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Qureshi, Rojer beat Polish pair to win Miami Open

March 31, 2013

Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (R) and Netherlands' Jean-Julien Rojer (L). -File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Dutch partner Jean Julien Rojer clinched the men’s doubles Miami Open title on Saturday after beating Polish duo of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in straight sets.

The Pak-Dutch duo, seeded number five, brushed aside the number eight seeds 6-4, 6-1 in 57 minutes.

Earlier, the pair had defeated number two seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final.

Qureshi-Rojer have won prize money worth  $ 235,640 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points. The win marks their third title together, the previous two won in Halle and Estoril in 2012.

The 33-year old Qureshi admitted that the pair had not been playing well consistently but added that they were working hard to change that.

“Since the beginning of the year, Jules and I have been putting in the hard yards each week. Other than Marseille, we have not both played well at the same moments. We were both up and down a bit. However, we knew that if we kept doing the right things regardless of the results, our time would come,” Qureshi said before the match.

Qureshi is set to join Pakistan’s Davis Cup team in Myanmar where they will play New Zealand  in their Oceania Group II match next week.