Photo: Do-Won KimAugustin Ledesma (ARG)
Argentina and Poland went to a deciding doubles rubber as the men’s World Group got underway on the second day of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup at the Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Seoul, Korea Republic.
MEN’S WORLD GROUP
Poland's Piotr Jaroszewski narrowly avoided defeat against Argentina's Augustin Ledesma before edging to a 46 76(7) 64 victory, while new world No. 9 and Japan Open champion Gustavo Fernandez beat Poland's top ranked player Tadeusz Kruszelnicki 75 62 as the tie went into a deciding rubber between the 2004 World Team Cup finalists and the Parapan American Games doubles medallists.
But Ledesma and Fernandez proved the strongest to clinch a tense doubles match 64 76(7) and give sixth seeds Argentina a 2-1 victory in the Group A tie.
Meanwhile, Joachim Gerard kept Belgium in their Group D tie against Austria after coming from behind to defeat Martin Legner 36 62 63, but Legner and Mossier, two of the players that helped Austria to win the World Group 2 title in 2009, eased to a 62 60 victory in the deciding doubles rubber against Gerard and Roland de Meersman to give Austria a 2-1 win in their opening round robin contest.
Later in the day fifth seeds Great Britain beat 2011 semifinalists and host nation Korea Republic in both singles rubbers on Centre Court to make a winnng start in Group B, while 2011 World Group 2 runners-up USA beat Spain 3-0 as Jon Rydberg and Steve Baldwin combined to win their respective singles rubbers and a three set doubles contest.
MEN'S WORLD GROUP 2
Nigeria pulled off the biggest upset of the day when they defeated fourth seeds Switzerland 2-1 in World Group 2.
The Group D tie between the winners of the qualification competiton for Africa earlier this year and the runners-up in the qualification competition for Europe began with Nigeria's Wasiu Yusuf beating Yann Avanthey 64 61.
Nigeria began the competition with the lowest combined ranking of the 12 teams in World Group 2, but came close to securing both singles rubbers before Daniel Pellegrina edged out Alex Adewale, the only member of the Nigerian team with a world ranking, 64 75. However, Nigeria would not be denied a famous victory and Adewale and Yusuf claimed the crucial doubles rubber 75 62.
WOMEN'S WORLD GROUP
Third seeds Japan and fourth seeds Great Britain both needed a deciding doubles rubber before winning their opening round robin ties in the women's World Group.
Former world No. 6 Sakhorn Khanthasit gave Thailand the lead against Japan, but world No. 7 Yui Kamiji was equally comfortable in winning the second singles rubber for Japan. However, Kanako Domori and Kamiji produced a solid effort in the doubles rubber to defeat Athens Paralympic silver medallists Ratana Techamaneewat and Khanthasit 61 64 and seal the Group C tie.
The women's Group D tie between Great Britain and USA began with Kaitlyn Verfuerth, the former women's singles gold medallist at the Parapan America Games, coming from a set down to defeat Great Britain's Jordanne Whiley 26 64 64, but Lucy Shuker steadied the Great Britain ship after easing past Emmy Kaiser 62 61.
The crucial doubles rubber was a close contest, but eventually Shuker and Whiley clinched the important points to beat Mackenzie Soldan and Verfuerth 64 75 and wrap up a 2-1 win for Great Britain.
The 2011 finalists the Netherlands and Germany both eased into this year's competition after 3-0 wins over France and Switzerland respectively.
The second day of round robin matches in the quad event ended with top seeds and defending champions USA staying unbeaten in Group A after beating Italy 3-0, while Japan took an unassailable 2-0 lead over host nation Korea Republic after Nagaoka Takashi fought back from a set down to deny Myoung-sic Nam 67(4) 63 62.
Great Britain remained unbeaten in Group B after defeating Canada 3-0, while former champions and 2010 and 2011 runners-up Israel beat South Africa 3-0 ahead of the third and last day of group matches before the knockout phase of the quad event later in the week.
In Group B, former champions the Netherlands and USA met in a crucial round robin tie and Carlos Anker won a thrilling final set tiebreak against American Chris Herman 67(9) 64 76(4) as the Netherlands secured an unassailable lead after the two singles rubbers.
Meanwhile, Russia and Mexico, the two teams making their debuts in the junior event, went head-to-head, with Russia winning 3-0 to record their first win in the event.
South Africa edged to a 2-1 win over Iraq after a deciding doubles rubber in the second of three round-robin ties for both nations in Group A of the junior event, as top seeds Great stayed unbeaten in the same pool after beating Argentina 3-0.
Overview of Matches - Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Men's World Group Draw
Men's World Group 2 Draw
Women's World Group Draw
Quad World Group Draw
Junior World Group Draw