KARACHI: Pakistan’s leading international tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his partner Jean-Julien Rojer sailed into the men’s doubles semi-finals of the US Open on Wednesday.
Qureshi and Rojer resumed the match on the Grand Stand of the USTA National Tennis Center in New York, after it was disrupted by rain a day earlier.
At the resumption, Qureshi-Rojer were leading by a set (6-2) and 2-2 in the second set against US pair of brothers Ryan and Christian Harrison.
The ninth-seeded Pak-Dutch pair were stretched by the American brothers when they were on the brink of being broken down. Qureshi and Rojer, however, managed to hold their serve and broke their opponents’ in the next game to go 5-3 up.
Qureshi then served out the match for a place in his third consecutive US Open semi-final. His previous two appearances were with former Indian partner Rohan Bopanna, with whom he reached the final in 2010.
Qureshi and Rojer will have to contend with another US pair of brothers in Bob and Mike Bryan, who were responsible for their French Open exit earlier this year. The Bryans, who beat Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut (7-6, 7-6) in their quarter-final, were also Qureshi and Bopanna’s opponents in the 2010 final..