10 Apr 2007

Oceania Davis Cup team retain Group two place

5:12 am on 10 April 2007

The Oceania Davis Cup tennis team have ended their 2007 campaign on a winning note beating Pakistan 3-2 at the weekend, to retain their place in the Asia/Oceania group two division.

After trailing Pakistan 1-2 after the first day, it was a must win match for the Oceania players on day two in Apia Samoa.

Solomon Islands Michael Leong took on Aqeel Khan in the battle of the number one players, and came out on top taking the match in three sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to level the rubbers.

With Samoa's Juan Langton's ankle still bothering him West Nott from the Marshall Islands was chosen to play the deciding rubber.

Nott conceded only one game on his way to winning 6-1, 6-love, 6-love.

Brett Baudinet of the Cook Islands teamed up with Nott in the pairs, but were beaten in a mammoth four setter whic included two tie breakers.