ISLAMABAD: Aqeel Khan beat Thailand’s Kittiphong Wachiramanowong 6-four, 6-three, three-6, 2-6, 6-2 within the second reverse single match on Sunday to push Pakistan into Group I of Davis Cup Asia Oceania on the Pakistan Sports activities Complicated.
The second reverse singles took an unprecedented hype following the Sunday morning first that noticed physique cramps overcoming worldwide Aisamul Haq on the fag-finish of the match. Aisam was crushed by Thai No 1 Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul 5-7, 6-7 (four), 6-four, 7-6 (three), 6-7 (three).
It was in 2015 that Pakistan final made it to the Group I following their win towards Chinese language Taipei in Turkey. It was all going properly for Aqeel when he took two units lead after breaking constant Wachiramanowon thrice within the first set and as soon as within the second.
Nevertheless, the Thai No 2 got here again strongly and snatched the subsequent two units from Aqeel courtesy highly effective forehand drives. “Wachiramanowon out of the blue modified his gear within the third and was enjoying sensible tennis. His forehand drives and backhand chip have been particular,” stated Aqeel. “Nevertheless, I stayed within the hunt figuring out properly that any lean time would give me alternative to bounce again and that occurred within the fifth set which we performed underneath the fading mild,” he added. He was overwhelmed with the thrill that additionally noticed his colleagues, together with injured Aisam, hugging him in jubilation.
“As soon as I noticed Aisam tumbling out of his singles following cramps, I gathered all my power to win the day for Pakistan. It was a troublesome activity because the Thai was enjoying sensible tennis. Nevertheless, I knew nicely I’ve an opportunity,” he added.
Aqeel praised his camp that included Mohammad Khalid, Mushaf Zia and Hameed-ul-Haq.“They rightly reserved us for the ultimate day and determined to not expose us within the doubles. Had we performed a 4- or 5-set match within the doubles, we might have been in no place to provide our hundred % on the final day,” Aqeel stated.
Aqeel despatched in 15 aces towards 5 by his opponent.
Aqeel gained 142 factors towards one hundred thirty five by his opponent.
Earlier, Aisam began in lackluster trend, dropping the opening two units after which preventing again to wrest the subsequent two. When the match entered the fifth and last set, Aisam began having issues that finally resulted in his loss.
Aisam struck 19 aces towards 26 landed by Trongcharoenchaikul. Pakistan group was awarded gold medals for profitable the Group II and making it to the Group I subsequent yr.
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