Treat Huey, Indonesian partner out of Australian Open men’s doubles

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) – The Southeast Asian pair of Filipino tennis star Treat Huey and his Indonesian teammate Christopher Rungkat bowed out of the 2022 Australian Open men’s doubles play on Friday.

The duo was eliminated by hometown bets Dane Sweeny and Li Tu in straight sets, 6-7 (6-8), 4-6, in the second-round match that lasted for an hour and 20 minutes at the Kia Arena.

The Australian combo took control of the game in the early part of the first set, before the Huey-Rungkat tandem stole the momentum to lead 5-3 courtesy of their strong service points that forced errors on the opposition.

The Asians appeared to be a win away from securing the set advantage when their Australian counterparts started to unleash shots from all zones to snatch the lead back at 6-5.

Huey and Rungkat forced a deciding 13th game thanks to a backhand error from Sweeny and Tu.

The Filipino-Indonesian one-two punch had a comfortable 6-3 lead in the last set, but their opponents scored the last five points from their powerful backhand and forehand shots to gain the set advantage.

Sweeny and Tu asserted their domination in the second set as they established a 5-1 lead and were poised to end the match early.

Yet, the Asian athletes wouldn't go quietly as Huey and Rungkat orchestrated a sort of comeback by winning three straight games for a 4-5 deficit. It was then that the Sweeny-Tu partnership scored a crucial ace and forehand shot to seal their ticket to the third round of the tournament.

The loss meant the end of a significant campaign for Huey who competed in his first Grand Slam tournament since the 2018 Australian Open.

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