Tennis win gives PH a bright start in Asiad


INCHEON, South Korea: The Philippines started its campaign in the 2014 Asian Games on a bright note as the men’s tennis team blanked Mongolia 3-0 on Saturday at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts here.

Filipino-American Ruben Gonzales Jr. posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Badratk Munkhbaatar in the first singles, and Patrick John Tierro sealed the tie for the Philippines with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Erdenebayar Duurendayar in the second singles.

Gonzales and Grand Slam veteran Treat Conrad Huey completed a clean sweep when they blanked Oyunbat Baatar and Sukhjargal Sukhbaatar, 6-0, 6-0, in the doubles play.
The Filipinos face second seed Taiwan in the next round.

In rowing at the Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Center, 2005 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Benjamin Tolentino finished fourth in Heat 1 of the men’s lightweight singles sculls.

Tolentino clocked seven minutes and 37.05 seconds behind Lok Kwan Hoi of Hong Kong (7:17.78), Pak Cholhun of Pakistan (7:24.30) and Artyom Kudryashov of Uzbekistan (7:34.32).

The top two rowers in each heat will advance to the finals.

Tolentino still has a chance to make it to the medal round when he competes in the repechage stage today.

In the men’s lightweight doubles sculls, Edgar Ilas and Nestor Cordova placed third in Heat 1 with a time of 6:54.52.

Takahiro Suda and Hideki Omoto of Japan (6:33.45), and Singh Roopendra and Singh Manjeet of India (6:44.51) took the first two finals slots.

Ilas and Cordova will also vie in the repechage phase.

In shooting, Hagen Alexander Topacio is ranked 33rd in the men’s trap qualification round at the Gyeonggido Shooting Range. He fired 65 points on 22, 21 and 22 in the first three rounds.

Olympian Eric Ang is in 40th place with 63 (21, 21 and 21).

Andrey Mogilevskiy of Kazakhstan and Fehaid Aldeehani of Kuwait shared the lead with 74 points.

Two Filipino judokas see action on Sunday at the Dowon Gymnasium.

Gilbert Ramirez goes up against Dastan Ykybayeb of Kazakhstan in the men’s 73-kilogram and Kiyomi Watanabe fights Gulnar Hayybayeva of Turkmenistan in the women’s 73-kg.
Other Filipinos seeing action today are swimmer Jessie Lacuna (men’s 200-m freestyle) and wushu artist Clemente Tabugara, who collide with Mohsen Mohammadseifi of Iran in the men’s Sanda -65 kgs.

The Philippines wants to do better than its three-gold performance in the 2012 Asiad in Guangzhou, China.


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