Nam comes from behind to seal Vietnam’s overwhelming win at Davis Cup opener

Thursday, 2019-06-27 08:52:06
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Ly Hoang Nam excels in the second single match to seal the overall victory for Vietnam against Sri Lanka. (Photo: Vietnam Tennis Federation)
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NDO – Trinh Linh Giang and Ly Hoang Nam’s excellent performances helped the Vietnamese tennis team claim an impressive win at the first day of the 2019 Davis Cup - Asia/Oceania Group III, which opened in Singapore on June 26.

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Opening their campaign in Group A, the Vietnamese players met with tough opponents Sri Lanka, who had sowed sorrow for Vietnam during their prior meeting at the Davis Cup - Asia/Oceania Group II, which took place in Vietnam’s Da Lat city in 2014. At that time, Vietnam lost 2-3 to the South Asian opponents.

In their rematch at the 2019 Davis Cup, Trinh Linh Giang was the first Vietnamese player to step onto the court. Giang’s opponent was Dineskanthan Thangarajah, a 1991 born player without too much experience in international competition. Against his senior competitor in terms of age, the No. 3 Vietnamese tennis player, born in 1997, still excelled to earn an easy win 6-2, 6-3 after just over 80 minutes.

Trinh Linh Giang earns a quick 2-0 victory in the first single match. (Photo: Vietnam Tennis Federation)

Leading 1-0 after their first win, it seemed that Vietnam could be confident before their top star Ly Hoang Nam entered the second single match. However, facing off against Harshana Godamanna, who was also one of the players that defeated Vietnam in Da Lat in 2014, Hoang Nam faced a lot of difficulties.

With an experienced performance, the 33-year-old Sri Lankan player quickly destroyed Hoang Nam 6-2 in the first set. After being led 3-1 in the second set, Nam regained consciousness as he broke his opponent's serve and then gradually earned important points to come from behind and win 6-4, thus levelling 1-1 after two sets.

The last set was extremely dramatic. Nam took a 3-0 lead, but let his opponent level 3-3, and the two struggled until the tie-break series. Nam, with his 415th world ranking, then sparked up. He squeezed every point and won 7-2 in the tie-break, thereby completing his dramatic 7-6(2) win from behind against experienced Godamanna, helping Vietnam take another victory.

With bravery and great confidence, Hoang Nam defeats his experienced opponent in a tie-break series. (Photo: Vietnam Tennis Federation)

After claiming victories in two first singles matches, the Vietnam team led 2-0 and certainly earned a victory against Sri Lanka on the opening day. In the final double match, which held little meaning to the final results, experienced Pham Minh Tuan/Le Quoc Khanh played confidently to beat Dineshkanthan Thangarajah/Savit Weerasinghe 6-1, 6-2, closing a perfect day for Vietnam with an overwhelming 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka. Vietnam’s next opponents in today's matches are hosts Singapore.

The 2019 Davis Cup - Asia/Oceania Group III takes place from June 26 to 29 in Singapore with the participation of eight teams divided into two groups, of which the Vietnam team are the top seed in Group A with Kuwait, Sri Lanka and hosts Singapore, while in Group B, Iran are the No. 1 seed along with Qatar, Syria and Malaysia.

According to the 2019 Davis Cup format, teams will compete in a round-robin format (including two singles and a double match) to select the top two teams from each group to enter the play-offs on June 29, in which Group A winners will meet Group B winners to compete to decide the first two final places, while the runners-up in both groups will encounter for the third-place. The three best teams will be promoted to Group II next year and the last two teams will be relegated.