Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is the defending champion at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, where he won the men's doubles title with Rohan Bopanna last year. – Photo courtesy Gerry Weber Open
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is the defending champion at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, where he won the men's doubles title with Rohan Bopanna last year. – Photo courtesy Gerry Weber Open

KARACHI: Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is all set to defend his Halle Open title in Germany, after he and doubles partner Jean-Julien Rojer sailed through to the final of the tournament on Saturday.

Qureshi and Rojer, who have enjoyed some success in recent tournaments, overcame Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-final that lasted just over an hour.

Thirty-one-year-old Qureshi favours the green surface and has achieved some of his best results on the grass. Of late, however, he has advanced to the latter stages of hard and clay court grand slams as well.

The Pak-Dutch duo had a great run at the French Open, where they reached the semi-finals, only to be ousted by doubles maestros Bob and Mike Bryan.

Qureshi and Rojer have played 13 tournaments together so far and enjoy a top-ten rank (nine) in the ATP doubles team rankings.

They will face Philippnes’ Treat Conard Huey and America’s Scott Lipsky tomorrow as Qureshi bids to defend his ATP title with Rojer.

Qureshi, who won the men’s doubles final with his then partner Rohan Bopanna at the ATP event last June, was playing his first grass-court event before he heads to London for Wimbledon.


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Dr Ahmed Salman
June 17, 2012 12:02 pm
Good luck to him for his dedicated efforts and probing win to uplift the name of his country.we should be proud of him and wishing him a good win in the finals.
Ahmed
June 17, 2012 12:03 pm
keep doing us proud !
Asad Malik
June 16, 2012 9:37 pm
Good luck to one of the few sportsman in recent history who makes his country proud.
mian Riaz
June 17, 2012 1:38 am
Good job, congratulation to both of you and wish u good luck in final.
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