MARIKINA CITY, Philippines – After a tightly-contested loss to tournament-favorites Thailand, the Philippine Men’s Tennis team methodically thumped a wobbly Singaporean side, 5-0, earning them their first win in the 6th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) at the Marikina Sports Center, Tuesday, December 2.
Looking to regain confidence after a disastrous start to his ASG campaign, Noel Damian Jr. booked his first win for the Philippine team with a resounding 6-2 victory over David Giritharan of Singapore.
“Buti nalang nakabawi ako ng malaki. Sana nakatulong ako sa team,” Damian said when asked about his performance. (It’s a good thing I bounced back big time. I hope I helped the team.)
Following a narrow defeat to his Thai counterpart on Monday, Dave Sebastian Mosqueda finally barged into the win column after successfully defeating Singaporean Muhd Shaheed by capturing a nail-biting 8-6 tiebreak victory in the second singles game.
The athletic pair of Andre Rodriguez and Ralph Juliane continued their good run of form in the tournament by defeating their Singaporean counterparts, 6-4, earning the Philippines a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
Hoping to make a good impression in his tournament debut, Eilidia Arevalo beleaguered the streaky Singaporean Timothy Ong Jing Kai in their singles 3 match-up.
The fleet-footed duo of Rolly Saga and Jelendro Amazona capped off the astounding performance of the Philippine team with a close victory over the Singaporeans in the final match of the lopsided series. – Rappler.com
Ferdin Sanchez is a high school student from Manila Science High School.