Bahrain bow to Saudi in Davis Cup opener
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain bowed to Saudi Arabia 0-3 yesterday in their opening tie in Pool A of Asia/ Oceania Group IV in the Davis Cup 2021, which is being hosted by the Bahrain Tennis Federation in Isa Town. In the first match of the day, Bahrain’s Elyas Abdulnabi retired in the first set after trailing 0-4 to Saudi’s Ammar Alhaqbani.
Teammate Yusuf Qaed then lost to Saud Alhogbani in straight sets 4-6, 1-6. The Saudis then completed their sweep with Omar Ahmed and Alhaqbani’s 6-3, 6-1 win against Bahrainis Abdulkarim and Hasan Abdulnabi in the doubles clash. It was a tough start for the Bahrainis in this year’s Davis Cup.
They will be hoping to bounce back in their next tie. In yesterday’s other Pool A affair, the UAE beat Guam 3-0. Meanwhile, in Pool B, Oman defeated Mongolia 2-1 and Turkmenistan swept Iraq 3-0.
In Pool C, Iran beat Kyrgyzstan 3-0 while Cambodia overcame Yemen 3-0. Action continues today at the same venue with Saudi facing Guam, Oman taking on Iraq and Cambodia playing Kyrgyzstan.
Following the ongoing round-robin in each group, the top two nations in each will play off to determine the three national teams that will be promoted to Asia/Oceania Group III for 2022.