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03 February 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II: Sunday


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Dennis MuthuthanthriHarshana Godamanna (SRI)

New Zealand v Lebanon

- Venue: Albany Tennis Park
- Location: Auckland, New Zealand
- Surface: Indoor Hard

New Zealand's singles stalwarts Daniel King-Turner and Artem Sitak delivered two more wins for thier country on Sunday, picking up where King-Turner and Marcus Daniell's decisive doubles victory left off on Saturday.

King-Turner wasted little time in defeated Ibrahim Abou Chahine 60 61 in just 45 minutes, while his team-mate Sitak was in even more of a hurry in demolishing Michael Massih 6-0, 6-0 in just 38 minutes.

New Zealand will now play the winner of Pakistan versus Sri Lanka in April for a chance of promotion the following September. Lebanon, meanwhile, will play the loser of that tie in what will be a battle to avoid the drop to Asia/Oceania Zone Group III in 2014.

Sri Lanka tied with Pakistan 2-2

- Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association
- Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Surface: Outdoor Clay

Harshana Godamanna kept the home team in the tie with a timely 64 63 64 win over Aqeel Khan which ensured that the fate of both teams will rest on a fifth rubber between Aisam Qureshi for Pakistan and Dineshkanthan Thangarajah for Sri Lanka.

The winning team will head into a second round meeting with New Zealand (see above), while the loser faces a relegation play-off in April against Lebanon to avoid slipping out of Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in 2014.

Thailand defeated Kuwait 4-1

- Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Centre
- Location: Meshref, Kuwait
- Surface: Outdoor Hard

Kuwait was forced to hand visitors Thailand the victory and a tie with Philippines in the Asia/Oceania Group II second round after Abdullah Maqdas retired from the first reverse singles tie with a left foot injury.

Maqdas had led Danai Udomchoke 62 03 when the injury forced him to quit just an hour and six minutes into the fourth rubber to hand Thailand an unassailable 3-1 lead. Pruchya Isaro compounded Kuwait's misery by winning the dead fifth rubber a minute quicker than that, defeating Nasser Al-Obaidly in 65 minutes.

Kuwait now need to defeat Syria in the play-off in April if they are to avoid relegation to Asia/Oceania Group III in 2014.

Philippines v Syria

- Venue: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
- Location: Lapu-Lapu, Philippines
- Surface: Outdoor Clay

Philippines had already wrapped up victory before the reverse singles on Sunday, but that didn’t dampen the Syrians enthusiasm to mark their place on the scoreboard. Beaten in their opening encounters, world No. 925 Issam Haitham Taweel battled to defeat Vicente Elberto Anasta 76(8) 61 64 before Marc Abdelnour negotiated Treat Huey 76(2) 62 as the visitors managed a respectable finish to their first round tie.

Syria will be on the road again in April when they travel to Kuwait in a bid to stay in Asia/Oceania Group II, while Philippines faces a second round tie away to Thailand knowing they are a step closer to promotion to Group I in 2014.

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