02 Aug 2013

Switzerland ousts reigning champions in pre-qualifying

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Action from the Zone C Junior Fed Cup pre-qualifying event in Curtea De Arges, Romania

Switzerland’s under 16 boys’ led the line with one of several surprise results across the Borotra Cup on 31 July - 2 August after becoming one of eight nations to earn a place in the Junior Davis Cup Europe final qualifying event in Le Touquet, France on 5-7 August.

The Swiss team mastered a tricky Zone A in Trani that included 2011 champion Great Britain and host nation Italy, who has reached the Junior Davis Cup final for last two years running and won the title in 2012.

With one hurdle removed when Italy ousted Great Britain in the first round, Switzerland defeated Croatia in its opening tie before stunning the reigning Junior Davis Cup champion in the second round when Marko Osmakcic and Johan Nikles edged Italy's Andrea Pellegrino and Gian Marco Moroni 36 61 76(4) in the narrowest of deciding doubles rubbers.

Switzerland was joined in the Zone A final by fourth seed Norway, who defeated top seed Poland 2-1 in the deciding doubles rubber to secure its spot into next week’s Europe final qualifying event where a place in the prestigious Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, held in San Luis Potosi on 24-29 September, will be at stake.

In St. Petersburg, top seed Russia was joined by unseeded France, upcoming hosts of the boys’ Europe final qualifying event, in securing qualification after both sides came through Zone B without dropping so much as a rubber.

Zone C, held in Vinaros, saw Portugal and hosts Spain qualify, while Germany and Netherlands complete next week’s boys’ line up after reaching the Zone D final in Ankara, Turkey.

Meanwhile, the girls’ equivalent, the Helvetie Cup, saw last year’s Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finalists Russia and 2006 champion Belarus coast into next week’s final qualifying event in Leysin, Switzerland without dropping a rubber.

Switzerland failed to seal one of the two qualification spots up for grabs in Zone B after losing to hosts and eventual qualifiers Great Britain in the first round in Hatfield. The defeat means the Swiss will have no part to play in next week’s final qualifying event despite being the host nation.

Slovenia joined Great Britain in progressing from Zone B, while hosts Czech Republic and Slovak Republic progressed from Zone A in Rakovnik, France and Hungary came through Zone C in Curtea de Arges, Romania, and Belarus and Russia mastered Zone D in Ankara, Turkey.

Full results from the action at the European Summer Cups are available here.