PHL Davis Cuppers drop playoff match vs Kiwis
THE Philippines dropped its third straight match against host New Zealand in the Davis Cup Group I Asia/Oceania 1st Round Relegation Play-off in Hawera.
The Filipino-American tandem of Cecil Mamiit and Ruben Gonzales proved to be no match against New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak, 7-6 (0) 6-3 6-2, in the doubles event.
The Philippines are now 0-3 against the Kiwis in their Group I playoffs match. The loss dropped the Filipinos to the second round playoff where they will try to keep their Group I spot.
The Philippines will still have to wait for its opponent in the second round playoffs. The losing team will be relegated to Group II in 2012.
Despite of the loss, the Filipinos (ranked 36th) still enjoy a 3-2 edge in their all-time head-to-head match-up with the Kiwis (40). The Philippines’ latest win was a 4-1 result in 2009.