Photo: Do-Won KimYu Jin ahn (KOR)
Top seeds Australia cruised past China in its final round robin match to secure top spot and qualify top of Group A at the the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon, Korea.
The best performing nation from the Asia/Oceania region at the Junior Fed Cup Finals last year after reaching the semifinals, Australia go on to play sixth seeds Hong Kong knowing a win would take it a step closer to qualifying for the Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September.
Its next opponents Hong Kong scored a narrow victory against India to bump the defeated nation down into third place in Group C and deny the third seeds a place in the quarterfinals.
Two unseeded nations, Uzbekistan and Indonesia, will face off against each other for a place at the Junior Fed Cup Finals. The two nations caused shock upsets in Groups A and C to progress to the play-offs ahead of seeded nations in their respective groups; China and India.
Hosts and fourth seeds Korea will take on fifth seeds Thailand.
The remaining quarterfinal tie sees seventh seeds New Zealand go up against the dark horse of the competition, Uzbekistan. The Uzbeks upset second seeds Chinese Taipei on day one and then held their nerve for the play-off decider against Philippines to secure a quarterfinal place against New Zealand, who topped Group D ahead of fourth seeds Korea.
After persistent rain allowed only Junior Fed Cup action to be played on Tuesday, the Junior Davis Cup final qualifying event resumed on Wednesday with day two of the round robin matches taking place.
The matches so far have gone mostly to seeding, with top seeds Korea enjoying whitewash victories over both Uzbekistan and Malaysia. Korea's Duck Hee Lee has impressed en route to his two straight-set victories, dropping just one game against both Hao Shueng Koay (MAS) and Said Alo Saidkarimov (UZB). Tomorrow Korea will face off against fifth seeds New Zealand for a chance to top Group A.
The only upset in the boys' event today saw seventh seeds Thailand go down 1-2 to unseeded China. The Chinese duo of Yi-Zhou Liu and Ting-Hui Zhang stormed to a 60 third set win in the deciding doubles to take the tie and keep their play-off hopes alive.
For full draws and results from this week's Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup events in Korea click here