Muscat: Oman national team faced another big challenge but scored a 2-1 victory over UAE in 2018 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group IV competition at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Friday. The victory was enough for Oman to top Pool A at the end of group ties and they play Guam in the play-offs today.
Guam defeated Tajikistan 3-0 and finished second in Pool B where Singapore finished on top after defeating Bahrain 3-0. Singapore play Pool A runner-up UAE in another play-off.
The winners of play-off ties will gain promotion to Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group III in 2019.
Against UAE, our star Mohammed al Nabhani faced some challenge from Abdulrahman al Janahi but managed to win the first singles rubber in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.
In the second singles, Abdullah al Barwani was defeated by Fahad Janahi 6-4, 6-1.
In the doubles rubber also, Mohammed al Nabhani and Abdullah al Barwani faced some challenge from Abdulrahman al Janahi and Fares al Janahi before scoring a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
Captain Siddiq al Hashimi: “Today was another tough day for us after yesterday’s tough tie against Myanmar. Mohammed gave us good start winning the first rubber. Though Abdullah lost the second, both Mohammed and Abdullah played well in the deciding doubles to give us the victory.”
“Obviously we are very thrilled with this victory. We are unbeaten in the group stage. We hope to continue the same in the play-off tomorrow.”
“The play-off tie against Guam is not going to be easy. They have played well in Pool B and lost only to Singapore and Bahrain. So we have to give our best to beat them and get the promotion.”
In Pool B, Singapore remained unbeaten after defeating Bahrain 3-0 on Friday.
In the first singles, Roy Hobbs defeated Elyas Abdulnabi 7-6 (2), 6-4 and then Shaheed Alam then made it 2-0 defeating Ali Dawani 6-3, 6-4.
In the doubles rubber, Shaheed Alam and Roy Alam defeated Hasan Abdulnabi and Ali Dawani 6-2, 7-6 (7).
Guam finished second in Pool B after defeating Tajikistan 3-0.
They won all their rubbers with 6-0, 6-0 scoreline with Mason Caldwell defeating Shakhrom Umarov 6-0, 6-0 and Jean Pierre Huynh defeating Firdavs Odinaev 6-0, 6-0 in the singles. In the doubles, Mason Caldwell and Jean Pierre Huynh defeated Azamat Mukhudinov and Shakhrom Umarov.
Iraq def Kyrgyzstan 3-0.
Akram Abdalkarem al Saady, Akram def Kirill Kistanov 6-1, 6-3.
Ali Khairi Hashim al Mayahi def Evgeniy Babak 6-3, 6-4.
Akram Abdalkarem al Saady/Adel Mustafa al Saedi def Evgeniy Babak/Georgy Kotlyarevsky 6-2, 7-5.
Myanmar def Bangladesh 2-1.
Aung Kyaw Naing def Mohammad Rana 6-0, 7-5.
Tin Myo Wai def Dipu Lal 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Zaw San Oo/Aung Myo Thant lost to Ranjan Ram/Sree-Amol Roy 2-6, 2-6.
Oman def UAE 2-1.
Mohammed al Nabhani def Abdulrahman al Janahi 7-5, 7-5.
Abdullah al Barwani lost to Fahad Janahi 1-6, 4-6.
Mohammed al Nabhani/Abdullah al Barwani def Abdulrahman al Janahi/Fares al Janahi 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
Singapore def Bahrain 3-0.
Roy Hobbs def Elyas Abdulnabi 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Shaheed Alam def Ali Dawani 6-3, 6-4.
Shaheed Alam/Roy Alam def Hasan Abdulnabi/Ali Dawani 6-2, 7-6 (7).
Guam def Tajikistan 3-0.
Mason Caldwell def Shakhrom Umarov 6-0, 6-0.
Jean Pierre Huynh def Firdavs Odinaev 6-0, 6-0.
Mason Caldwell/Jean Pierre Huynh def Azamat Mukhudinov/Shakhrom Umarov 6-0, 6-0.
Mongolia def Turkmenistan 2-1.
Munkhbaatar Badrakh def Hadzhymyrat Charyyev 6-4, 6-1.
Tamir Ankhbayar def Yuriy Roguskiy 4-6, 2-6.
Munkhbaatar Badrakh/Baatar Oyunbat def Atlymyrat Gurbanov/Yuriy Roguskiy 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
1st to 4th play-off
Oman v Guam
Singapore v UAE
5th to 6th play-off
Iraq v Bahrain
7th to 8th play-off
Myanmar v Mongolia
9th to 10th play-off
Bangladesh v Turkmenistan
11th to 12th play-off
Kyrgyzstan v Tajikistan.