Qureshi Scores Stockholm Doubles Title

By Parvez Fatteh, Founder of http://sportingummah.com, sports@muslimobserver.com

2013-10-20T132615Z_377663701_GM1E9AK1MY601_RTRMADP_3_TENNIS-MEN-STOCKHOLMPakistani tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Dutch partner Jean-Julian Rojer secured another doubles title, defeating Sweden’s Jonas Bjorkman and Robert Lindstedt 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Stockholm Open this past weekend.  Qureshi and Rojer were the top-seeded team in the draw, and they cruised in the final against the hometown Swedes, winning in just over an hour’s time. After the match, Qureshi dedicated the victory to the nation of Pakistan as an Eid gift.

This was Qureshi and Rojer’s second Masters doubles title this year, after having won the Sony Open earlier this year. This was the second Stockholm Open doubles title for Qureshi after previously winning the tournament with former doubles partner Rohan Bopanna of India in 2011. That duo was famously known as the Indo-Pak Express.

The Stockholm title has boosted the Pakistani-Dutch duo’s chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, which would be their second consecutive trip to the prestigious end-of-year tournament. Ironically, Qureshi and Rojer currently sit tied for 15th in the world in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) individual men’s doubles rankings. As a team, Qureshi and Rojer are ranked number six overall.


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