Photo: Radek VanaMichael Mmoh (USA)
Top seeds USA will meet second seeds and defending champions Korea in Saturday’s final after both teams posted emphatic victories today. Japan faced Korea on centre court in a repeat of the final of Asia/Oceania qualifying and the outcome was once again an emphatic win for the Koreans. Both Korean singles players Yun Seong Chung and Duck Hee Lee have been unbeaten all week and were in no mood to let their record slip. Chung defeated Yuki Takamura 61 63 before Lee defeated Renta Tokuda 61 62 to seal victory for Korea.
The USA faced stiff opposition in the form of a spirited Brazil side in their semi final. Michael Mmoh got them off to the perfect start with a 62 62 victory over Antonioni Fasano which was closer than the scoreline suggested. Francis Tiafoe (USA) then edged a close match with Orlando Luz (BRA) to send the Americans into the final. The USA boys will be looking to win their first World Junior Tennis title since 2008.
Germany and Spain will play off for fifth spot tomorrow after they beat Chinese Taipei and Argentina respectively today. It was plain sailing for the Germans whose number one Samuel Sippel recovered from a bout of sickness to play in the doubles rubber and help his team to a 3-0 victory. The tie between Spain and Argentina was a much closer and was tied at 1-1 after the two singles. The Spanish doubles pair were too strong and sealed the tie.
In the 9th to 12th place playoff matches France defeated Chile and Australia defeated Great Britain in a titanic ashes battle. The deciding doubles went right down to the wire before after over two hours of hard fought tennis the Australian pair of Oliver Anderson and Max Purcell won 46 64 75. The Aussies will now face France tomorrow to battle it out for 9th spot.
Mexico and South Africa will face off to avoid the wooden spoon on Saturday after they both suffered losses today. The South Africans went down to 3-0 to the Czech Republic whilst the Mexicans lost 2-1 to Switzerland.
Slovak Republic will face Great Britain in Saturday’s finals after a dramatic semi-finals day on the courts of TK Prostejov.
Slovak Republic faced off against host nation Czech Republic and overcame a valiant Czech side to seal the win after the two singles rubbers. The hosts were denied the consolatory doubles as the Slovaks fought back from a set down to record a 3-0 win and confirm the win and their place in Saturday’s final. They will play against Great Britain, who fought off stiff competition from Germany. Katharina Gerlach drew first blood for the Germans recording a 75 61 win over Britain’s Jazzi Plews. Gabriella Taylor then levelled the tie for the Brits with a straight sets win over Anna Gabric. It was all to play for going into the deciding doubles as they fought it out for a place in the finals. Plews teamed up with Maia Lumsden to take on Katharina Gerlach and Lena Rueffer and, after a shaky start, they stormed to a 63 62 win to keep their title hopes alive.
Sixth seeds China took on seventh seeds Canada in the 5th – 8th play-off with the Chinese duo of Si-Qi Cao and Jia-Qi Ren proving too strong for the Canadians in the deciding doubles, storming to a 60 61 victory. They will play for 5th place tomorrow against Australia who came through in the deciding doubles against top seeds USA. It went right down to the wire with the Aussies coming through in the third set to take the win.
Egypt cruised to victory over Peru in the 9th to 12th play-off recording a 3-0 win to set up a battle for 9th place against India. India defied the odds to beat Russia, as Pranjala Yadlapalli and Vanshika Sawhney edged past Yuliana Bryzgalova and Aleksandra Pospelova 76(3) 36 64.
Croatia eased to victory against Thailand to avoid battling it out in the relegation match on Saturday. The Europeans sealed the win after the two singles rubbers with both Lea Boskovic and Petra Granic easing to straight set wins in their respective singles matches. They will play Argentina for 13th place, who dispatched Colombia 60 60 in the deciding doubles. Colombia and Thailand will battle it out to avoid last place.