Davis Cup BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Group II:
Thailand trounces Sri Lanka
Thailand player Weerapat Doakmaiklee offered a walkover after going
down 6-4 in the first game to Sri Lankan number one Thangarajah
Dineshkanthan, allowing the host country to grab their first and only
victory in the Davis Cup BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Group II tie which
concluded at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) courts yesterday.
Sri Lanka lost the tie to Thailand (4-1).
Thangarajah ready to hit back a receive from his Thai
opponent Weerapat Doakmaiklee in the singles match
On the final day’s second single, local second seed Vimuktha de Silva
went down to Thai player Sanchai Ratiwatana 7/6(4), 6/0. The two singles
were played for the best of three games.
Local players were not able to live up to the expectations throughout
the tournament and were defeated in the Saturday’s doubles match as
well. Strong Thai pair Sanchai Ratiwatana and Weerapat Doakmaiklee found
no trouble in taming local duo Thangarajah and Amresh Jayawickrema 6/0,
Sri Lanka will stand for their final test to remain in the Group II
against Hong Kong when the tie works off in Hong Kong from April 6 to 8.
If Sri Lanka lose the tie, they will be demoted to the Group III once
again. Sri Lanka reached the Group II in six previous occasions in the
Davis Cup BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania tournament but never has qualified
for Group I.
Singles 1 – Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (Thai) beat Thangarajah
Dineshkanthan – 6/4, 7/5, 6/4
Singles 2 – Danai Udomchoke (Thai) beat Vimuktha de Alwis – 6/1, 6/1,
Singles 3 - Thangarajah Dineshkanthan vs. Weerapat Doakmaiklee (Thai)
– 6/4, W/O
Singles 4 - Sanchai Ratiwatana (Thai) beat Vimuktha de Alwis –
Double - Sanchai Ratiwatana with Weerapat Doakmaiklee (Thai) beat
Thangarajah Dineshkanthan and Amresh Jayawickrema - 6/0, 6/4, 6/2.