23 Apr 2013

China and India suffer shock defeats


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Photo: Kim, Do-WonJia-Qi Kang (CHN)

Persistent rain on day two at the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon caused play to be moved to four nearby indoor courts, where only the Junior Fed Cup event could be played. Back-to-back ties were contested, with teams playing on late into the evening.

The biggest upset of the day was caused by unseeded Japan who sealed victory against third seeds India after the two singles rubbers. Shiori Fukuda had to dig deep in the third set to overcome India's Pranjala Yadlapalli 61 16 76 in a match which lasted just short of three hours. 

This was just a sign of things to come, however, as Nozomi Ohya outlasted India's Snehadevi Reddy who had to retire in the third set at 63 67 12 to give Japan the win just as the match hit the three-hour mark.

India was not the only seed to suffer a defeat on day two as eighth seeds China went down 2-1 to Indonesia. Indonesia now lie scond in Group B ahead of China having lost to Australia in the deciding doubles on day one. They will need to beat Sri Lanka in the last of their round robin group matches to be in with a chance of a place in the quarterfinals.

The other ties all went according to seeding, with the remaining seeds enjoying 3-0 victories over their respective opponents. Top seeds Australia raced to victory against Sri Lanka in under three hours and for the loss of just four games with Naiktha Bains wasting little time in wrapping up the tie for Australia, needing just 50 minutes to negotiate Nethmie Waduge.

Chinese Taipei recovered from yesterday's defeat to Uzbekistan to seal a convincing win over Philippines to remain in contention for the play-offs, while the hosts enjoyed an emphatic win over Kazakhstan to also keep their play-off hopes alive.

The Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas event resumes on Wednesday.

Click here for full results and draws from Korea.



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