Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewPakistan at the JDC Asia/Oceania Pre-Qualifying event
The penultimate day of the Asia/Oceania Pre-Qualifying event saw the qualified nations decided for the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final Qualifying.
Two nations qualify for the Final Qualifying event in Malaysia on 28 April - 3 May so there was all to play for on semifinals day. Top seeds Kazakhstan were going up against second seeds Syria, while fifth seeds Vietnam were taking on unseeded Pakistan.
Pakistan was the first to claim their spot in Malaysia with a 2-0 win over Vietnam. Muhammad Zaid Mujahid and Mudassar Murtaza (PAK) both enjoyed straight set wins against their respectve singles opponents to give their nation an unassailable lead and a place at the Final Quailfying. The other semifinal was a more closely-fought affair, between the top two seeds of the competition, Kazakhstan and Syria.
Kazakhstan's Adi Kalialperov fought to a three set victory over Mohammad Hazem Naw (SYR) to draw first blood for the top seeds, before Syria's Kareem Al Allaf returned in kind and levelled the tie and force the deciding doubles. Al Allaf and Naw from Syria combined to take on Kaliakperov and Grigoriy Lomakin (KAZ) , and it was the second seeds who prevailed in straight sets to secure their place at Final Qualifying.
Play continues tomorrow with Syria and Pakistan fighting it out for first place, while the remaining nations will battle it out for the remaining play-off positions.
Click here for full results and draws for the week.
The full list of nations qualified for the Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying events can be found below.
Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas
Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan.
Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan.
ITF World Junior Tennis Boys
Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.
ITF World Junior Tennis Girls
Australia, China, Chinese Tapei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.