2014 Week-14: Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals

27 nations hosted Davis Cup Ties over the weekend…one was allowed a postponement. Parliamentary elections in Jakarta, Indonesia forced last weekend’s Group II Playoff Tie with Hong Kong to be pushed back to the end of the month.

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Italian Anchor – Fabio Fognini
  • The Czech Republic easily advanced to its 3rd consecutive Semifinal with a 5-0 win over Japan…they’ll face France in September
  • Gael Monfils was the hero in France, clinching the Tie over Germany with a 3-set, 5th-rubber win over Peter Gojowczyk. With losses from both Benneteau and Tsonga on Day-1, Team France had to deliver 3 consecutive wins to advance
  • Fabio Fognini played out of his mind for Team Italy over the weekend. He took four-sets to defeat Great Britain’s James Ward, then delivered a huge 3-set win over Andy Murray in the 4th rubber. Andreas Seppi then clinched the QF-Tie for Italy with a 5th-rubber win over Ward…Italy will face Switzerland in September
  • Roger Federer delivered a clutch 5th-rubber Tie-clinching win for Switzerland on Sunday. Stan Wawrinka lost his singles rubber on Friday, then he and Roger lost the doubles rubber on Saturday. Both singles wins on Sunday were critical. Roger was undoubtedly the backbone of this Tie

In Group I play…

  • Marin Cilic delivered Croatia to the World Group Playoffs this September with a remarkable come-from-behind 4th-rubber win over Jerzy Janowicz. Cilic was down 0-2 before battling back to win the final 3-sets and the Tie for Team Croatia
  • Uzbekistan reached the World Group Playoffs with a 5-set, 5th-rubber win from Farrukh Dustov over China

In Group II play…

  • After Day-1, Pakistan was down 0-2 to the Philippines – but managed a comeback win behind Aisam Qureshi. They’ll now compete in September for a spot in Davis Cup Group I
  • Lithuania’s Laurynas Grigelis delivered a clutch 5th-rubber win over South Africa
  • Bosnia Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic won both of his singles rubbers. In fact, he too battled 5-sets in a 5th and deciding rubber to defeat Finland

In the Group II Playoffs…

  • The biggest clutch win came from Harshana Godamanna of Sri Lanka, winning a 3-setter in the 5th-rubber to send Vietnam back to Group III for 2015

Davis Cup World Group:

Winning nations advance to the World Group Semifinals. Losing nations remain the World Group for 2015

Czech Republic vs. Japan (CZE wins 5-0)
R1 (CZE) Radek Stepanek def. (JPN) Tatsuma Ito 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-1, 7-5
R2 (CZE) Lukas Rosol def. (JPN) Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2
R3*(CZE) Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek def. (JPN) Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
R4 (CZE) Lukas Rosol def. (JPN) Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
R5 (CZE) Jiri Vesely def. (JPN) Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-4

French Hero Gael Monfils
French Hero Gael Monfils

Germany vs. France (FRA wins 3-2)
R1 (GER) Tobias Kamke def. (FRA) Julien Benneteau 7-6(8), 6-3, 6-2
R2 (GER) Peter Gojowczyk def. (FRA) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5-7, 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(8), 8-6
R3 (FRA) Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra def. (GER) Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke
R4 (FRA) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. (GER) Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
R5*(FRA) Gael Monfils def. (GER) Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6(0), 6-2

Great Britian vs. Italy (ITA wins 3-2)
R1 (ITA) Fabio Fognini def. (GBR) James Ward 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
R2 (GBR) Andy Murray def. (ITA) Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
R3 (GBR) Andy Murrray/Colin Fleming def. (ITA) Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
R4 (ITA) Fabio Fognini def. (GBR) Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
R5*(ITA) Andreas Seppi def. (GBR) James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Kazakhstan vs. Switzerland (SUI wins 3-2)
R1 (KAZ) Andrey Golubev def. (SUI) Stan Wawrinka 7-6(5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5)
R2 (SUI) Roger Federer def. (KAZ) Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
R3 (KAZ) Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov def. (SUI) Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5)
R4 (SUI) Stan Wawrinka def. (KAZ) Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
R5*(SUI) Roger Federer def. (KAZ) Andrey Golubev 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-3

NEXT: The World Group Semifinals are coming up the weekend following the US Open. France will host the Czech Republic. Switzerland will host Italy.

Davis Cup Group I:

Winning nations advance to the World Group Playoffs in September. Losers will remain in Group I for 2015.

