Qatar rallied from 0-1 down to win the Group III Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie against United Arab Emirates in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Qataris contested the tie of the day, winning the decisive doubles against their close rivals.
Mubarak Shannan Zayid of Qatar scripted a thumping 6-2, 6-0 victory over Fahad Hanahi to level the proceedings at 1-1, after Omar al-Awadhi gave the UAE an early lead beating Jabor Al-Mutawa 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Shannan Zayid rode Qatar’s newfound momentum through the deciding rubber, teaming with Mousa Shanan Zayed to beat al-Awadhi and Hamad Abbas Janahi 6-,6-4 in the decisive doubles rubber.
A year on from suffering relegation, hosts Sri Lanka made a strong start to their campaign, defeating Jordan 2-1.
he hosts, whose five-year stay in Asia/Oceania Zone Group II came to an end 12 months ago courtesy of a thumping 5-0 defeat to Indonesia, look intent on an immediate return to the third tier of the competition in front of home fans this week.
Comfortable singles wins for Harshana Godamanna and Sharmal Dissanayake, over Seif Adas and Mousa Alkotop, respectively, put the tie beyond doubt, though there was a fitness scare for the duo in the dead doubles as they retired while trailing Alkotop and Hamzeh Al-Aswad 6-4, 6-5 in the third rubber.
Pacific Oceania was also victorious against Syria in the other tie in Pool A on Monday, with Heve Kelley battling to a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Yacoub Makzoume before Colin Sinclair cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win over Kareem Al Allaf.
Pacific Oceania is eyeing a place in Group II for the first time since 2012 this week, having spent the last five years bouncing between Groups III and IV.
Lebanon made its mark on the opening day in Pool B, swiftly seeing off Turkmenistan 2-0. Hady Habib gave Lebanon a flying start, dropping just one game in a ruthless 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Goergiy Pochay, before Giovani Samaha completed the job with a 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory over Yuriy Rodusskiy in the second rubber. (Courtesy Gulf Times)