*Indian Tennis is finally starting to rise again as they took an unbeatable 3-0 lead against Pakistan. This result ensured India’s qualification for the Davis Cup world group stages for the Indian side.
Islamabad had hosted the crucial tie against arch-rivals India. Both sides played some amazing Tennis but it was India that showed their class and experience to win the tie. Ramkumar Ramanathan gave India lead with a win over Aisam Ul Quereshi.
Sriram Balaji then won the second game when he beat Aqeel Khan. India ended Saturday with a huge boost of confidence already 2-0 up. In the third game which was a doubles tie it was Saketh Myeni and Yuki Bhambri that helped India seal the deal.
Tri-Color flies high in Pakistan –
29-year-old Ramkumar Ramanathan played the first game against Pakistan’s well-known player. Islamabad saw their home town hero take the first set 7-6 after winning the tie-breaker.
Just when one thought the confidence was seeping into the Pakistani team, India made a strong reply. Ramkumar Ramanathan won the second set with complete ease with a 6-3 margin. The Indian star didn’t make any mistake as he played some effortless tennis to take game into the deciding set.
The third and final set was an anti-climax as Ramanathan won it 6-0. It was a complete show of dominance as the errors began to seep into the Pakistani’s game. Aisam Quereshi had also taken some time off due to having fitness concerns during the 3rd set.
In the second game on Saturday, India’s Sri Ram Balaji took on Aqeel Khan. The youngster broke no sweat as he won the first set with a 7-5 margin. In the second set, Balaji didn’t give his opponent any chance for a comeback as he won it 6-3.
The focus shifted to the doubles encounter on Sunday and the home team needed a win to stay alive. Saketh Myeni and Yuki Bhambhri took to the field against Aqeel Khan and Muzammil Murtaza.
It was yet another straight sets win as the Indian pair won the game 6-2 and 7-6. The first set saw some classic Indian doubles action as the service game was top notch. In the second set the Pakistanis held on but the Indian pair showed their might and went onto win the tie. It was happy scenes all around as India now will feature in the David Cup tournament.