Iran tennis players overcome Turkmens in Davis Cup

Iranian tennis players have achieved victories over Turkmen counterparts at the 2016 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III in Tehran.

The Iranian players maintained their winning streak and basked in another sweet taste of impressive success at the continental sports event on Friday.

Shahin Khaledan took on left-handed Isa Mammetgulyyev in a singles competition at Tehran’s Enghelab Sports Complex, and served a number of good aces, which his 19-year-old Central Asian opponent eventually crumbled under. Khaledan downed Mammetgulyyev 7-6 at the end of the first set.

The 26-year-old Iranian sportsman remained in cruise control as the match went into the second set, and unleashed several serves that helped him better the fixture and deservedly edge ahead at 6-3.

Later in the day, Iran’s Amir Vala-Ma’danchi claimed the opener against 20-year-old Atlymyrat Gurbanov 6-1, before breezing through the second period 6-1 again for a two-set lead.

Iranian tennis player Amir Vala-Ma’danchi

The 2016 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III started in Tehran, Iran, on July 11, and will wrap up on July 16.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been drawn in Group A alongside Hong Kong, Pacific Oceania and Turkmenistan. Cambodia, Lebanon, Singapore, Syria and Qatar are in Group B.

The Iranian outfit consists of Anousha Shahgholi, Shahin Khaledan, Amir Vala-Ma’danchi and Mohammad Kargaran-Orouji.

The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men’s lawn tennis. It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format. Iran competed in its first Davis Cup in 1962.

By Press TV