22 Mar 2013

Vietnam and Pakistan through to Final Qualifying

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Vietnam at the WJT Pre-Qualifying in Kuching, Malaysia.

Vietnam continued its unbeaten streak, sealing a place in the Asia/Oceania World Junior Tennis Final Qualifying event with a convincing win over Saudi Arabia. They will be joined there by Pakistan who upset second seeds Singapore in the semifinals.

Vietnam has not yet lost a match at the Pre-Qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia and will go in to tomorrow’s final brimming with confidence. Vietnam’s Dan Thien Nguyen has dropped just a handful of games this week in Kuching in helping his team win a place at the final qualifying event. He continued his impressive form today with a 62 61 win over Saudi Arabia’s Bader Turky A Alosis.

Pakistan has had a tough route to the final, fighting off stiff competition from third seeds Sri Lanka earlier in the week and today in the form of second seeds Singapore. Pakistan came through two marathon battles today, with both singles rubbers going the distance.

Muzamill Murtaza (PAK) was up 46 62 51 before Singapore’s Timothy Sing Teck Kuah was forced to retire. Pakistan’s Syed Nofil Kaleem then overcame Tze Ming Law (SIN) 76 46 63 to seal the win for his country and with it a place at the Final Qualifying event in Kuching in April.

The girls’ event came to a close today with Vietnam emulating the success of the boys’ team to win their group. Both Vietnam and Sri Lanka had already booked their places at the final qualifying event, however today faced off for the glory of first place. The tie went right down to the wire with the top seeds clinching the deciding doubles in three sets.

Full draws from Kuching can be found by clicking the following link: