Karachi: Pakistan tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his partner Rojer Jean-Julien clinched the doubles final of the Estoril Open in Portugal, defeating their Aussie-Spanish opponents Julian Knowle and David Marrero in a close match.
Qureshi and Rojer beat the Aussie-Spanish pair 7-5, 7-5.
Previously, the Pakistani-Dutch pair had defeated the French duo of Richard Gasquet and Roger Vasseln 6-3, 6-1 in the semi-final while fourth seeds Knowle and Marrero beat Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin 7-6 (4) 5-7, 10-6 to reach the final.
Qureshi’s ranking, which dropped to 14th in the beginning of the year, needs to improve in order for him to be able to play at the 2012 London Olympics.
This win may boost Aisam’s ranking to allow him to play at the 2012 London Olympics.