Pinoy Cuppers ready to face Thais at home

February 20, 2013

PHILIPPINE Davis Cup team non-playing captain Roland Kraut likes the country’s chances against Thailand in the semifinals of their Asia-Oceania Group II tie in April.

The tie will again be played on home court from April 5 to 7 at the Plantation Bay in Cebu.

The slow court at the venue, according to Kraut, is a big advantage for the Filipinos, who will also have the crowd behind them when they play the Thais.

The Filipinos won their recent tie with Syria, 4-1, also at the Plantation Bay.

“We can’t get any better than this,” Kraut said in the Philippine Sportswriter Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate on Tuesday. “We definitely have a very good chance (against Thailand).”

But things are better said than done.

Although the Filipinos are ranked a notch higher than the Thais at No. 2 in Group II, the visitors will be parading a tough lineup, led by veteran and world No. 190 Danai Udomchoke.

The 31-year old Udomchoke, the singled gold medalist in 2006 Doha Asian Games, led the Thais to a 4-1 drubbing of Kuwait in the opening grounds of the zone. The Thais also have former world top 10 Paradorn Srichapahan’s as non-playing team captain.

“This one is really more of a rivalry, so I think the crowd will be more on to it,” said Kraut in the session presented by Shakey’s and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

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