Turkmen tennis players made it to the playoffs of the Davis Cup in the IV group of the Asia and Oceania zone, the matches of which are held in the city of Isa Town (Bahrain) with the participation of 12 teams. They achieved this remarkable success ahead of schedule, one round before the end of the group stage of the competition.
The program of the second game day in group "B", in which our compatriots play, was opened by a meeting between the teams of Iraq and Oman. The Iraqis, whom the Turkmen team won at the start of the tournament - 3:0, beat the Omanis with the same score. Thus, before the match with the national team of Mongolia, the team of Turkmenistan had a great chance to advance to the playoffs ahead of schedule.
And Mirali Gasanov's wards brilliantly took advantage of it, crushing the squad from Mongolia, which occupies 129th place in the world tennis rating today - 3:0. In the first meeting of the singles, Yuriy Rogussky outplayed Khatansuikh Batbayar in 1 hour and 5 minutes - 6:1, 6:1. In the second - the first number of the national team of Turkmenistan, Isa Mametkuliev took even less - 38 minutes to win under zero from Sukhbaatar Puntsag - 6:0, 6:0. And in the third doubles match, which lasted 46 minutes, the leaders of our team gave only two games to Oyunbold Baatar and Khatansuikh Batbayar - 6:0, 6:2.
In the final match of the group stage, which will no longer have a tournament value for our compatriots, the national team of Turkmenistan has to play with the team of Oman, after which the playoff matches will take place.
From other groups, the teams of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Cambodia, who also won two victories in the Davis Cup zonal tournament, advanced to the playoffs. The full composition of the playoff participants will be known following the results of the final meetings of the group stage of the competition.
Recall that the top three teams based on the results of the playoff matches will receive the right to play in the III group of the Asia and Oceania zone next year.