Turkmenistan, Singapore, Qatar and Jordan commenced their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV encounters on a winning note at the Dubai Aviation Club on Monday.
Turkmenistan and Singapore were easy winners in Pool A with convincing 3-0 wins against Bangladesh and Bahrain, while Qatar and Jordan battled it out in Pool B before winning 2-1 against Saudi Arabia and Myanmar respectively.
Both Turkmenistan and Singapore kept things simple on the opening day of this week-long competition. Georgiy Pochay defeated Mohammad Akhtar Hussain 62 60 and Aleksandr Ernepesov made it 2-0 for Turkmenistan with a 64 64 win over Sree Amol Roy. In the doubles, Eziz Dovletov and Georgiy Pochay breezed past Mohammad Jamil Bhuiyan and Sree Biplob Ram 61 62.
In the second Pool A encounter, Rohan Kamdar had an easy 63 61 win over Yusuf Qaed and the well-travelled Roy Alif Hobbs ensured the tie with a 63 64 win over Hasan Abdul Nabi.
The Singapore pair of Basir Koh Fu Rong and fast-improving teenager Issac Jie Yong Ong then defeated Abdul Karim Abdul Nabi and Hasan Abdul Nabi 61 64 to secure an early night back to the team hotel.
“The weather was a huge factor, but we are pleased the way we applied ourselves out there today,” Singapore captain Hassan Bin Bohari said.
“These players have trained hard and I think we have Group III within our sights for next year. However, this is only the first day. In Davis Cup it is how you perform on all the days. I can only hope that they sustain this momentum,” Bohari added.
Turkmenistan coach Viktor Krasanov was in a buoyant mood. “This is the sort of start we were expecting and I am glad we did it easily,” he said.
“The main thing is to maintain the momentum now,” he added.
In Pool B, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were tied 1-1 after the singles with Fahad Al Saad giving Saudi Arabia the lead after beating veteran Sultan Khalfan Al Alawi 64 76 (6). But Mubarak Ziyad brought the teams on level terms with a 63 63 win over Saleh l Rajeh. In the deciding doubles, Mousa Zayed and Mubarak Zayid got the better of Saleh Al Rajeh and Fahad Al Saad 60 64 to ensure the win.
Qatar’s Morocco coach Mounir Elaarej was pleased with the win. “This is a huge revenge for us after losing 2-1 against Saudi Arabia in the recent Gulf Tennis Championships. We lost the first singles, but we simply believed we could turn things around in the second singles and doubles,” he added.
In the second match, Zaw Zaw Latt took his time to settle in before winning 46 60 60 over Jordan’s Fawaz El Hourani. But Jordan leveled things up with Mohammad Al Aisowi defeating Aung Kyaw Naing 62 61. Mohammad Al Aisowi and Hamzeh Fayez Al Aswad then teamed up to beat Nge Hnaung and skipper Min Min 76(2) 63 and get their campaign off to a winning note.
“We were worried against Myanmar as we knew it has never been easy against them,” admitted Jordan captain Hazem Adas, who also is the president of the Jordan Tennis Association.
“In recent times, we’ve lost to Myanmar twice and been denied a promotion to Group III. So we were a bit tentative at the start. But now we are very happy to get off with a win,” he added.
In second day action on Tuesday, Turkmenistan will take on Singapore, while Bangladesh will face Iraq in Pool A, while in Pool B, Qatar will be up against Kyrgystan and Jordan will take on Saudi Arabia.
Turkmenistan d. Bangladesh 3-0: Georgiy Pochay d. Mohammad Akhtar Hossain 62 60; Aleksandr Ernepesov d. Sree Amol Roy 64 64; Eziz Dovletov and Georgiy Pochay d. Mohammad Jamil Bhuiyan and Sree Biplob Ram 61 62.
Singapore d. Bahrain 3-0: Rohan Kamdar d. Yusuf Qaed 63 61; Roy Alif Hobbs d. Hasan Abdul Nabi 63 64; Basir Rong Fu Koh and Issac Jie Yong Ong d. Abdul Karim Abdul Nabi and Hasan Abdul Nabi 61 64.
Qatar d. Saudi Arabia 2-1: Sultan Khalfan Al Alawi lost to Fahad Al Saad 46 67(6); Mubarak Zayid d. Saleh Al Rajeh 63 63; Mousa Zayed and Mubarak Zayid d. Saleh Al Rajeh and Fahad Al Saad 60 64.
Jordan d. Myanmar 2-1: Fawaz El Hourani lost to Zaw Zaw Latt 64 06 06; Mohammad Al Aisowi d. Aung Kyaw Naing 62 61; Mohammad Al Aisowi and Hamzeh Fayez Al Aswad d. Nge Hnaung and Min Min 76(2) 63.
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