Oman beat Iraq for second win; UAE, Bahrain prevail

MUSCAT, Jan 30 – Oman followed up their opening win with another 3-0 victory against Iraq after being tested on the second day of the 2018 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group IV competition in Muscat on Tuesday. It was not that easy against Iraq as the hosts were made to work hard in all three rubbers at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. Experienced player Mohammed al Nabhani gave Oman a good start again with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Akram Abdalkarem al Saady in the first singles rubber.
In the second singles rubber, young Abdullah al Barwani showed great fighting spirit to defeat Ali Khairi Hashim al Mayahi in three sets 6-5, 5-7, 6-2.
In the doubles match, captain Siddiq al Hashmi played Abdullah al Barwani and Mohammed al Nabhani but they were stretched to the limit by Adel Mustafa al Saedi and Barakat Zainy. However, Abdullah and Mohammed went on to defeat Adel Mustafa al Saedi and Barakat Zainy 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-5 to complete a great victory after a 2 hour and 43 minutes match. Oman had posted an easy 3-0 win against Bangladesh on Monday.
After the match, Mohammed al Nabhani said: “We had such a long day. Obviously we are feeling great after a great effort and well deserved victories.”
“The players are great and the team is great. We are happy as a team. And I hope we keep going on and on. We hope to continue with our great effort.”
With two victories in two days, Oman are now on top of Pool A followed by the UAE who defeated Bangladesh 2-1 for their second win.
On Wednesday, Oman will play Kyrgyzstan, who are at the bottom of Pool A with no victories to show.
Mohammed al Nabhani said: “There are no easy opponents. We will be taking every team very seriously and play with good energy and give our best in every match we play.”
The Group IV competition concludes on February 3 when the winner of Pool A will play off against the runner-up in Pool B and the winner of Pool B will play off against the runner-up in Pool A to determine which two nations will be promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group III in 2019.
Against Bangladesh, UAE lost the first singles match as Omar al Awadhi retired with an injury against Mohammad Rana. But Fahad al Janahi defeated Dipu Lal 6-2, 6-2 to make it 1-1.
In the deciding doubles rubber, Abdulrahman al Janahi and Fares al Janahi scored a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ranjan Ram/Sree-Amol Roy.
Singapore team are on top of Pool B after easily defeating Tajikistan 3-0 for their second win of the competition.
In the first singles, Hao Yuan Ng defeated Azamat Mukhudinov 6-0, 6-0 and in the second singles, Shaheed Alam defeated Shakhrom Umarov by same score of 6-0, 6-0.
In the doubles rubber too the scoreline was same 6-0, 6-0 with Roy Hobbs and Yuan-Xiong Hui defeating Azamat Mukhudinov and Shakhrom Umarov 6-0, 6-0.
In other Pool B ties, Guam defeated Mongolia 3-0 and Bahrain defeated Turkmenistan 2-1.

Pool A
Myanmar bt Kyrgyzstan 3-0
Tin Myo Wai bt Georgy Kotlyarevsky 6-0, 6-0; Aung Myo Thant bt Evgeniy Babak 7-6 (8), 6-0; Aung Kyaw Naing/Tin Myo Wai bt Kirill Kistanov/Georgy Kotlyarevsky 6-2, 6-0
Oman bt Iraq 3-0
Mohammed al Nabhani bt Akram Abdalkarem al Saady 6-3, 6-3; Abdullah al Barwani bt Ali Khairi Hashim al Mayahi 6-5, 5-7, 6-2; Abdullah al Barwani/Mohammed al Nabhani bt Adel Mustafa al Saedi/ Barakat Zainy 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-5
UAE bt Bangladesh 2-1
Omar al Awadhi (retired) lost to Mohammad Rana 4-5; Fahad al Janahi bt Dipu Lal 6-2, 6-2; Abdulrahman al Janahi/Fares Al Janahi bt Ranjan Ram/Sree-Amol Roy 6-1, 6-4.
Pool B
Guam bt Mongolia 3-0
Christopher Cajigan bt Baatar Oyunbat (retired) 6-3, 3-0; Daniel Llarenas bt Munkhbaatar Badrakh 5-7, 6-2, 7.5; Mason Caldwell/Jean Pierr Huynh bt Tamir Ankhbayar/Temuugei Enkhsaikhan 6-3, 6-1
Singapore bt Tajikistan 3-0
Hao Yuan Ng bt Azamat Mukhudinov 6-0, 6-0; Shaheed Alam bt Shakhrom Umarov 6-0, 6-0; Roy Hobbs/Yuan-Xiong Hui bt Azamat Mukhudinov/Shakhrom Umarov 6-0, 6-0
Bahrain bt Turkmenistan 2-1
Hasan Abdulnabi bt Atlymyrat Gurbanov 6-3, 7-6 (5); Ali Dawani bt Yuriy Roguskiy 6-2, 7-5; Hasan Abdulnabi/Yusuf Qaed lost to Atlymyrat Gurbanov/Yuriy Roguskiy 3-6, 7-5, 2-6
Wednesday’s schedule:
Pool A
Iraq v Bangladesh
Oman v Kyrgyzstan
UAE v Myanmar
Pool B
Bahrain v Tajikistan
Singapore v Mongolia
Turkmenistan v Guam