PH’s Huey falls short in Australian Open

Treat Huey's Australian Open bid ended too quickly.
By Kristoffer Ed Bellen

MANILA--Treat Huey’s campaign in the 2018 Australian Open ended early after he and his partner Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil yielded a 6-7, 4-6 defeat against Poland’s Marcin Matkowski and Pakistan’s Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi at the first round of the Men’s Doubles event in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday.

Huey and Demoliner failed to overcome all of their three match breakpoints, including two in that intense first set where both tandems had to go through a tie-break before the 15th seeded Matkowski and Qureshi rallied to prevail, 8-6, and eventually securing a seat into the second round after one hour and 24 minutes.

Matkowski and Qureshi fared well despite a searing 39-degree heat at Court 12 by asserting their own pair of hotness after firing a total of eight service aces against Huey and Demoliner’s own five, while also eking out the latter in total winners, 27-25.

The duo also converted one of their five breakpoints to finish with an eight-point advantage over Huey and Demoliner in the total points won, 75-63.

On the other hand, Huey and Demoliner, who first teamed up at the ASB Classic in Auckland this year, posted an efficient display at their first serves with 63 percent going in despite having four double faults.

It is the first time that the two paired up for a Grand Slam event but it can be recalled that they have already faced each other with different partners at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2016.

Huey holds a 2-0 head-to-head lead against Demoliner in the Emirates ATP doubles head-to-head after defeating the Brazilian in both three setter affairs at the Round of 32 Down Under and at The Championships with Belarus’ Max Mirnyi two years ago.

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