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Historic Davis Cup success for Cambodia

The Cambodia men's tennis team made an historic Davis Cup debut this week by winning promotion from the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV event in Doha, Qatar. The event was staged at The Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.

The Cambodia team of Kenny Bun, Pannhara Man, Samneang Long, Vetu Mam and captain Tep Rithivit defeated Singapore 3-0, Qatar 2-1, Myanmar 3-0 and Jordan 2-1 to win their round-robin group, before defeating Turkmenistan 3-0 in the promotional play-off on Saturday. In the promotional play-off, Pannhara Mam overcame Eziz Dovletov 60 60 and Kenny Bun saw off Aleksandr Ernepesov 63 60, before Pannhara and Vetu Mam defeated Dovletov and Jamshid Ilmuradov 75 62.


Canada draw South Africa in World Group play-offs

The draw for the 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Wednesday at the International Tennis Federation headquarters in London. The Miele Canadian Davis Cup team will play an away tie versus South Africa from September 14-16 to retain their spot in the World Group for 2013. Team nominations, venue and court surface will be announced at a later date.

"Our goal has always been to be a World Group nation and now that we have reached that level we have every intention of staying there," said Miele Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau. "We have to go back on the road, but our team showed last year that they are more than capable of winning away ties in challenging conditions. We now have the whole summer to prepare the best we can and head to South Africa ready to compete."


Yuki causes major upset, Bopanna wins too as India go down 2-3 to Uzbekistan

Young Indian star Yuki Bhambri showed some signs of the huge potential everyone knows he has as he produced arguably the best performance of his career to defeat Denis Istomin, a player ranked 252 places above him, in three tough sets 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 7-6(3) to gain a point for India in what had so far been a disastrous tie for them at the Pahlavon Sports Complex in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Later, veteran Davis cupper Rohan Bopanna, playing as a replacement for the chicken pox-stricken Sanam Singh, also won his match against Sarvar Ikramov 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 to leave India wondering 'what if' as the tie ended 3-2 in favour of the Uzbeks.

Bhambri and Sanam Singh had lost their opening day singles rubbers to Farrukh Dustov and Istomin respectively and thus understandably, no one expected the Indian youngster to put up much of a fight against Istomin, who was playing for the third straight day in a row and perhaps looking for a good workout before heading to the clay courts of Monte Carlo. Bhambri though, who was playing without the pressure of a 'live' rubber, came out a confident and new player, counter punching Istomin's strong groundstrokes and thus asserting his own, even throwing in a couple of inside-out drop shots. The 19-year old came back from losing a tough first set to win the tiebreaks in both the second and third to hand Istomin his first loss at home in six years. Later, Rohan Bopanna extracted some measure of revenge on one half of the Uzbek doubles team as he beat Sarvar Ikramov 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 in the last rubber of the tie.


Davis Cup Reverse Singles Wrap: Spain, Argentina storm into semis, Czechs complete upset, USA upstage France

All four teams going into the final day of their Davis Cup quarter-final clashes with a lead progressed to the semi-finals of the premier men's team competition, with not even one of the ties going to a deciding fifth rubber. While Spain and Argentina eased through without much bother, Tomas Berdych had to fight off a valiant Janko Tipsarevic while John Isner had to battle both the crowd and a former Grand Slam finalist in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to help their teams advance to the final four.

Spain 4-1 Austria (Being played at Marina D'or, Oropesa Del Mar, Castellon, Spain Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor)

almagroSpain came into the final day with a 2-1 lead having missed the opportunity to wrap up a 3-0 win as the doubles pairing of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez lost a close rubber to Olivier Marach and Alexander Peya on Saturday. First up on court and hoping to seal the win for the defending champions was World No.5 David Ferrer, looking to maintain his unbeaten run in Davis Cup matches on clay. He was up against Austrian No.1 Jurgen Melzer.


Leander - Bopanna beaten as India go down 3-0 to Uzbekistan

While no one really expected India to beat Uzbekistan in this Asia-Oceania Group 1 Semi-final encounter, the doubles point was one that India would traditionally have considered as one that was always theirs to win. However, the scratch Uzbeki pairing of Murad Inoyatov and world no.43 Denis Istomin stunned the top 10 Indian duo of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna.

To say that the Indians missed the considerable talents of Mahesh Bhupathi, who opted out of this tie to save AITA a selection headache, was an understatement. And perhaps, Bhupathi's decision could have a massive bearing on who represents India at the Olympics later this year with Paes and Bopanna's defeat to a considerably weaker Uzbekistan duo showcasing their lack of cohesiveness as a unit.


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