Australia advances to semis with doubles win

4/8/2006 - Tennis

Australia clinched a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals by winning
a doubles match Saturday against Belarus, and Argentina took a 2-1
advantage over defending champion Croatia by winning the doubles.
Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley outlasted Max Mirnyi and Vladimir
Voltchkov 3-6, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 on hard courts in Melbourne to
give 28-time Davis Cup champion Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead
in the best-of-five event.
It will be the Australians' fifth appearance in the semifinals
in eight years.
Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt had given Australia a 2-0 lead
on Friday in the opening singles at Kooyong, the former home of the
Australian Open. Arthurs and Hanley had to save 14 of 16 break
points in the five-setter against Mirnyi and Voltchkov.
"Stressful stuff, isn't it?" Arthurs said. "I got off to a
horrendous start -- I was very tense in the first few sets."
In the Sept. 22-24 semifinals, the Australians will meet the
winner of the Croatia-Argentina contest.