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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June 6, 2012 9:06 am
Bingo! well done Aisam.. proud of you bro
June 6, 2012 5:27 am
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.
June 6, 2012 5:04 am
well done aisam, we take pride in saying that now a Pakistani tennis player exsists too :) zozi well done too
June 6, 2012 4:57 am
Keep your spirit up and be confident. You can beat the bryan brothers too.
mashkoor ali khan
June 6, 2012 6:49 am
good luck my friends make pakistan proud.
June 5, 2012 7:37 pm
What a bright prospect Aisam is for Pakistan. Good luck in French Open Aisam and Jean-Julien.
Saad (DXB)
June 5, 2012 7:30 pm
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.
June 5, 2012 7:26 pm
Bravo Aisam, pride of Pakistan, and Rojer. Wish you both all the best in the coming days.
Imran Rizvi
June 6, 2012 4:12 pm
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.
June 6, 2012 12:25 pm
when and what time is the match?
June 7, 2012 2:26 pm
wen iz his match date n time?
Khalid Uncle
June 5, 2012 8:22 pm
Mansoor Iqbal
June 6, 2012 4:25 am
Good luck Aisam! You are our pride.
June 6, 2012 7:43 am
Best of Luck! InshAllah!
Mohi ud DIn
June 6, 2012 6:38 am
Insha ALLAH! Prays of all nation with pride of Pakistan.
abdul furqan
June 6, 2012 12:59 pm
Dude, Bryan Bros are seeded 2 not 1.
Abdul Aziz (Noman)
June 6, 2012 6:23 am
Well done Aisam. He is our Hero, nation should be proud of him. Go Aisam Go
June 6, 2012 5:55 am
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
June 6, 2012 2:19 pm
Aisam Beat Bryan Bros last month
Irfan Khan
June 6, 2012 1:59 pm
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