|Top seed Trịnh Linh Giang on the second day of VTF Pro Tour 3 – 3rd Open Viettravel Cup 2018. — Photo vtf.org.vn|
ĐÀ NẴNG — There were no surprises on the second day of the VTF Pro Tour 3 – 3rd Open Viettravel Cup 2018 as all seeds got through their matches smoothly.
In the opening round of men’s doubles, the pair of Hoàng Thành Trung and Ngô Đức Dương of The Police team scraped past Bùi Trí Nguyên and Nguyễn Anh Thắng from former hosts Hải Đăng Tây Ninh in three close sets.
The two pairs previously met in the quarterfinal stage of the VTF Pro Tour 2 held in southern province of Tây Ninh, where the host team won over The Police.
The encounter was seen as an early final in men’s doubles, as both teams were extremely experienced.
The match was a thriller from the start, as the two pairs scrambled for each point.
Trung and Dương surrendered the first set, 7-5, after being broken by Tây Ninh in the eleventh game.
The People’s Policeman team picked up the pace in the second set, with Dương hitting clever volleys and Trung anchoring the team’s defense off the ground.
Trung and Dương’s coordinated effort won them the set, 6-3, pushing the match to a decisive super tie-break.
The tension continued as the teams held on to 3-3, 5-5, and 7-7 deadlocks before The Policeman pairing successfully earned a break and won the decider, 10-8.
Other top seeds also had a productive day, as Minh Tuấn of hosts Đà Nẵng moved to the next round by beating Võ Văn Toàn 6-2 in first set and his rival quitted the match at 3-2 in the second set. Trịnh Linh Giang easily crushed Vũ Hà Minh Đức from Hà Nội at 6-1, 6-2.
The matches were held on June 6 at the Tuyên Sơn Sports Palace in Đà Nẵng.
The tournament will continue today with matches in the men’s and women’s singles events, along with quarterfinal action in men’s and women’s doubles. — VNS