19 Apr 2013

Finalists decided in Kuching

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Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewAustralia at Final Qualifying event in Kuching

Australia and Japan continued their unbeaten runs at the World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania Final qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia, both posting 3-0 wins in the semi-finals over India and Thailand respectively. 

The strongest two teams throughout the event, Australia and Japan have already guaranteed themselves spots in the World Junior Tennis Finals in Czech Republic, along with India and Thailand, and tomorrow will go head to head.

Australia have had an impressive run in Kuching, dropping just one set en route to tomorrow's final. Aiava Destanee and Seone Mendez have yet to be properly tested at this week's event, with Mendez enjoying straight set victories throughout. Today was just another day at the office for the Aussies as they proved they really are the team to beat posting a convincing 3-0 win over third seeds India. India' Mihika Yadav had, up until today, enjoyed an unbeaten record in Kuching, but Aiava Destanee soon saw to that, cruising to a 63 61 win over India's No. 1 player. 

Japan came through a closely fought tie against Thailand with Saya Ito securing victory in the second rubber to give Japan an unassailable 2-0 lead over the fifth seeds. The dead doubles rubber turned into a real battle with the Japanese duo of  Haruna Arakawa and Kimika Sakata prevailing 75 46 63 in just over three hours. Thailand will take on India in tomorrow's third place play-off.

Chinese Taipei, who narrowly missed out on securing a place in the World Junior Tennis Finals, continued to impress with an empathic win over sixth seeds Korea. They will now take on fourth seeds China for a chance to claim fifth place at the Final Qualifying.

Australia, Japan, India and Thailand head on to the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 5-10 August. 

For a full breakdown of Friday's results click here