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Advantage to Wong, Mohd Andi
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Billy Wong (pic) and Mohd Andi Hambali edged Pg Aki Ismasufian Pg Hj Ibrahim and Mohd Aiman Abdullah 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 to take the lead of the Brunei Darussalam Tennis Association (BDTA) Open Men's Doubles 1st Leg 2014 yesterday.

The other match saw Francis Xavier Golez and Juliano Licup secure a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jay Yong and Jermaine Francis, while Abdul Rasheed Abdullah and his partner Izannie Abu Bakar won via a walkover.

Wong and Andi have now gone four games undefeated to seal their spot in the final at the National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas tomorrow.

Wong believed that there was always going to be a chance to win heading into the match.

"It's just that our combined experience is much less than Pg Aki and Aiman," Wong told The Brunei Times.

"Andi is still fairly young, so as a senior player I was just trying to guide him through the match but there was still that chance of winning.

"This was more of a learning experience for us actually because we knew we would most probably meet in the final.

"We will take some lessons from here and we will have a different game plan (final) but we're just happy to learn.

"We were just using this as a stepping stone, you could say, and to strengthen our partnership.

"Essentially we just want to get used to one another more," added Wong.

The action continues with Andi and Wong taking on Rasheed and Izannie while Yong and Francis go head to head with Siddesh Mahadehwar and Arun Isak Ravi Kumar at 7pm today.

The remaining match will see Aiman and Pg Aki take on Golez and Licup for the remaining spot in the final.

Both teams sit on the table with three wins and one loss.

"I don't know if we will be in the final on Sunday because we still haven't finished all our matches and we might lose to Licup and Golez tomorrow," Pg Aki said.

"So like I said we will approach it one match at a time and tomorrow is another day and we will continue to play, have fun and enjoy," he said.

Despite losing to Andi and Wong, Pg Aki was happy that he and Aiman put up a good fight and agreed that they were their toughest competition so far.

"Like I said in the beginning it will be a tough game for us and it could have gone either way," said Pg Aki.

"It's all about the mental toughness from each team and they turned out to be the better team, so congratulations to them.

"I think the game plan of both teams were working, the first set they executed their game plan well but in the second we did, so it's a matter of how we hold up to each other.

"It's always an honour to play with good players like these," said Pg Aki.

Courtesy from Brunei Times