I am excited in this SEA Games. I came directly from Paris, France because I played at the French Open a few weeks ago, so that I would have really a good preparation. I want to give my best at the SEA Games and if that results in winning a gold medal that would be great,” Huey added.
Dynamic Sports Corporation Managing Director and HEAD officer Liza Tang Yuquico, who provides racquets and equipment to Huey and Gonzales, also expressed her confidence in the talents of Philippine netters.
“I believe Huey and Gonzales will play a major factor in this SEA Games and at the same time because of their vast experience in the international professional tennis scene,” said Tang Yuquico. “The HEAD tennis family is always there for the Philippine tennis team. We believe in them.”
Gonzales said he would not predict the number of medals they would bring home but he’s optimistic of the country’s good finish in the meet.
“I am very excited about SEA Games. We have a very strong team and I feel can do very well too,” said Gonzales. “Obviously it is tough to guarantee any result, but I have been playing well this year and I am coming from a good three weeks of training to prepare for these games. So I feel extremely ready to do my best here. There are a lot of good players here but I feel like the way I’ve been playing, I can compete with anyone.”