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12 September 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV: Thursday


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Qatar rounded off their round-robin matches with an all-win record leaving Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia to tussle for the second spot in Pool B of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV event at the Dubai Aviation Club on Thursday.

Qatar secured their fourth win in as many days with a 3-0 result over Myanmar to top Pool B and earn a well-deserved rest day on Friday before starting off with the knockout round on Saturday.

“This has been fantastic for us, and to finish at the top of our pool is something we can look back with satisfaction,” Qatar coach Mounir Elaarej said.

“We go into our rest day with a lot of confidence so that we can return on Saturday to fight for a position in Group III,” the coach from Morocco added.

Saudi Arabia strengthened their position to qualify as the second best team in the pool with a 3-0 stroll against winless Kyrgystan. Saudi Arabia will take on Myanmar in their final round-robin on Friday and only a win will ensure them a place in the next stages of the competition.

“We have everything to play for tomorrow against Myanmar. It is now in our hands to win or lose. After that first day loss [against Qatar] our players took a bit of a shake in confidence, but two wins on the trot has put them on a high,” said Saudi Arabia captain Omar Al Thagib.

“We are on the right road and I trust my players to give off their best and deliver on Friday and we can be fighting for a place in Group III,” he added.

Turkmenistan, meanwhile, continued their unbeaten spree in Pool A with yet another dominant performance that saw them defeat Iraq 3-0.

Bahrain too improved their prospects for a place in the next round with a fighting 2-1 win over Bangladesh. However, they will have a mountain to climb in Friday’s last round-robin match when they take on pool leaders Turkmenistan, while the other hopefuls Singapore will have a comparatively easy outing as they take on Iraq.

Turkmenistan captain Viktor Krasanov was hopeful his team would end the round-robin on a high. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work during the summer and all this is paying off for us,” Krasanov said.

“We want to go all the way and win Group IV and advance to Group III for next season,” he promised.

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