Turkmenistan created history by entering Group III for the very first time in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone encounters being held at the Dubai Aviation Club.
A regular Davis Cup participant since 2004, Turkmenistan defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their promotion tie here on Saturday to book their spot for Group III for 2014.
To date, Turkmenistan’s best in Davis Cup was a fifth place in Group IV in 2007. Their first victories after 14 defeats, came over Bahrain and Jordan in the same year. After that, their best had been a fourth place in Pool B in 2008.
Georgiy Pochay took his time to settle in before bouncing back for a 16 63 63 win over Fahad Al Saad while Aleksandr Ernepesov breezed past Saleh Al Rajeh 61 62 to cement the win and the promotion.
“This is such a historic moment for tennis in Turkmenistan. We could not have asked for a better gift for these young players who have worked so hard in the past few months to make this moment a reality,” captain Viktor Krasanov lauded.
“Going into Group III means a new set of challenges and we will gladly accept these as this can only mean bigger and better things for a young country like ours,” he added.
In 2012, Turkmenistan had lost to Cambodia in the play-offs. “But this year we were prepared to take the step upwards. And now that we have achieved this we will work even harder to ensure we keep up the good work,” a satisfied Turkmenistan captain noted.
Also assuring their place in Group III was Singapore, although in a completely different manner following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Qatar. Teenager Issac Yong Jie Ong subdued Mubarak Zayid 62 76(5) only to see Mousa Zayed restore parity with a 67(4) 75 63 win over the experienced Roy Alif Hobbs.
In the deciding doubles, Roy Alif Hobbs and Rohan Kamdar got the better of Sultan Khalfan Al Alawi and Mousa Zayed 64 62 and book their spot for Group III next year.
Meanwhile, the Group IV placements were also decided with Jordan defeating Bahrain to clinch fifth place, while Myanmar got the better of Bangladesh to take seventh spot and Iraq took ninth place after registering their only win in this encounter against bottom-placed Kyrgystan.