Hong Kong move within one win of Davis Cup progress after doubles success over Vietnam

Michael Walker’s side only need to win one of Sunday’s reverse singles to advance to the second round of the Asia/Oceania Group Two bracket

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 February, 2017, 1:32pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 February, 2017, 1:49pm

Hong Kong moved within touching distance of a place in the second round of the Davis Cup’s Asia/Oceania Group Two bracket after Karan Rastogi and Wong Chun-hun won Saturday’s doubles rubber against Vietnam in Hanoi.

Rastogi and Wong Chun-hun beat Ly Hoang Nam and Nguyen Hoang Thien 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 at Hanoi’s Phu Tho Tennis Club to hand Hong Kong a 2-1 lead in best-of-five contest ahead of Sunday’s reserve singles.

On Friday, Michael Walker’s side split the opening day singles with the hosts as Hong Kong number one Jack Wong Hong-kit beat Nguyen Hoang Thien 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 before Andrew Li Hei-yin lost 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to Ly Hoang Nam.

On Sunday, world number 911 Jack Wong Hong-kit faces world number 635 Ly Hoang Nam before Li takes on Nguyen Hoang Thien, with Hong Kong only needing to win one of the matches to advance to a second round tie with Pakistan.

Pakistan, who are the top seed in the section, have already secured progress after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in their tie with Iran in Islamabad.

The second round tie will take place between April 7-9.