Indo-Pak Express books London berth
The Indo-Pakistan tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has booked a berth in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals to be held from November 20 to 27 at London’s O2 arena.sports Updated: Nov 07, 2011 23:44 IST
The Indo-Pakistan tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has booked a berth in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals to be held from November 20 to 27 at London’s O2 arena.
The "Indo-Pak Express", who have got a bye in the opening round of the ongoing BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, will be making their team debut at the season finale, which will feature the top eight doubles teams.
Bopanna and Qureshi have been rewarded for their consistent show this year. They pocketed two ATP Tour Titles — at the Gerry Weber Open and the Stockholm Open — and made the quarterfinals and semifinals of more than five ATP 1000 Masters events.
The team, ranked seventh in the world, became the seventh team to join the elite list which will battle it out at the Tour Finals. “We are very excited to be playing against the best of the world. All our hard work has paid off and we are glad we met the goal we had set for ourselves earlier this year,” Bopanna said.
Kvitova leads Czechs to Fed Cup title Kveta Peschke and Lucie Hradecka beat Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-2 in the decisive doubles to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 win over Russia in the Fed Cup final on Sunday, clinching the country's first title as an independent nation.
Earlier, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova prevailed over Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6 6-2 6-3 in the first match of the day to put the Czechs within a point of claiming their first Fed Cup crown after they split from Slovakia in 1993.
Their last triumph came when, playing as Czechoslovakia, they beat the former Soviet Union 2-1 in the 1988 final.