Photo: Do-Won KimDuck Hee Lee (KOR)
The top seeds emerged victorious in both the boys' and girls' competitions at the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon, Korea.
Korea Republic headlined the boys' event, while Australia won the girls' competition to emphatically secure places in the Junior Davis and Junior Fed Cup Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September. Korea Republic was joined by Australia, India and Japan in qualifying for the boys' Finals, while Korea and New Zealand followed Australia in securing spots in the girls' Finals.
In the boys' final, Duck Hee Lee got top seeds Korea Republic off to a flying start when he defeated Japan's Sora Fukuda 62 62 in just over an hour. Seong Chan Hong then took to court in the second rubber against Yusuke Takahashi and he found exceptional form, managing to defeat the battling Takahashi 63 63 to seal victory and put the finishing touches to a dominant week for Korea Republic at the Final Qualifying event. The dead doubles rubber was not played.
The opening rubber of the final round of the girls' event saw Olivia Tjandramulia take on Yu Jin Ahn of Korea Republic. Tjandramulia got the top seeds off to a perfect start when she defeated Ahn 64 63, and, when Naiktha Bains won the first set of her rubber against Dabin Kim, it appeared as though Australia would ease to victory.
Kim, however, would have something to say about that, showing excellent fighting spirit to take the second set 63 before taking the deciding set 76(5) to level the tie 1-1 and force a deciding doubles rubber. Both Australia and Korea Republic nominated both their singles players for the doubles showdown but it was the top seeds who triumphed in an epic three-set battle, 64 36 61.
In the girls' event the third place play-off went right down to the wire with New Zealand ultimately defeating Japan in the third set of the deciding doubles to secure victory and with it a place at the Finals in Mexico.
The boys' third place play-off was less crucial for the teams involved, with both Australia and India having already qualified for Finals. Australia, however, took no prisoners, strolling to a 2-0 win over the fourth seeds.
All of the week's results and final draws can be found here