Photo: Big Dog Sport PhotographerMuzammil Murtaza (PAK)
Pakistan continued their impressive run with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Syria to book their place in the semifinals of the Asia/Oceania World Junior Tennis Pre-Qualifying event.
Muzammil Murtaza drew first blood for Pakistan with a three set victory over Rabee Sleem (SYR) before Mohamed Hazem Naw levelled the tie for Syria. The deciding doubles went right down to the wire with the Pakistani duo of Murtaza and Abdaal Haider sealing victory in the third set. Pakistan will now face top seeds Vietnam in the semifinal.
In the other half of the draw, third seeds Sri Lanka suffered a second defeat, this time to Saudi Arabia. Sri Lanka's Aadavan Pushparaj got his team off to a promising start with a three-set victory over Mohammed Abdullah Alotaibi before Faisal Abdulaziz S Alrebdi levelled the tie in another three set battle.
Alrebdi then teamed up with Bader Turky A Alosus to clinch victory in the deciding doubles and secure Saudi Arabia’s place in the semifinals, where they will face second seeds Singapore.
The girls’ event came to a finish yesterday with Vietnam finishing top of their group after a win over Sri Lanka in the last tie of the round robin group.
Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan were locked in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon with Leila Azimova and Ansari Abildaeva coming out on top in the deciding doubles to seal the win for Kyrgyzstan and take 3rd place. Vietnam and Sri Lanka will both progress to the final qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia in April.
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