Photo: Srdjan StevanovicMaia Lumsden (GBR)
USA and Slovak Republic both posted wins in Group A today meaning their clash tomorrow will decide the winner of the group. Top seeds USA faced eight seeds Colombia and ran out comfortable winners 3-0. It was similarly routine for Slovakia, who saw off India 3-0 with wins for Tereza Mihalokova and Victoria Kuzmova in the singles before Kuzmova teamed up with Tamara Kupkova to win the doubles.
In Group B, Sara Tomic of Australia defeated Ornella Garavani in three sets to give the Aussies victory over Argentina. Tomic is the younger sister or world number 40 and Australian Davis Cup player Bernard. The other match in this group went right down to the wire before fifth seeds Czech Republic finally saw off unseeded Russia 2-1. After splitting the two singles matches Marie Bouzkova and Denisa Cichova won the deciding doubles rubber in straight sets.
Group C saw two exciting and close fought matches with going to the deciding doubles rubber. Hana Mortagy won the opening singles rubber to give Egypt the perfect start in their match against Croatia. Marija Curnic levelled the tie before a gripping final doubles rubber. Habiba Lasheen and Hana Mortagy put in a sterling performance, winning the third set 61 and giving Egypt a crucial victory.
After sharing the spoils of two one sided singles matches, Germany and China, P.R played out an exciting deciding doubles rubber in the other match in this group. Despite the Chinese pair being in excellent form in the tournaments leading up to this event the Germans proved too strong. Katharina Gerlach and Lena Rueffer, ran out winners 63 60.
In Group D Second seeds Great Britain breezed through their match against Peru and look to be in ominous form. Jazzi Plews and Gabriela Taylor won their singles matches without dropping a single game between them before Taylor teamed up with Lumsden to take the doubles also. They will face Canada in their final round robin match tomorrow with both teams going into the tie unbeaten. Canada defeated Thailand today with singles wins for Vanessa Wong and Katerina Kopcalic clinching victory.
After yesterday’s defeat to Chinese Taipei the eighth seeds Great Britain were looking to cause an upset on Centre Court to keep their title hopes alive. The first rubber was a one-sided affair as Michael Mmoh (USA) defeated Daniel Bennett for the loss of just two games. Jay Clarke then stepped up for Team GB to defeat the USA’s Francis Tiafoe in an impressive display, fighting back from a set down and saving a match point to post a 36 64 10-8 victory and force the deciding doubles. The deciding doubles went the way of the top seeds as Mmoh teamed up with William Blumberg for a straight sets win over Clarke and Samuel Ferguson to keep USA’s hopes of the World Junior Title alive.
Elsewhere in Group A Chinese Taipei continued their good run at the World Junior Tennis Finals to post a victory against Switzerland. Chung-Han Tsai and Tung-Lin Wu overcame the Swiss duo of Osmakcic and Rudolphe in the deciding doubles to seal victory. They will face-off against USA tomorrow for a place in the 1-4 play-off.
Group B saw both seeds prevail on day 2 as fourth seeds Brazil fought off stiff competition from Australia and fifth seeds Germany dispatched Mexico. Lucas Koelle (BRA) battled for three sets against Australia’s Brian Tran before Orlando Luz recorded a straight sets victory over Max Purcell to seal the victory for the South American Champions.
Germany’s Tim Ruehl got off to a shaky start against Pablo Guerra of Mexico before romping to a 75 61 win to give the fifth seeds the lead. Samuel Sippel (GER) then dropped just two games against Santiago Suarez to secure the win. The Germans confirmed their dominance with a win in the doubles rubber.
In Group C the seeds enjoyed easy wins without the loss of a rubber. Japan dropped just a handful of games against South Africa. They will play Spain tomorrow in the third and final match of the round robin group.
Second seeds Korea and seventh seeds Argentina sit at the top of Group D after wins on day 2. Korea saw off host nation Czech Republic without the loss of a set as they eased to a 3-0 win. It was a closely fought battle between Argentina and France, with the seventh seeds coming through in three sets in both singles matches to seal victory.