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Davis Cup Asia Oceana Group II

Pakistan's Qureshi, Khan Complete Comeback Victory over Philippines

Thailand Cruises Past Kuwait 4-1

Former World No.8 doubles star Qureshi proved he's an awesome singles player. Photo daviscup.com

April 6 2014 ITS Staff Manila, Philippines – Pakistan’s Aisam Qureshi capped a strong rally in a Davis Cup victory for over highly-favored Philippine team after beating Patrick-John Tierro 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the decisive rubber to complete a comeback win in the second round of the Asia Oceana tie at the Philippine Columbian Association indoor clay courts on Sunday.

 

In the fourth rubber, Aqeel Khan gave Qureshi, the U.S. Open doubles finalist in 2010, the opportunity to clinch with an earlier defeat of 7-time PCA Open champion Johnny Arcilla when the latter retired with the score 4-6, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, 5-1 due to leg cramps. The result was a turn-around from Friday, when Tierro beat Khan and Ruben Gonzales beat Samir Iftikhar, both in straight sets to give the Filipinos a commanding 2-0 lead. The visitors began to turn the momentum on Saturday when Khan and Qureshi teamed up to beat Ruben Gonzales and 2-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Treat Huey in straight sets in the doubles rubber.

 

Last year Pakistan lost in the second round to New Zealand, who earned promotion to Group I by beating the Philippines in a third-round epic final.  Two years ago the Pakistanis were demolished 5-0 by Philippines in the second round. Pakistan now face Thailand in September. The Thai squad have beaten Kuwait 4-1 with the winner promoted to Group I for the 2015 Davis Cup. Pakistan can move to Group I which includes  China, South Korea and New Zealand. 

Philippines 2 :  Pakistan 3

R1 P.TIERRO 7-5 6-4 6-4 A.KHAN

R2 R.GONZALES 6-4 6-3 6-1 S.IFTIKHAR

R3 T.HUEY/R.GONZALES 5-7 3-6 2-6 A.KHAN/A.QURESHI

R4 J.ARCILLA  6-4 1-6 6-2 3-6 1-5 ret  A.KHAN

R5 P.TIERRO 2-6 3-6 6-3 4-6 A.QURESHI

Qureshi, Khan Keep Pakistan Hopes Alive; Defeat Philippines Huey, Gonzales in Crucial Doubles Rubber

Qureshi, Khan celebrates doubles win. Photo by Dennis Muthuthanthri daviscup.com

April 5, 2014 ITS Staff Manila, Philippines - Pakistan’s Aisam Qureshi, former World Doubles No.8 (currently ATP No.27), and Aqeel Khan showed their vast array of skills in a masterful victory over Philippines’ World Doubles No.25 Treat Huey and No.167 Ruben Gonzales winning 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in the crucial third rubber on Saturday.  

 

The victory cut the Philippines’ lead to 2-1 in the second round of the Asia/Oceania Group 2 semi-finals Davis Cup tie played at Philippine Columbian Association indoor clay courts after Gonzales and Patrick Tierro gave the hosts a commanding lead posting straight set singles victories on Friday.

 

Qureshi, who reached the U.S Open doubles finals in 2010 (w. Bopanna), gave his team hope for Sunday’s reverse singles rubbers after breaking Huey and Gonzales on the sixth game to clinch the first set then never looked back dominating the second and third sets of the best of five contest.

Gonzales, Huey were unable to clinch the tie Saturday. Photo Joey Mendoza philstar.com

Huey, who reached consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals at the 2013 U.S. Open and 2014 Australian Open (w. Inglot), appeared to be playing under-the-weather and was unable to assist Gonzales in matching the intensity heaped on by the Pakistani team’s relentless pressure.

 

“We just tried to play more aggressive and not get bothered by the crowd and conditions” Qureshi was quoted after the match by Joey Villar of Philstar.

