Mamiit beats Danai to win SEA Games gold
Cecil Mamiit beat Danai Udomchoke 6-3 6-0 on Friday to claim gold for the Philippines in men's singles tennis at the Southeast Asian Games.
Udomchoke beat his American-raised opponent in team play earlier in the event but the Thai sought treatment for a foot injury during the match. Udomchoke committed several unforced errors as he sought to compensate for reduced court movement.
In the women's singles final, Indonesia's Sandy Gumulya beat Thailand's Nudnida Luangnam 6-1, 7-6 (2).
Indonesia swept the badminton gold medal finals, winning all five in straight games.
The 2004 Olympic gold medalist and seventh-ranked Taufik Hidayat won the men's singles final over 24th-ranked Lee Yen Hui Kendrick of Singapore.
Indonesia's top-ranked female player Maria Kristin Yulianti won the women's final against her compatriot Adriyanti Firdasari. The established pair of Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido were too strong in the men's final, defeating Singapore's Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Hendra Wijaya.
In an all-Indonesian women's doubles finals, Vita Marissa and Natsir Liliyana beat Greysia Polii and Jo Novita. Polii and Novita had upset Malaysia's Wong Pey Tti and Chin Eei Hui in the quarterfinals.
In the mixed doubles final, the established pairing of Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa succeeded where compatriots Nova Widianto and Natsir had failed in the semifinals by beating Thai pair Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thuongthongkam.
Indonesia was helped by the absence of Malaysia's highly-rated Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles and Wong Mew Choo in the women's singles, and it will face a tougher task in next year's Olympics against the Chinese team.
Thailand took gold in an exciting conclusion to the baseball, beating the Philippines 5-4. In the final round robin match that served as a de facto final, Thailand led the Philippines 5-2 going into the ninth inning. The Philippines scored two runs in the top of the ninth before Thailand got the final out.
In volleyball, there was double disappointment for Vietnam, which was forced to settle for silver after losing the men's final to Indonesia and the women's final to Thailand, both in straight sets.