(Americas) Brazil vs. Ecuador (BRA wins 3-1)
R1 (ECU) Rogerio Dutra Silva def. (BRA) Julio-Cesar Campozano 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
R2 (BRA) Elilio Gomez def. (ECU) Guilherme Clezar 2-7(3), 6-4, 1-1(ret)
R3 (BRA) Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares def. (ECU) Gonzalo Escobar/Giovanni Lapentti 6-2, 6-0, 6-3
R4*(BRA) Rogerio Dutra Silva def. (ECU) Emilio Gomez 6-4, 6-7(10), 6-1, 6-1
R5 Not played

(Americas) Dominican Republic vs. Columbia (COL wins 4-1)
R1 (COL) Santiago Giraldo def. (DOM) Jose Hernandez 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2
R2 (COL) Alejandro Falla def. (DOM) Victor Estrella 4-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
R3*(COL) Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah def. (DOM) Jose Hernandez/Victor Estrella 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
R4 (DOM) Peter Bertran def. (COL) Robert Farah 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
R5 (COL) Juan-Sebastian Cabal def. (DOM) Jose Olivares 6-0, 6-1

(Asia/Oceania) Uzbekistan vs. China (UZB wins 3-2)
R1 (UZB) Denis Istomin def. (CHN) Ze Zhang 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
R2 (CHN) Di Wu def. (UZB) Farrukh Dustov 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 3-6, 9-7
R3 (UZB) Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin def. (CHN) Mao-Xin Gong/Zhe Li 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
R4 (CHN) Di Wu def. (UZB) Denis Istomin 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-5
R5*(UZB) Farrukh Dustov def. (CHN) Ze Zhang 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3

(Asia/Oceania) India vs. Republic of Korea (IND wins 3-1)
R1 (IND) Somdev Devvarman (IND) def. (KOR) Hyeon Chung 7-6(4), 7-6(3), 6-4
R2 (KOR) Yong-Kyu Lim def. (IND) Sanam Singh 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4
R3 (IND) Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni def. (KOR) Hyung-Taik Lee/Yong-Kyu Lim 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3
R4*(IND) Somdev Devvarman def. (KOR) Yong-Kyu Lim 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
R5 Not played

(Europe/Africa) Croatia vs. Poland (CRO wins 3-1)
R1 (CRO) Marin Cilic def. (POL) Michal Przysiezny 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
R2 (CRO) Borna Coric def. (POL) Jerzy Janowicz 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
R3 (POL) Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski def. (CRO) Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic 6-7(1), 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
R4*(CRO) Marin Cilic def. (POL) Jerzy Janowicz 3-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
R5 Not played

(Europe/Africa) Israel vs. Slovenia (ISR wins 3-1)
R1 (ISR) Amir Weintraub def. (SVN) Blaz Kavcic 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
R2 (SVN) Blaz Rola def. (ISR) Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
R3 (ISR) Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram def. (SVN) Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
R4*(ISR) Dudi Sela def. (SVN) Grega Zemlja 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2
R5 Not played

(Europe/Africa) Ukraine vs. Sweden (UKR wins 4-1)
R1 (UKR) Sergiy Stakhovsky def. (SWE) Johan Brunstrom 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 13-11
R2 (UKR) Artem Smirnov def. Markus Eriksson 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
R3 (SWE) Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt def. (UKR) Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
R4*(UKR) Sergiy Stakhovsky def. (SWE) Markus Eriksson 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 6-4
R5 (UKR) Sergei Bubka def. (SWE) Robert Lindstedt 5-7, 7-6(3), ret.

(Europe/Africa) Austria vs. Slovak Republic (SVK wins 4-1)
R1 (SVK) Nobert Gombos def. (AUT) Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
R2 (SVK) Lukas Lacko def. (AUT) Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-6(3), 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
R3*(SVK) Martin Klizan/Michal Mertinak def. (AUT) Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem 6-7(4), 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4
R4 (AUT) Andreas Haider-Maurer def. (SVK) Nobert Gombos 7-6(5), 7-5
R5 (SVK) Lukas Lacko def. (AUT) Gerald Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

NEXT: Group I winning nations: In September, Brazil, Columbia, Uzbekistan, India, Croatia, Israel, Ukraine and Slovak Republic, will compete in the World Group Playoffs; they will play 2014 World Group First-Round losers, including the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Australia, the United States, Argentina, Belgium and Serbia. Group I losing nations remain in Group I play for 2015.

Davis Cup Group II:

Winning nations will compete in September to try and advance to Group I. Losing nations will remain in Group II for 2015.

