There was double joy for Pakistan tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi as he not only clinched the doubles event of the Paris Masers, partnering Rohan Bopanna of India, but also moved closer to confirming a place at next year’s London Olympics.
In the final, Aisam and Bopanna faced little resistance as they downed the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and five minutes to win their first ATP Masters tournament – the pair’s third title of the season. Aisam also won the Thailand Open with Austrian player Oliver Marach earlier this year.
The victory in Paris propelled Aisam to ninth spot in the players’ individual doubles rankings and all the Pakistani now has to do is to keep his place in the top 10 till May 2012 to confirm his place in the London Olympics.
Aisam, who has already qualified with Bopanna for the London Masters that start on November 20, said the Indo-Pak pair’s third title of the current season also put to bed the notion that the duo choked in crucial games. “We’ve proved a lot of people wrong this year,” Aisam told The Express Tribune. “A lot of people said we can’t win the finals in big events. I’ve achieved all my goals
“We won our first ATP Masters tournament and I got my rankings back in the top 10. Our team rankings will be in the top five and we’ll get to play the London Masters. We missed out on a Grand Slam but I’m confident that we will win one next year.”
Aisam said his goal was to maintain a place in the top 10 till May, which will guarantee him a London ticket. “I need to maintain my ranking till May and I’ll ensure I play in the Olympics.”Read More
The Indo-Pak couple of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna supported their amazing run on the universal circuit when they traveled into the irrevocable of the Paris Masters tennis competition’s men’s pairs occasion on Saturday.
In what was a major vexed, Aisam and Bopanna defeated the third-seeded match of Maxi Mirnyi of Belarus and Canada’s Daniel Nestor 6-3, 7-6 in the elimination rounds to book a place in Sunday’s title crash in the French capital.
Pakistani expert Aisam and India’s Bopanna were in full flood in opposition to their higher-ranked adversaries, never quite permitting them to settle in the elimination round contact.
Prior in the quarterfinals, Aisam and Bopanna shot down second-seeded Michael Llodra of France and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonzic in super tie-break.
The Indo-Pakistani match, seeded seventh in the occasion, partied about their lady entrance into the tour’s year-resolution finals in London, by rallying to win following losing the first set, 3-6-4, 10-6.
In an additional quarterfinal contact on Friday, Maxi Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor expelled Austria’s Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (7).
A title-winning triumph in the Paris Masters will give Aisam and Bopanna an ideal support in advance of the year-outcome finals in London later this month.
The pair, who have been hailed as far and wide as possible for their peace deliberations, devised a workable plan to fit the bill for the prestigious when a progression of astonishing effects on the worldwide circuit this time of year.Read More