Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewKazakhstan's Assel Jumamukhambetova
Kazakhstan headlined day three of the 2013 Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Pre-Qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia, crushing Jordan 3-0 to leapfrog Sri Lanka on sets won and top Group A.
Assel Jumamukhambetova starred for Kazakhstan, playing her part in two 60 60 triumphs as she defeated Rama Bageen without reply in the second singles rubber before teaming with Gozal Ainitdinova and Alice Muasher to deliver another thumping victory in the doubles. Darya Shevchenko had earlier set the tone for Kazakhstan, running through Muasher 62 61.
Sri Lanka joined Kazakhstan as the only other team to have won all of its opening three matches after defeating Krygzstan 2-1. However, Kavindya De Silva and Thewni Dewaraja’s 63 61 defeat to Arina Beliaeva and Eliza Askarova in the final doubles rubber saw them lose their first encounter of the event and drop into second place in the table, having won one set less than Kazakhstan. Even so, the Sri Lankan’s remain in a strong position to seal one of two spots for the Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon, Korea on 22-27 April.
Pakistan kept its hopes of a top two finish alive after polishing off two wins in one day on Wednesday. Rida Khalid and Iman Qureshi comfortably won both of their singles rubbers before combining in the doubles to see off Iran 3-0. Qureshi and Kainat later resumed their third doubles rubber against Kyrgzstan, which had been postponed midway through the second set on Tuesday due to heavy rainfall, and picked up where they left off, securing their second point of the competition after running out 76(2) 76(6) winners over Beliaeva and Askarova.
Kyrgzstan still has an outside chance of finishing in the top two having won one of its opening three encounters, but Iran and Jordan’s hopes appear all but over having each lost all of their first nine rubbers at the event.
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