17 Apr 2013

Australia's dominance continues in Kuching

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Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewAustralia at Final Qualifying event in Kuching

Australia, Japan and India maintained 100 per cent records in the round robin stages as the group matches drew to a close at the Asia/Oceania World Junior Tennis Final Qualifying event in Kuching.

The three nations topped Groups A, B and D respectively in the girls’ event, taking confident strides in their bids for a place at the World Juniors Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 5-10 August, after securing 3-0 wins in all three of their matches.

Top seeds Australia and third seeds India were the standout sides on Wednesday, cruising through to the play-off stages without the loss of a set. They will face China and Philippines respectively in the quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Japan has also enjoyed a similarly dominant start to the Final Qualifying event, extending its record in the event to 18-1 in sets won after surpassing Philippines on Wednesday to book a knockout clash against sixth seeds Korea. 

The remaining tie in the 1st-8th play-off stage sees fifth seeds Thailand take on Chinese Taipei, the only unseeded nation to remain in contention for a place at the World Junior Tennis Finals.  Chinese Taipei upset fourth seeds China and eighth seeds Uzbekistan in the group stages, winning all its matches to top Group C and force the eighth seeds into the 9th-16th play-off.

In the 9th-16th play-off hosts Malaysia will face-off against Indonesia, while Vietnam will play Singapore, Sri Lanka is up against Hong Kong and Kazakhstan will have a tough match against eighth seeds Uzbekistan.

For a full breakdown of draws and results click here