Photo: Radek VanaViktoria Kuzmova (SVK)
The final day of the round robin groups saw the biggest upset of the tournament as Slovak Republic stormed to victory over top seeds USA. Tereza Mihalikova got the Slovak’s off to a flying start with a straight sets win over Nicole Frenkel, before Victoria Kuzmova delivered the final nail in the coffin to destroy the US hopes of a fifth title in six years. The US won a consolatory doubles, however this wasn’t enough for them and they will now go in to the fifth to eighth play-off while Slovak Republic will challenge for the title.
Elsewhere in Group A Colombia went down 3-0 to India and now lie bottom of the group. Himani Mor and Pranjala Yadlapalli were too strong in their respective singles matches and eased their way to victory for a chance to play for 9th place.
Group B saw a titanic battle between host nation and fifth seeds Czech Republic and third seeds Australia. It was one rubber a piece going into the deciding doubles and a place in the semi-finals was still up for grabs. Australia’s Kimerly Birrell and Priscilla Hon took the first set before Czech Republic’s Tereza Kolarova and Marie Bouzkova fought back to take the second set, keeping the momentum going into the 3rd to take the tie and with it a place in tomorrow’s semi-final against Slovak Republic
It was all to play for in Group C going into the last round robin matches. Germany faced off against Egypt and enjoyed a 3-0 win, however their place in the semi-finals was only secured once China had fought off stuff competition from Croatia, which they did in straight sets in the deciding doubles. It was all or nothing for Croatia and with the loss to China they now go into the 13th-16th play-off where they will fight to avoid relegation.
The first team to go through to the semi-finals was Group D’s Team GB as Jazzi Plews and Gabriella Taylor sealed victory after the two singles. Plews powered to victory in just 55 minutes dropping only 2 games. Taylor fought back from a set down to defeat Canada’s Katarina Kopcalic and take the Brits through to the semis. Team GB then enjoyed a straight sets victory in the doubles to confirm their dominance in Group D. They will play Croatia in tomorrow’s semi-final.
It went right down to the wire in the other tie in Group D as Peru and Thailand battled it out to avoid last place in the group. It was all square as they went in to the doubles, in which Peru prevailed as Maria Paula Torres and Camila Varga came through in the third set to seal victory.
Today saw the clash of the unbeaten teams in Group A as USA and Chinese Taipei faced off for top spot in the group. William Blumberg got the USA off to a perfect start with a surprisingly easy 61 60 victory over Cing Yang Meng. USA number one Michael Mmoh clinched the tie for the Americans with a hard fought 76(2) 64 victory over Tung Lin Wu.
Great Britain finished third in the group after defeating Switzerland with an assured display. Samuel Ferguson won the opening singles rubber before Jay Clarke, building on his impressive win over Francis Tiafoe (USA) yesterday, defeated Swiss number one Marko Osmakcic 62 64.
In Group B Brazil qualified for the 1st to 4th playoff after defeating Germany 2-1. The Germans however looked to set to progess with Louis Wessels winning the opening singles rubber. In the second singles, the German number one Samuel Sippel was forced to retire after only two games after he vomited on the court. The Brazilians never looked back, clinching the doubles in straight sets to progress.
Third seeds Spain played sixth seeds Japan in Group C with the winner qualifying for the 1st to 4th place playoff. Both teams were very evenly matched with all three rubbers featured high quality tennis. It was poised at 1-1 after the two singles before the Japanese doubles pair of Yuki Takamura and Renta Tokuda clinched a hard fought straight sets victory for Japan.
Korea topped Group D after another impressive day’s tennis which saw them defeat Argentina 3-0. Duck Hee Lee and Chan Yeong Oh maintained their unbeaten records with straight sets wins in the singles rubbers. The pair then teamed up in the doubles rubber to defeat Manuel Pena Lopez and Genaro Olivieri 36 63 63.