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PH Cuppers bow to Taiwanese

Jeson Patrombon blew away a hot start as he suffered a mental lapse in the second set that all but ended the Philippine Davis Cup’s bid of returning to the elite Group I.

Jeson Patrombon returns to Taiwan’s Chen Ti during the reverse singles match of their Davis Cup tie yesterday at the PCA claycourts in Paco, Manila. Patrombon lost to Chen, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-1. (John Jerome Ganzon / 2016.mb.com.ph)

Jeson Patrombon returns to Taiwan’s Chen Ti during the reverse singles match of their Davis Cup tie yesterday at the PCA claycourts in Paco, Manila. Patrombon lost to Chen, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-1.
(John Jerome Ganzon / 2016.mb.com.ph)

The country’s former top junior player was on the verge of a two-set advantage before turning ice cold that left many heartbroken following his 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-1 loss to Chen Ti in the first reverse singles match of their Asia Oceania Zone Group II second round tie at the Philippine Columbian Association claycourt in Paco, Manila.

Patrombon, who replaced Francis Casey Alcantara in this first reverse singles, was leading 5-1 in the second set but fell into a maze of errors allowing the veteran Taiwanese to snatch the win, and the momentum.

Chen then dominated the match, catching Patrombon with his vast repertoire of shots that saw him drop only one game in wrapping up the match and the tie as the Taiwanese took an unbeatable 3-1 lead.

With Patrombon’s loss, the second reverse singles pitting Ruben Gonzales and Huang Liang-Chi were not played.

Patrombon, a former top local junior netter who currently trains in a tennis academy in Taiwan, was almost flawless at the start of the match until Chen managed to crawl back by winning five straight games for a 6-5 lead in the second frame.

Patrombon managed to break- Chen’s serve to bring the set into a tiebreak, but the Iligan City native lost his focus and doomed his bid.

Leading 4-3 in tiebreak, Patrombon saw Chen mixing his shots well to win the next four points for the set win.

It was the Filipinos’ fourth straight tie loss to Taiwan since 2010.

The loss means the PH Cuppers will remain in Group II.