Oman defeat Iraq for second win in Davis Cup

Sports Tuesday 30/January/2018 19:31 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman defeat Iraq for second win in Davis Cup

Muscat: Coming up with another stellar performance Oman recorded a 3-0 victory over a battling Iraq for their second successive victory in the 2018 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group IV competition at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Tuesday.
With the Sultanate’s most experienced Davis Cup player leading from the front, Oman made their intentions of achieving promotion to Group III clear with a dominant display against Iraq in their second Pool A tie.
However, the hosts were not as dominant against Iraq as they were in their similar 3-0 win over Bangladesh in their first outing on Monday.
Starting with the first singles match, the Iraqis tested the Omanis in all three rubbers. In the first singles rubber, Mohammed Al Nabhani had to overcome an early aggression from Akram Abdalkarem Al Saady before sealing a 6-3, 6-3 win.
In the second singles, young Abdullah Al Barwani had to dig deep to overcome Ali Khairi Hashim Al Mayahi in three sets 6-5, 5-7, 6-2.
However, it was in the doubles that the Omanis were tested to the limit. Oman’s non-playing captain Siddique Al Hashmi fielded Abdullah Al Barwani along side Mohammed Al Nabhani and the duo combined well to win the first set easily while conceding just one game against the Iraqi pair of Adel Mustafa Al Saedi and Barakat Zainy.
But Adel Mustafa and Barakat Zainy fought their way back to win the second set on a tie-break and gave a good fight in the third and deciding set too.
But after a two hour and 43 minutes battle, it was Omani team who emerged winners with a final scoreline of 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-5.
After the match, an exhausted but delighted 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 UAE, who defeated Bangladesh 2-1 for their second win.
In their next match of six-team Pool A, Oman will play winless Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday.
Speaking about their next opponents, 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 Saturday 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.
UAE win
Against Bangladesh, UAE lost the first singles match as Omar Al Awadhi retired with an injury against Mohammad Rana. But Fahad 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 recorded a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ranjan Ram and Sree-Amol Roy.
Earlier, Myanmar defeated Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in another Pool A tie.
In Pool B, Singapore are on top after easily defeating Tajikistan 3-0 for their second win.
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 def 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 def Adel Mustafa Al Saedi/ Barakat Zainy 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-5.
UAE def Bangladesh 2-1.
Omar Al Awadhi (retired) lost to Mohammad Rana 4-5.
Fahad 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 (retires) 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 match-ups:
Pool A

Iraq vs Bangladesh
Oman vs Kyrgyzstan
UAE vs Myanmar
Pool B
Bahrain vs Tajikistan
Singapore vs Mongolia
Turkmenistan vs Guam