Kazakhstan withstand difficult New Zealand challenge
Kazakhstan outlasted the arduous challenge put on by the New Zealand team. The Kazakh 3-1 victory was a difficult task, as they had very little room to close all three tiebreaker sets. Enduring the intensity of New Zealand was an exhausting responsibility for Kazakhstan but nevertheless had to be done to be able to move on to the quarterfinals.
As Dyachenko/Sidorenko were routed by Ben O’Dea/Sam O’Dea in their encounter, the Yakovlev/Kuleshov tandem proved to be the winning Kazakh pair that drew the last straw for the O’Deas.
Thailand ruled over Bahrain in all its matches and exhibited good recovery from every setback. Sangkhachot/Sukto had no difficulty defeating the Bahraini pair Ali/Mohammed but had a bumpy confrontation with Hassan/Aqueel during the first and second sets. Bahrain eventually gave in to the Thai surge and ended its campaign for the Olympic qualification.
Kazakhstan will face another tough opponent, as they will go up against top seeds Australia. Oman will challenge Indonesia, Iran will match-up with Japan, while China will play its first match in the competition against Thailand.