The two unbeaten teams at this week’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group III event in Tehran - Syria and Kuwait - went to head-to-head on Sunday with only bragging rights at stake having both already gained promotion.
Syria and Kuwait had finished top of their respective round-robin pools earlier in the week, and then wins against Iran and Malaysia respectively on Saturday confirmed their Group II status for 2013.
Sunday’s tie would decide which nation were crowned champions, and it was Syria who rose to the occasion and prevailed 3-0 against an under-strength Kuwait team, as captain Abdul Redha Alshatti elected to rest his top two players - Abdullah Maqdas and Mohammad Ghareeb - after their exertions over the last few days.
Issam Al Tawil got Syria off to a quick start by defeating Naser Al Obaidly 61 75, before Marc Abdulnour sealed the tie with a 62 64 win against Mohammed Abdal. The doubles pairing of Amer Naow and Majdi Salim sealed the whitewash.
Iran and Malaysia faced off for third and fourth place and the home fans were left disappointed as Malaysia claimed a 2-1 victory, courtesy of singles wins from Yew-Ming Si and Assri Merzuki.
The battle against relegation had also been decided on Saturday, when defeats for Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan confirmed the fact that they would be competing in Group IV in 2013.
So it was just pride to play for on Sunday with Bangladesh beating Kyrgyzstan 3-0 to get their first victory of the week and Vietnam toppling Oman by the same 3-0 scoreline.
The final positions are listed below:
1. Syria (promoted)
2. Kuwait (promoted)
7. Bangladesh (relegated)
8. Kyrgyzstan (relegated)
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