Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and tennis No 1 player Aqeel Khan give Pakistan a brisk start by winning both the singles against Korea in in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-I tie.
In the first match, Aisam outclassed Soon Woo Kwon 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(8-6) on the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex, taking Pakistan 1-0 up in the tie.
Fellow tennis star Aqeel Khan faced Korea’s No. 2 Seong-chan Hong in the second singles match. In a nail-biting match, Aqeel came out on top 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Aisam expressed delight over winning the singles and said he knew there would be pressure on the Korean players. “I focused on my game and utilized my experience to win the singles,” he said.
Aqeel said there was a huge pressure on him prior to the match as Aisam had won the first singles. “I was very nervous in the game but my team believed in me and supported me,” he said.
He said in the match, he kept on believing in himself and delivered his best.
Pakistan’s non-playing captain Hameed ul Haq said Korean team is the tennis power of Asia. “I never thought Koreans would do so well on grass courts,” he added.
It was like a dream come true for the local fans, who, at one stage, were looking down and out, but the sensational comeback first from veteran tennis warriors ensured the day belonged to the hosts.