(Americas) El Salvador vs. Barbados (BRB wins 4-1)
R1 (BRB) Darian King def. (SLV) Rafael Arevalo (SLV) 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
R2 (SLV) Marcelo Arevalo def. (BRB) Haydn Lewis 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(1)
R3 (BRB) Darian King/Haydn Lewis def. (SLV) Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(9), ret.
R4*(BRB) Darian King def. (SLV) Marcelo Arevalo 6-0, 1-0, ret.
R5 (BRB) Seanon Williams def. (SLV) Salvador Andres Bolanos 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-6(8)

(Americas) Peru vs. Mexico (MEX wins 3-2)
R1 (MEX) Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela def. (PER) Mauricio Echazu 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
R2 (PER) Duilio Beretta def. (MEX) Cesar Ramirez 2-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
R3 (MEX) Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela def. Sergio Galdos/Rodrigo Sanchez 6-2, 6-1, 6-1
R4*(MEX) Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela def. (PER) Duilio Beretta 6-3, 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3
R5 (PER) Mauricio Echazu def. (MEX) Miguel Gallardo-Valles 6-3, 6-4

(Asia/Oceania) Pakistan vs. Philippines (PAK wins 3-2)
R1 (PHL) Patrick-John Tierro def. (PAK) Ageel Khan 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
R2 (PHL) Ruben Gonzales def. (PAK) Sammir Iftikhar 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
R3 (PAK) Ageel Khan/Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi def. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
R4 (PAK) Ageel Khan def. Johnny Arcilla 4-6, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, 5-1 (ret.)
R5*(PAK) Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi def. (PHL) Patrick-John Tierro 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

(Asia/Oceania) Kuwait vs. Thailand (THA wins 4-1)
R1 (THA) Pruchya Isarow def. (KWT) Abdulhameed Alshatti 6-0, 6-0, 6-0
R2 (KWT) Mohammad Ghareeb def. (THA) Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul 3-6, 7-6(8), 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-5
R3 (THA) Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan def. (KWT) Hassan Al Mousa/Mohammed Ghareeb 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-3
R4*(THA) Pruchya Isarow def. (KWT) Mohammad Ghareeb 6-2, 7-6(12), 1-6, 6-1
R5 (THA) Warit Sornbutnark def. (KWT) Ali Ghareeb 6-3, 6-4

(Europe/Africa) Lithuania vs. South Africa (LTU wins 3-2)
R1 (LTU) Ricardis Berankis def. (ZAF) Jean Anderson 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3
R2 (ZAF) Rik De Voest def. (LTU) Laurynas Grigelis 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(4)
R3 (ZAF) Jean Andersen/Raven Klaasen def. (LTU) Ricardis Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(5)
R4 (LTU) Ricardis Berankis def. (ZAF) Rik De Voest 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
R5*(LTU) Laurynas Grigelis def. (ZAF) Ruan Roelofse 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4

(Europe/Africa) Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Finland (BIH wins 3-2)
R1 (BIH) Damir Dzumhur def. (FIN) Juho Paukku 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-4
R2 (BIH) Mirza Basic def. (FIN) Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3, 8-6
R3 (FIN) Henri Kontinen/Jarko Nieminen def. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2
R4 (FIN) Jarkko Nieminen def. (BIH) Damir Dzumhur 7-5, 7-6(1), 6-1
R5*(BIH) Mirza Basic def. (FIN) Juho Paukku 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

(Europe/Africa) Belarus vs. Republic of Moldova (MDA wins 4-1)
R1 (MDA) Radu Albot def. (BLR) Dzmitry Zhyrmont 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
R2 (MDA) Maxim Dubarenco def. (BLR) Uladzimir Ignatik 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-3
R3 (BLR) Egor Gerasimov/Max Mirnyi def. (MDA) Andrei Ciumac/Andrei Gorban 6-3, 6-2, 6-0
R4*(MDA) Radu Albot def. (BLR) Egor Gerasimov 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
R5 (MDA) Maxim Dubarenco def. (BLR) Dzmitry Zhyrmont 7-6(3), 7-6(2)

(Europe/Africa) Luxembourg vs. Denmark (DNK wins 5-0)
R1 (DNK) Martin Pedersen def. (LUX) Ugo Nastasi 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
R2 (DNK) Frederik Nielsen def. (LUX) Mike Scheidweiler 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(5), 6-1
R3*(DNK) Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen def. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler 4-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
R4 (DNK) Frederik Nielsen def. (LUX) Ugo Nastasi 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
R5 (DNK) Mikael Torpegaard def. (LUX) Christophe Tholl 6-2, 6-3

NEXT: Winning nations will compete in September to earn a spot in Group I for 2015: Barbados hosts Mexico, Thailand hosts Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina hosts Lithuania, and Denmark hosts Moldova. Losing nations remain in Group II for 2015.

Davis Cup Group II Playoffs:

Winning nations will remain in Group II for 2015. Losing nations will be relegated to Group III for 2015.

