Bopanna-Qureshi duo head for new heights

Updated: 07 December 2007 12:18 IST

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi are not just becoming famous because of where they come from but rather where they could be heading in Tennis.

Bopanna-Qureshi duo head for new heights

New Delhi:

Leander Paes or Mahesh Bhupathi are not the only ones to have won four doubles titles this year.

The Indo-express pair, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi are not just becoming famous because of where they come from but rather where they could be heading in terms of their Tennis.

While India and Pakistan are fighting it out against each other in Cricket, another Indo-Pak story has been surfacing the air and this time it is not India and Pakistan fighting each other but joining hands to compete against the rest of the world.

Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq-Qureshi have set the Tennis world ablaze with their partnership. The duo has been performing par-excellence and this year has been a brilliant one.

They have reached the finals of the last seven doubles tournaments they have played and they have won four of those. Aisam Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna though make more news for the fact that they are an Indo-Pak pair.

"In America three years ago, we met in a tournament. And I knew he plays attacking tennis, which is also my style so if we played together, we would do well and we won the first tournament we ever played together," said Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

"I think it is great. They have probably known each other for a while and they have been doing really well - winning a bunch of tournaments and they could maybe have a good run at some of the slams," said Alberto Francis, US's International Tennis Player.

The Indo-Pak express as they are called are hoping to get a wild-card for the Australian Open, even though singles is still a big priority for both.

That's one area where Qureshi scores over his partner. He is ranked 129 in the world and played at Wimbledon this year, whereas Bopanna is 139 places lower at 268.

But the Indian scores in another department.

"The only problem I have playing with him is that he takes away all the female fans," said Qureshi.

Qureshi and Bopanna form an unusual pair that has not only been successful but has also yielded a great friendship.

So now, it will not only be the whole of India but also the whole of Pakistan that will be rooting for the two to fill in the shoes of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.






Topics : Tennis Rajeev Ram Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Rohan Bopanna Su-Wei Hsieh
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