Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi has reached the US Open men’s and mixed doubles finals and hopes to win both in tribute to the 21 million flood victims in his homeland.
Qureshi and partner Rohan Bopanna of India, trying to foster peace between their rival homelands, advanced to the men’s doubles final Wednesday by beating Argentina’s Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zaballos 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
The 16th-seeded duo will face US top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan in Friday’s championship match, but Qureshi has already booked another title date. He and Czech partner Kveta Peschke have reached Thursday’s mixed doubles final.
“The only motivation I have for these two weeks is to get these titles for the people back home,” Qureshi said. “I’m trying to send some positive news back home with the floods and everything.”
A flooding crisis began six weeks ago in Pakistan, the deluge devastation adding to the misery in an area already home to 1.7 million long-term Afghan refugees who have fled fighting in their neighbouring country.