Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewTeam Kazakhstan at Fed Cup Pre-Qualifying in Kuching, Malaysia
Kazakhstan capped a fine week at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Pre-Qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia after fighting past Sri Lanka to finish undefeated at the top of Group A.
The strongest two teams throughout the event, both Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka had already guaranteed themselves spots in the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon, Korea on 22-27 April before going head-to-head on Friday. But with bragging rights as group winners at stake, the week’s most dangerous doubles combination Assel Jumamukhambetova and Darya Shevchenko determinedly dismantled Nethmie Waduge and Thewni Dewaraja 61 61 in the deciding rubber to end the week on a high.
The result was no disgrace for Sri Lanka, who made a fight of proceedings when Nethmie Waduge clinched the second rubber with a 76(7) 62 win over Gozal Ainitdinova. The team claimed the second qualification spot after winning 12 of its 15 rubbers throughout the week – just one less than the group winners.
Pakistan, who won three of its five matches including a 3-0 victory over bottom-placed Jordan on Friday, narrowly missed out on qualification after finishing a point behind Sri Lanka following defeat to each of the top two sides.
Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, finished fourth after defeating fifth-placed Iran 3-0 in the final tie of the competition on Friday.
Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka head on to the Final Qualifying event in Korea in April as part of their bids to participate in the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on 24-29 September.
Click here for the final results from Kuching, Malaysia, this week: