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31 January 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II: Thursday


Photo: Dwiari SetyadiDanai Udomchoke (THA)

New Zealand v Lebanon

- Venue: Albany Tennis Park
- Location: Auckland, New Zealand
- Surface: Indoor Hard

New Zealand's Daniel King-Turner will spearhead New Zealand's first round tie against Lebanon in Auckland. King-Turner takes on Michael Missah in the opening rubber of the home tie at Albany Tennis Park before his compatriot Artem Sitak faces Lebanon's Karim Alayli in Friday's second match.

Saturday sees King-Turner in doubles action alongside Marcus Daniell when they take on Alayli and Ibrahim Abou-Chahine before Sunday's reverse singles get underway with King-Turner facing Alayli. Sitak and Massih will round off the weekend in the fifth and final rubber.

R1: Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Michael Missah (LIB)
R2: Artem Sitak (NZL) v Karim Alayli (LIB)

R3: Marcus Daniell/Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Ibrahim About Chahine/Karim Alayli (LIB)

R4: Daniel King-Turner (NZL) v Karim Alayli (LIB)
R5: Artem Sitak (NZL) v Miohael Massih (LIB)

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

- Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association
- Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Surface: Outdoor Clay

Aisam Qureshi could prove to be Pakistan's lynchpin once more when his side takes on Sri Lanka in Columbo this weekend, though it falls to Qureshi's team-mate Aqeel Khan to open for the away team. Khan faces Dineshkanthan Thangarajah in the opening rubber before Qureshi plays what is likely to be the first of three matches, against Harshana Godamanna.

Saturday sees Qureshi and Khan double up to take on Godamanna and Rajeev Rajapakse in the third rubber before Sunday's reverse singles, featuring first Godamanna against Khan and then Thangarajah against the uquititous Qureshi.

R1: Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK) 
R2: Harshana Godamanna (SRI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

R3: Harshana Godamanna/Rajeev Rajapakse (SRI) v Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

R4:  Harshana Godamanna (SRI) v Aqeel Khan (PAK)
R5:  Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

Kuwait v Thailand

- Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Centre
- Location: Meshref, Kuwait
- Surface: Outdoor Hard

Kuwait's Mohmmad Ghareeb faces Thailand's evergreen Davis Cup hero Danai Udomchoke in the opening rubber in Meshref before Abdullah Maqas takes on Kittiphong Wachiramanowong to round off Friday's action. Saturday sees Ghareeb and Maqas take to the outdoor hard court again in the doubles, this time taking on Thailand's Pruchya Isaro and Nuttanon Kadchapanan.

Sunday's reverse singles sees Maqas nominated to play Udomchoke before Ghareeb plays Wachiramanowong in the fifth and final rubber of the weekend.

R1: Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Danai Udomchoke (THA)
R2: Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA)

R3: Ghareeb/Maqdas (KUW) v Pruchya Isaro/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA)

R4: Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) v Danai Udomchoke (THA)
R5: Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) v Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA)

Philippines v Syria

- Venue: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
- Location: Lapu-Lapu, Philippines
- Surface: Outdoor Clay

Syria travel to Philippines looking to match their best ever Davis Cup progress when they reached the second round of Asia/Oceania Zone Group II back in 1988. They have largely retained the group of players that won promotion from Group III last year with Issam Haitham Taweel and Marc Abdelnour preferred in singles before the latter pairs with Majdi Salim for the doubles.

Philippines have also gone with largely familiar faces who reached the Final of Group II only to miss out of promotion. Ruben Gonzalez is preferred to Treat Huey as the second singles player alongside Johnny Arcilla. Vincente Elberto Anasta has been nominated in four prevuious ties but has played in only one dead rubber but has been placed alongside Huey for Saturday's third rubber.

R1: Johnny Arcilla (PHI) v Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR)
R2: Ruben Gonzalez (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour (SYR)

R3: Vincente Elberto Anasta/Treat Huey (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour/Majdi Salim (SYR)

R4: Ruben Gonzalez (PHI) v Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR)
R5: Johnny Arcilla (PHI) v Marc Abdelnour (SYR)

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