Bopanna-Qureshi: An exemplary Indo-Pak pair
The Indo-Pak duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi continue to make history at the US Open, they're now in their maiden grand slam final and will face the top seeded Bryan Brothers.
The Indo-Pak duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi continue to make history at the US Open, they're now in their maiden Grand Slam final and will face the top seeded Bryan Brothers.
Continuing with their message of 'Stop War, Start Tennis', 16th seeds Bopanna and Qureshi beat Argentines Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (5), 6-4 to set up a summit clash with top-seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in the final.
The Indo-Pak duo was cheered on from the stands by, among others, the United Nations ambassadors from their respective countries. India's ambassador Harpreet Suri and his Pakistan counterpart Abdullah H Haroon even met the two players after the match.
Though there summit clash seems tough on paper against the Americans but Bopanna and Qureshi can draw confidence from the fact that they beat the Bryans just a few weeks ago in an ATP tournament in Washington.
The Indian duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi was the last pair from the sub-continent to reach the finals at Flushing Meadows. In fact, the two made it to the finals of all the four Grand Slam events in 1999 and went on to win the French Open and Wimbledon that year.
Congratulating Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi for reaching the US Open men's doubles final, Sports Minister MS Gill said the pair's success should lead to better sporting ties between India and Pakistan.
In 2010 February, the duo won their second ATP Doubles World Title after beating Karol Beck and Harold Levy in the final 6–2, 3–6, (10–5).
The two players have also finished as runner-ups in many other tournaments over the past few years. In 2007, the two finished as runner-ups in an ATP event in Mumbai.
In 2008, Bopanna and Qureshi stumbled in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final. They were defeated 4–6, 6–7(1) by the pair of Mardy Fish and John Isner.
The Indo-Pak pair also made it to the finals of Grand Prox Hassan II in Casablanca, Open de Nice Côte d'Azur in Nice and Pilot Pen Tennis Championships in New Haven.