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Kazakh tennis team rocks in spite of robbery

07 march 2011, 13:29
Kazakhstan tennis team
Kazakhstan tennis team
Andrey Golubev
Andrey Golubev
Mikhail Kukushkin
Mikhail Kukushkin
Hotel rooms of Kazakhstan tennis team was robbed during the night on March 6, Executive Director of the Tennis Federation of Kazakhstan Marat Baimukhamedov told Tengrinews.kz. Baimukhamedov told the press that money and digital gadgets totally worth about $25,000 were stolen.

However this did not stop the Kazakhstan’s team from shooting its way to the quarter finals of Davis Cup World Group for the first time. In ¼ finals Kazakhstan will meet Argentina.

It seems strange that Kazakh team’s rooms were the only rooms robbed at the hotel that night. The rooms of the Czech tennis team and Kazakh fans in the same hotel remained untouched.

Kazakhstan provided the biggest upset of the weekend in their first appearance in the World Group as they took to the court to beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Ostrava just hours after finding their hotel rooms had been burgled , AFP reports.

In his first match on March 5 in Kazakhstan’s first Davis Cup match Andrey Golubev, ranked 43, bit Czech Jan Hajek 7:6, 6:7, 6:1, 7:6, 6:3 brining Kazakhstan’s team forward.

Then Andrey Golubev shocked Tomas Berdych 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, in the day's first reverse singles as the world number seven showed the strain of playing three days in a row. Tomas Berdych won from another Kazakh team member Mikhail Kukushkin.

Mikhail Kukushkin, ranked 63, was then feted as a hero by dominating Jan Hajek 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (10/8), 6-0 to seal the decisive point.

The Kazakhs next meet Argentina after the South Americans beat Romania 4-1 in Buenos Aires. Eduardo Schwank eased past Victor Crivoi 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 with Adrian Ungur getting a point back for the visitors with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win over Juan Monaco.

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