LAHORE - Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi on Monday created history in Melbourne when he became the first player from his country to squeeze into the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament.

Aisam teamed up with Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic at the Margaret Court Arena to conquer the formidable team of former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and rising Australian star Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals of the year’s first grand slam event.

The 6-3, 6-3 triumph makes Aisam the first Pakistani player to have entered the last-eight stage in Australian Open history. Aisam, who along with his former Indian partner Rohan Bopanna, created history in 2010 by reaching the final of the men’s doubles event at the US Open, was in full flow during the match against Serbia’s Jankovic and Tomic.

He served and volleyed well and received great support from Hlavackova as the seventh seeded duo just sailed in the quarterfinals of the tournament.