25 Mar 2013

Singapore and Yemen reach Final Qualifying

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Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewAbdo Amr (YEM)

Singapore and Yemen have both qualified for the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon, Korea on 22-27 April after reaching the final of the Pre-Qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia.  

The event, which took place from 24-29 March, saw ten teams across three groups battle for the chance to move on to the Final Qualifying event, but strong performances from the eventual finalists throughout the week guaranteed their safe passage through to Korea.

Singapore mastered Friday's final, coming back from 1-0 down to win the Pre-Qualifying event. Abdo Amr won the opening rubber for Yemen, before Isaac Yong Jei Ong levelled the scores and went on to clinch the deciding rubber alongside Shervin Shi Yun Foo.

Both nations are now able to look ahead to the challenge of winning one of four spots up for grabs into the Junior Davis Cup Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico from 24-29 September.

Third seeds Yemen had finished second in their group ahead of the knockout stages after losing to Saudi Arabia in its opening match, but went on to pull off the shock of the week in Thursday’s semifinals after stunning Kazakhstan. Abdo Amr and Alansi Ghassan achieved singles wins to send Yemen into the final at the expense of the top seeds.

Second seeds Singapore, meanwhile, went undefeated throughout its week in Kuching, defeating Vietnam and Iran in the group stages before edging out group C winners Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the semifinals and conquering Yemen in the final.

To view all the results from the Pre-Qualifying event this week, click here.