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11 September 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV: Wednesday


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Photo: Paul Zimmer/Martin SidorjakThe Davis Cup trophy

Qatar maintained its unbeaten run on the third day of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV event being played at the Dubai Aviation Club on Wednesday.

The Gulf nation secured their third win on the trot with a 2-1 result against Jordan to stay on top of Pool A, while Turkmenistan – the only other unbeaten team in Pool B – had an off day on Wednesday.

Singapore strengthened their claim for a place in the ‘qualifying group’ from Pool A along with Turkmenistan with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bangladesh, while in a Pool B match Myanmar returned from their break on Tuesday to secure a 3-0 thrashing of winless Kyrgystan and Bahrain – 0-3 losers to Singapore on the opening day – came back roaring from their break to outlast Iraq 2-1.

Ironically, Iraq had defeated Bahrain last year by the same scoreline in their fight for the night and tenth place. “We should have finished off the encounter in the singles itself,” moaned Bahrain captain Esam Abdulaal.

“I can’t explain it, but somehow it looked like our players dropped their level a bit in the singles and that is how we put ourselves under pressure. We are up against Bangladesh next and we need to do much better than this if we are to advance to the next group,” he added.

Singapore was seen struggling after their best player Rohan Kamdar could not play his singles due to a suspected viral bug. The young Issac Yong Jie Ong did well to secure a 76(2) 60 win over Mohammad Jamil Bhuiyan.

But the seasoned Roy Alif Hobbs went down in straight sets 57 57 against Sree Amol Roy to set up the decisive doubles that saw Rohan Kamdar drafted with Roy Alif Hobbs to see Singapore through 75 62 for their second win after three days.

“We had no option but field Rohan [Kamdar] in the doubles. It was the most important match for us at that stage and I will take the win whatever the consequences,” beamed Singapore captain Hassan Bin Bohari.

“We get an off day on Thursday and that should give us time to recuperate and get ready for our crucial match against Iraq on Friday,” he added.

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