18 Apr 2013

Australia, Japan, India and Thailand through to Finals

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Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewIndia at WJT Final Qualifying in Kuching, Malaysia

Australia, Japan and India continued their unbeaten streaks in Kuching, Malaysia, each sealing a place in the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov on August 5-10 after recording convincing wins over China, Korea and Philippines respectively. They will be joined in the Czech Republic by Thailand, who came through a deciding doubles rubber against Chinese Taipei.

Australia's Seone Mendez got the top seeds off to a flying start with an impressive 61 62 win over China's Shou-Na Mu. Aiava Destanee then had to work hard to maintain Australia's unbeaten run and secure its place in the Finals, seeing off China's Jia-Qi Ren 63 46 75.

In stark contrast to this India enjoyed a whitewash victory over Philippines for the loss of just two games. India's Mihika Yadav has cruised past her opponents at the Final Qualifying event, dropping just a handful of games across her four singles matches. Yadav continued her impressive form today with a 60 60 win over Philippines' Meredith Jones.

Japan seealed its place in the Finals without dropping a set, with Saya Ito continuing her impressive form by posting a 60 61 win over Korea's Soomin Kim.

Thailand has been made to work a lot harder en route to the Finals, sealing victory in the deciding doubles on two occasions. Today's marathon doubles decider against Chinese Taipei lasted just short of two and a half hours, with the Thai duo of Pichayatida Jandaeng and Priyachanok Sukkanha prevailing 64 76(5).

Full draws from Kuching can be found by clicking here