Dy Enjoys Great Run At Southeast Asia Games

Dec. 17, 2009

LAOS - Denise Dy may have moved halfway around the world, but a change in setting did nothing to change her level of play, which has been top-notch ever since the summer. Dy spent the past week competing for the Philippines in the Southeast Asia Games in Laos, and held her own with a number of veteran professional players, reaching at least the semifinals in women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

Dy, who is likely just a few weeks away from jumping into the Top-20 when the new ITA rankings surface in January, continued the stellar play that brought her the first ITA Northwest Regional title in UW history and carried her to the semifinals at the ITA National Indoor Championships in November.

First up was a team tournament, structured like a shortened Davis Cup match with two singles matches and a doubles match. Dy played second singles for the Philippines and won both her singles matches as the team reached the semifinals. In the semis against Thailand, Dy had a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Suchanun Viratprasert, currently ranked 273rd in the world by the WTA and who has been ranked in the Top-200.

In the individual singles tourney, Dy once again overcame Viratprasert in the quarterfinals, this time coming back from a set down and winning a third-set tiebreaker, 7-5. In the semis, Dy lost a tough 7-5, 6-4 decision to Lavinia Tananta of Indonesia, the world's 406th-rakned player.

Dy had a pair of talented doubles partners for the women's and mixed draws, in Riza Zalameda and Cecil Mamiit. Zalameda is a former UCLA All-American, having just graduated in 2008, and was the 2008 NCAA Doubles Champion. Mamiit was the NCAA Singles Champion for USC in 1996, and has enjoyed a long pro career, playing in the main singles draw of nearly 20 Grand Slam events.

Dy and Zalameda advanced all the way to the doubles final, capturing the silver medal after a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 setback in the title match to Tamarine Tanasugarn and Varatchaya Wongteanchai of Thailand. Tanasugarn is one of the world's best, having finished in the Top-40 five times this decade. She made the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals in 2008, losing to Venus Williams, and has been ranked as high as 19th in the world and owns wins over Top-10 players such as Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic.

In the mixed doubles semis, Dy again went up against Tanasugarn and her partner, Sanchai Ratiwatana who just last year was ranked a career-high 39th in men's doubles. Dy and Mamiit had their run ended, 6-4, 6-2.

Dy will head back to Seattle for the start of Washington's dual season, which starts with the Michigan Invitational on Jan. 14. The first home match for UW is against BYU on Jan. 23 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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