31st SEA Games [Tennis]: Philippines and Thailand Dominate Men's and Women's Doubles Competition

Luksika Kumkhum eliminates Alexandra Eala in last four, while the Women's Doubles and Men's Doubles witness all Thailand and all Philippines Finals

Jeson Patrombon of the Philippines in action during the Men's Doubles semi-final. PHOTO: CHERYL TAY, SPORTPLUS.SG


Hanoi, Vietnam, 21 May 2022 - Thailand and Philippines have secured top two finishes in the Women's Singles, Women's Doubles and Men's Doubles after an enthralling day of action at Hanaka Paris Ocean Park that saw two Philippines men's doubles pairs defeat Vietnamese opposition from the host nation.


Women’s Singles


In the Women's Singles, Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum beat Alexandra Eala of the Philippines 2-0 (6-4, 6-1) to punch her ticket to the final. Luksika has been in imperious form en route to the semi-final, trouncing Vietnamese home favourite and 2019 SEA Games silver medalist Savanna Ly Nguyen 6-1, 6-1 on her path to the semis.

Thailand's Pimrada Jattavapornvit in action during the Women's Doubles semi-final. PHOTO: CHERYL TAY, SPORTPLUS.SG


Women’s Doubles


In the Women's Doubles, Thai duo Pimrada Jattavapornvit and Lanlana Tararudee also booked their place in the final after taking out Indonesia’s Beatric Gumulya and Jessy Priskila Rompies in a three-set match. Pimrada and Lanlana lost the first set 4-6, but found their rhythm after to win the next two sets 6-2, 10-8.

Thailand's Pimrada Jattavapornvit in action during the Women's Doubles semi-final. PHOTO: CHERYL TAY, SPORTPLUS.SG


The other Thai pair Patcharin Cheapchandej and Anchisa Chanta defeated Malaysia’s Jawairiah Bte Noordin and Shariah Elysia Wan in yet another exciting three-set match.


Patcharin and Anchisa won the first set 6-2, but lost 5-7 in the second set and managed to turn the tides around to win the third set 10-5 to advance to the final. This means an all-Thai final, whilst Jawairiah and Shariah settle for the joint bronze.

Vietnam's Hguyen Van Phuong in action at centre court during the Men's Doubles semi-final. PHOTO: CHERYL TAY, SPORTPLUS.SG


Men’s Doubles


Philippines’ Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey kept things simple with a 2-0 (6-4, 6-2) win over Vietnam’s Minh Tuan Pham and Giang Trinh Linh to go for gold next.


They will be meeting their teammates Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon in the final, after the latter pair beat Le Quoc Kuanh and Hguyen Van Phuong from Vietnam 2-0 (6-4, 6-2). This marks the end of the SEA Games journey for the Vietnamese duo who will settle for a joint bronze.

Philippines' Jeson Patrombon in action at centre court during the Men's Doubles semi-final. PHOTO: CHERYL TAY, SPORTPLUS.SG


Mixed Doubles


Pruchya Isaro and Patcharin Cheapchandej had to unfortunately bow out of the competition today after losing to Indonesia’s Christoper Rungkat and Aldila Sutjiadi.


Pruchya and Patcharin played a very hard first set and narrowly won 7-6, but fell to the Indonesians in the next two sets 2-6, 5-10.

Vietnam's Hguyen Van Phuong in action at centre court during the Men's Doubles semi-final. PHOTO: CHERYL TAY, SPORTPLUS.SG


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