Photo: Kamal WanniarachchiYi-Shan Wu (TPE)
Chinese Taipei’s women’s team and Iraq’s and Malaysia’s men’s teams were all unbeaten after the first two days of round-robin ties at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Asia/Oceanaia Qualification in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Chinese Taipei’s thrilling 2-1 victory over top seed Australia proved the closest of the ties across the first two days of play after both singles rubbers and the doubles rubber all went to three sets, with the final result decided in a championship tiebreak.
After Yi-Shan Wu had recovered to beat Janel Manns 26 62 63 in the opening singles, Sarah Calati also fought back from a set down and clinched a 46 64 63 victory over Chia-Yi Lu to take Australia into the deciding doubles rubber.
Lu and Wu subsequently also went a set down to Calati and Manns, but dominated the second set and the championship tiebreak to wrap up a 36 61 (10-4) victory.
Lu and Wu went on to defeat Sri Lanka’s Anoosha Amaratnuge and Umesha Alahakoon 3-0 without dropping a single game, while Calati and Manns also secured comfortable straight sets wins en route to a 3-0 victory over Iraq’s Zainab Alwqan and Shahhad Ayyez.
Iraq approached the third day of play with one win from two ties after also defeating Sri Lanka 3-0.
Iraq and Malaysia set to decide men’s event
In the men’s event Iraq and Malaysia went into Tuesday’s third day of play with a tie against each other to decide who finished top of their round-robin group after both countries earned 3-0 wins over Yemen.
Borhan Abu Samah and Ariffin Ariffahmi led Malaysia to victory over Yemen’s Muntaser Al Sada, Esam Almaswari and Nasseb Al Raud without dropping a game.
Yemen had relatively more success against Iraq, but Qasim Hamdan also beat Al Raud 60 60, while Hamid Hel earned a 61 61 win against Almaswari to put the tie beyond doubt before the two Iraqi players teamed up to defeat Al Sada and Esam Almaswari 61 60.