 

After the match, Cebuana Lhuillier Philippine Davis Cup team captain Roland Kraut said that the normally energetic 28-year old left-hander complained of a stomach ailment in the middle of the first set and couldn’t shake it off. Huey and Qureshi, who are both part of the weekly globe-trotting ATP tour, were both in Miami during the Sony Open just several days ago where Qureshi failed to defend the Miami doubles crown he won in 2013 (w. Rojer). Tie Details

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Gonzales, Tierro Give Philippines 2-0 Lead Against Pakistan

ATP Stars Treat Huey, Aisam Qureshi Headline Doubles on Saturday

Tierro defeated Khan in straight sets. Photo courtesy of Roland Kraut

April 4 2014 ITS Staff Manila, Philippines – Ruben Gonzales and Patrick Tierro gave the Philippines a commanding 2-0 lead against Pakistan with convincing straight set singles victories on Friday in the second round tie of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group II at the Philippine Columbian Association indoor clay courts.

 

In the opening rubber, the hosts No.2 singles player Tierro defeated Aqeel Khan in straight sets 7-5 6-4 6-4 while No.1 Gonzales cruised past Samir Iftikhar in dominating fashion 6-4 6-3 6-1 in the second rubber.

 

The Cebuana Lhuillier Philippine Davis Cup team can clinch the tie on Saturday’s doubles rubber with World No. 25 ATP doubles player Treat Huey teaming up with 7-time PCA champion Johnny Arcilla against World No.27 ranked and 2010 U.S. Open finalist Aisam Qureshi in tandem with Khan. 

 

The former World No.8 Qureshi, together with India’s Rohan Bopanna won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February defeating Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić. In Indian Wells last month, the Indo-Pak pair were upset in the first round by 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and reigning Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka before a standing-room-only crowd.

 

Huey, meantime, reached his second consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals at the Australian Open with regular tour partner Dominik Inglot of Great Britain after beating No.7 seeds Qureshi and Bopanna in the last 16s.

 

The winner will face either Thailand or Kuwait in September for a chance to be promoted to Group I where China, Uzbekistan, India, and Korea are currently vying for a World Group qualifying spot.

Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi (w.Bopanna) vs Federer/Wawrinka

Philippines To Host Pakistan in Manila After Site Switch by Davis Cup Committee

Philippine Davis Cup team in Sri Lanka in January. Photo courtesy of Roland Kraut

April 3 2014 ITS Staff Manila, Philippines - The Philippine team will host Pakistan at the Philippine Columbian Association indoor clay courts in Paco, Manila on April 4th - 6th for the second round tie of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group II.

 

The venue was originally set in Pakistan as dictated by the home-and-away rule, but due to security concerns in the region, the Davis Cup Committee decided to award the site chosen by the Philippine team.  

 

The Cebuana Lhuillier Philippine Davis Cup team captain Roland Kraut has entered ATP World No.25 doubles and two-time Grand Slam doubles quarter-finalist Treat Huey alongside No.1 singles player Ruben Gonzales, 7-time PCA Open champion Johnny Arcilla, and Patrick John Tierro, last week's ITF Futures Olivarez Cup semi-finalist. 

 

The Pakistani team captain Mohammed Khalid has nominated ATP World No.27 doubles player and Dubai doubles winner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Aqeel Khan, Yasir Khan and Samir Iftikhar. Tie Details

Thailand Defeats Kuwait 4-1

bangkokpost.com: April 7 2014 Bangkok - Thailand's Davis Cup team yesterday secured a 4-1 victory over Kuwait to reach the final of the Asia/Oceania Zone Group 2, where they will face Pakistan. The Thai team will meet Pakistan in the finals after beating the Philippines 3-2 team. The final day of the Davis Cup competition at the National Tennis Development Centre in Muang Thong Thani yesterday was the reverse singles match. Thailand held a 2-1 lead heading into yesterday's reverse singles in Muang Thong Thani and Prachya Isarow beat Mohammad Ghareeb 6-2, 7-6 (14/12), 1-6, 6-1 to claim the tie. 

Thailand vs Kuwait

R1 P.ISAROW 6-0 6-0 6-0 A.ALSHATTI

R2 W. TRONGCHAROENCHAIKUL 6-3 6-7(8) 6-7(4) 6-3 5-7 M.GHAREEB

R3 P.ISAROW/N. KADCHAPANAN 7-6(2) 7-5 6-3 H.AL MOUSA /M.GHAREEB

R4 P.ISAROW 6-2 7-6(12) 1-6 6-1 M.GHAREEB

R5 W.TRONGCHAROENCHAIKUL 6-3 6-4 A.ALSHATTI

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