Four years of persistence paid off for Vietnam as they made a re-entry along with Hong Kong China into Group II of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone encounters that concluded on Sunday at the Dubai Aviation Club.
Hong Kong China had nearly assured itself of a promotion on Saturday following a fourth straight win, but it was a tough task for Vietnam as they faced the unbeaten Hong Kong China side on Sunday.
Ognian Kolev won in three sets against Hoang Thien Nguyen to give Hong Kong the lead, only to see Philip King go down in three sets to Minh Tuan Pham. Captain Minh-Quan Do teamed up with Quoc-Khanh Le to defeat Siu Chuen Lam and Hei Yin Li to assure itself an entry into Group II along with Hong Kong China.
Vietnam first played Davis Cup between 1964 and 1974, but didn’t compete again until 2003. “This is quite a bit of history for Vietnam. And now that we’ve advanced to Group II we need to sit down and draw up a long-term strategy as we will need to be tough for next year,” captain Do said.
Playing for the fourth consecutive year in Group III, Vietnam had struggled last year when the ties were held in Tehran after losing two of their three round-robins. However, Vietnam had avoided relegation to Group IV after wins over Bangladesh and Oman.
Meanwhile, the group placings were also settled with Malaysia securing third with a 3-0 win over Cambodia, while Iran defeated a second-string UAE 3-0 to take fifth place.
Already relegated to Group IV for 2014, Pacific Oceania and Oman battled well into the night with Pacific Oceania settling for a consolation seventh position and Oman occupying the cellar.