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Aisam one match away from Olympic dream


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Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. -File photo

KARACHI: Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his doubles partner Jean-Julien Rojer qualified for the French Open semi-finals in Paris on Tuesday after their opponents had to forfeit.

The Pak-Dutch duo had won the first set 6-4 against third-seeded pair of Michael Llodra of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and were up 2-1 in the second set when Llodra had to forfeit due to a back injury.

The Estoril Open champions will be facing Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States in the semi-final whom they recently defeated in the Madrid Open.

This is the first time Qureshi has qualified for the French Open semis, previously only qualifying for the quarter finals with his partner Rohan Bopanna.

Pakistan's most successful tennis player, whose ranking recently dropped from 14 to 16, is hoping to reach the Roland Garros final in order to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

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Jun 06, 2012 09:06am
Bingo! well done Aisam.. proud of you bro
Jun 06, 2012 05:27am
Sports help in projecting country's image. Hence, it would be a great success if he wins. We would be able to see our green flag, fluttering high. Keep it up Aisam, may Allah be with you.
Jun 06, 2012 05:04am
well done aisam, we take pride in saying that now a Pakistani tennis player exsists too :) zozi well done too
Jun 06, 2012 04:57am
Keep your spirit up and be confident. You can beat the bryan brothers too.
mashkoor ali khan
Jun 06, 2012 06:49am
good luck my friends make pakistan proud.
Jun 05, 2012 07:37pm
What a bright prospect Aisam is for Pakistan. Good luck in French Open Aisam and Jean-Julien.
Saad (DXB)
Jun 05, 2012 07:30pm
Alhamdolilah.. Aisam has made us proud yet again.. I would request Aisamto help the fellow tennis players of the country to develop their game, as we can not see any more champions after him. His seems like a repeat of the Squash saga, whereby Pakistan hasn't had a champion ever since Jansher Khan retired.
Jun 05, 2012 07:26pm
Bravo Aisam, pride of Pakistan, and Rojer. Wish you both all the best in the coming days.
Imran Rizvi
Jun 06, 2012 04:12pm
Persons like Aisam-ul-Haq are real heroes of Pakistan. They make name for the country in international arena. We must honour him and love him.
Jun 06, 2012 12:25pm
when and what time is the match?
Jun 07, 2012 02:26pm
wen iz his match date n time?
Khalid Uncle
Jun 05, 2012 08:22pm
Mansoor Iqbal
Jun 06, 2012 04:25am
Good luck Aisam! You are our pride.
Jun 06, 2012 07:43am
Best of Luck! InshAllah!
Mohi ud DIn
Jun 06, 2012 06:38am
Insha ALLAH! Prays of all nation with pride of Pakistan.
abdul furqan
Jun 06, 2012 12:59pm
Dude, Bryan Bros are seeded 2 not 1.
Abdul Aziz (Noman)
Jun 06, 2012 06:23am
Well done Aisam. He is our Hero, nation should be proud of him. Go Aisam Go
Jun 06, 2012 05:55am
Needless to say, match against the Bryan Bros (Seeded 1) would be very tough and hope Aisam qualifies or the Olympics. However, win or lose, I do not care, Aisam makes Pakistan proud. BUCK UP AISAM!!
Mr K
Jun 06, 2012 02:19pm
Aisam Beat Bryan Bros last month
Irfan Khan
Jun 06, 2012 01:59pm