Davis Cup Tennis 2019: Friday's Group Scores and Latest Schedule

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2019

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 26: Abdulrahman Alawadhi and Essa Qabazard of Kuwait in action during their Pool A mens doubles match against Roy Hobbs and Jensen Hiu of Singapore during day one of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group III at OCBC Arena on June 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images for Singapore Sports Hub)
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Vietnam and Syria picked up their third wins in Asia/Oceania Group III of the 2019 Davis Cup on Friday.

They beat Kuwait and Malaysia at the OCBC Arena in Singapore, respectively, while Qatar and Sri Lanka also won their matches. 

In Africa Group IV, Botswana beat Congo 2-1, while Cameroon were also on the winning side after overcoming Ghana by the same scoreline. Rwanda ended the day by beating Uganda 2-1.


Asia/Oceania Group III

Sri Lanka 2-1 Singapore

Vietnam 3-0 Kuwait

Iran 1-2 Qatar

Syria 2-1 Malaysia


Africa Group IV

Botswana 2-1 Congo

Cameroon 1-2 Ghana

Rwanda 2-1 Uganda


Saturday Schedule

Sri Lanka vs. Qatar

Vietnam vs. Syria

Kuwait vs. Malaysia

Singapore vs. Iran

The full schedule can be found at the Davis Cup's official website.


Friday Recap

Vietnam made it three wins from three to remain top of Pool A as they comfortably dispatched Kuwait 3-0.

Linh Giang Trinh saw off Abdullah Maqdes 6-3, 7-5, before Hoang Nam Ly demolished Abdulrahman Alawadhi 6-0, 6-1.

Maqdes and Mohammad Ghareeb were able to take the third rubber to three sets, but they fell short against Ly and Quoc-Khanh Le.

Syria's 2-1 win over Malaysia did the same for them in Pool B that Vietnam's victory did in Pool A.

Malaysia took the lead as Christian Didier Chin overcame Yacoub Makzoume 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, the first rubber Syria have conceded.

Kareem Al Allaf responded emphatically for Syria, though, as he raced to a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Shamirul Shahril Mohd Adam Das in 49 minutes, before he and Makzoume beat Chin and Mohd Adam Das in the doubles.

Sri Lanka and Qatar secured second spot in Pools A and B, respectively, with their wins over Singapore and Iran.

The former had to come from behind, after Shaheed Alam won the opening rubber against Dineshkanthan Thangarajah.

Harshana Godamanna levelled proceedings with his win over Hao Yuan Ng, before the Sri Lankan pair teamed up to beat their Singapore counterparts 2-6, 7-6 (8), 7-5 in two hours and 28 minutes.

Sri Lanka and Qatar will join Vietnam and Syria in the first to fourth play-off on Saturday.

Botswana split the singles matches with Congo, after Brasny Ntomosso had seen off Aobakwe Lekang in straights sets. Ntomosso had to survive a tiebreak to take the first set 7-6(5), before winning another close-fought set 6-4.

Fortunately for Botswana, things were easier in the next match as Lefa Ashley Sibanda beat Armel Mokobo in straight sets without dropping a single game in either.

Thato Holmes and Matshidiso Malope were too good for Habib-Gildas Lhebath and Mokobo. Botswana's duo won both sets 6-2 to seal the tie.

Rwanda also won, with Mathieu Uwizeyimana beat Frank Tayebwa. The former had to come back from a set down, but took the next two to wrap up a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.

Ernest Habiyambere was also taken to three sets by David Oringa. Habiyambere converted two of three break points, per the tournament's official website, en route to taking the opening set.

Oringa fought back in the second, but he couldn't overcome five double faults and seeing his serve broken three times in the third set. Habiyambere had won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Victory was sealed when Tayebwa and Simon Peter Ayella retired for Uganda during the doubles, despite things being even at a set apiece.