(Americas) Paraguay vs. Chile (CHL wins 5-0)
R1 (CHL) Gonzalo Lama def. (PRY) Juan Borba 6-3, 6-0, 6-1
R2 (CHL) Christian Garin def. (PRY) Gustavo Ramirez 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-3
R3*(CHL) Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville def. (PRY) Ramon Delgado/Gustavo Ramirez 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
R4 (CHL) Jorge Aguilar def. (PRY) Juan-Carlos Ramirez 6-4, 6-2
R5 (CHL) Christian Garin def. (PRY) Juan Borba 6-2, 6-1

(Americas) Guatemala vs. Bolivia (BOL wins 3-1)
R1 (GTM) Christopher Diaz-Figueroa def. (BOL) Federico Zeballos 7-6(8), 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
R2 (BOL) Hugo Dellien def. (GTM) Andres Bucaro 6-2, 6-3, 7-5
R3 (BOL) Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos def. (GTM) Andres Bucaro/Christopher Diaz-Figueroa 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-4
R4*(BOL) Hugo Dellien def. (GTM) Christopher Diaz-Figueroa 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
R5 Not played

(Asia/Oceania) Sri Lanka vs. Vietnam (LKA wins 3-2)
R1 (VNM) Minh-Quan Do def. (LKA) Dineshkanthan Thangarajah 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
R2 (LKA) Harshana Godamanna def. (VNM) Thien Nguyen Hoang 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
R3 (LKA) Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna def. (VNM) Min-Quan Do/Quoc-Khanh Le 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
R4 (VNM) Thien Nguyen Hoang def. (LKA) Sharmal Dissanayake 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
R5*(LKA) Harshana Godamanna def. (VNM) Minh-Quan Do 6-3, 7-5, 6-0

(Asia/Oceania) (HKG) Hong Kong, China vs. (IDN) Indonesia
** Due to Parliamentary elections in Jakarta, this Tie will be played at the end of the month.

(Europe/Africa) Monaco vs. Norway (MCO wins 5-0)
R1 (MCO) Benjamin Balleret def. (NOR) Viktor Durasovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
R2 (MCO) Romain Arneodo def. (NOR) Joachim Bjerke 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3
R3*(MCO) Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger def. (NOR) Stian Boretti/Erling Tveit 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
R4 (MCO) Benjamin Balleret def. (NOR) Joachim Bjerke 7-6(5), 6-4
R5 (MCO) Romain Arneodo def. (NOR) Viktor Durasovic 6-1, 6-2

(Europe/Africa) Bulgaria vs. Greece (BGR wins 4-1)
R1 (BGR) Grigor Dimitrov def. (GRC) Markos Kalovelonis 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
R2 (BGR) Dimitar Kutrovsky def. (GRC) Theodoros Angelinos 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
R3*(BGR) Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky def. (GRC) Alexandros Jakupovic/markos Kalovelonis 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4
R4 (GRC) Alexandros Jakupovic def. (BGR) Dinko Halachev 7-6(2), 6-1
R5 (BGR) Dimitar Kutrovsky def. (GRC) Markos Kalovelonis 5-7, 6-0, 6-1

(Europe/Africa) Egypt vs. Ireland (IRL wins 3-2)
R1 (IRL) James McGee def. (EGY) Karim-Mohamed Maamoun 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
R2 (EGY) Mohamed Safwat def. (IRL) Sam Barry 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 7-6(5)
R3 (IRL) Sam Barry/James Cluskey def. (EGY) Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-2
R4*(IRL) James McGee def. (EGY) Mohamed Safwat 7-5, 6-4, 6-3
R5 (EGY) Mazen Ozama def. (IRL) Daniel Glancy 7-6(4), 7-6(5)

(Europe/Africa) Cyprus vs. Morocco (MAR wins 4-1)
R1 (CYP) Sergis Kyratzis def. (MAR) Hicham Khaddari 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5
R2 (MAR) Lamine Ouahab def. (CYP) Petros Chrysochos 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
R3 (MAR) Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi def. Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4
R4*(MAR) Lamine Ouahab def. (CYP) Sergis Kyratzis 6-0, 6-0, 6-0
R5 (MAR) Ayoub Chakrouni def. (CYP) Constantinos Ioannides 6-3, 6-2

NEXT: Winning nations remain in Group II play for 2015: Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Monaco, Bulgaria, Ireland, Morocco. Losing nations relegated to Group III for 2015: Paraguay, Guatemala, Vietnam, Norway, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus.

Davis Cup Group III:

Americas (Humacao, Puerto Rico / June 2) – Featuring Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago. Two nations will be promoted to Group II.

Asia/Oceania (Tehran, Iran / June 9) – Featuring Cambodia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Singapore, Syria, Turkmenistan, UAE. Two nations will be promoted to Group II. Two nations will be relegated to Group IV.

Europe (Szeged, Hungary / May 5) – Featuring Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, San Marino, Turkey. Two nations will be promoted to Group II.

Africa (Cairo, Egypt / September 8) – Featuring Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Congo, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zimbabwe. Two nations will be promoted to Group II.

Davis Cup Group IV:

Asia/Oceania (Tehran, Iran / June 9) – Featuring Bahrain, Bangladesh, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Oman, Pacific Oceania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the two nations relegated from Asia/Oceania Group III play.