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10 September 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV: Tuesday


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Photo: Qatar Tennis FederationGeorgiy Pochay, Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan and Qatar were the two unbeaten teams after two days of play in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV event being held at the Dubai Aviation Club.

Turkmenistan went to the top, while Bangladesh secured their first win in the two Pool A matches played on Tuesday. And Qatar too registered their second win in as many matches with an easy 3-0 victory over Kyrgystan, while Saudi Arabia bagged their first win with a 2-1 result over Jordan in a match that ended exactly at midnight.

Comfortable winners against Bangladesh on the opening day, Turkmenistan had to dig in deep before scampering away with a 2-1 win against Singapore, while Bangladesh did well to for a deserving 2-1 win over Iraq in the two Pool A matches.

At the end of two days of the round-robin matches, it is Turkmenistan and Qatar keeping an unbeaten record to head Pool A and B respectively.

Saudi Arabia, who went down 1-2 against Qatar on the opening day, did well to keep themselves in the fray with a 2-1 win over Jordan.

“We needed this win to keep ourselves in the competition. We are aware that Qatar is the stronger team in our pool and after our loss to them on Monday our target is to win the remaining matches so that we can give ourselves a chance for the qualifying pool,” captain Omar Al Thagib said.

“Once we reach the qualifying pool of four teams then anything can happen. Our players are ready for the challenges ahead, but for the time-being we need to concentrate on winning the remaining two ties,” he added.

Also relieved after recording a first win here was Bangladesh captain Shaikh Moin Uddin Walli Ullah Jhelun. “Our team is going through a re-construction of sorts. We have just one senior player [Sree Amol Roy] and the remaining are all juniors who are being developed keeping the next three years in mind,” Jhelun said.

“Davis Cup is a mental pressure game and anyone who is capable of handling this pressure will come out winning. Honestly, we have come to Dubai to give this team the exposure so that they can be ready for the future,” he added.

In day three action on Wednesday, Iraq will play Bahrain and Bangladesh will face Singapore in the two Pool A matches, while Qatar will take on Jordan and Kyrgystan will face Myanmar in Pool B.

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