Mon, Feb 12, 2007 - Page 20 News List

Thais fight back to defeat Taiwan in Davis Cup tie


Taiwan's Lee Hsin-han receives medical attention during his Davis Cup match against Thailand's Sonchat Ratiwana in Taipei yesterday.


Thailand beat Taiwan in both singles matches in their Davis Cup clash yesterday, coming from behind to win the tie 3-2.

Thailand's Danai Udomchoke, a gold medalist in last year's Asian Games in Doha, stormed past Liu Tai-wei in three sets 6-0, 6-1, 6-3, while teammate Sonchat Ratiwatana defeated Lee Hsin-han 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 6-3.

Thailand, who had been trailing 2-1 in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie, earned the right to take on Japan in the second round from April 4-8.

The matches in Taipei were overshadowed by a dispute between Taiwan's No.1 player Lu Yen-hsun, who was left out of the tie, and the Chinese Taipei Tennis Association.

Lu, ranked 90th in the world, was replaced by world number 1,010 Yi Chu-huan after demanding better protection of players' rights from the association.

Another top Taiwanese player, Wang Yeu-tzuoo, ranked 157th, was forced to withdraw from the matches due to injury.

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