18 Mar 2014

Finalists decided at Asia/Oceania Qualification

Match Report

Borhan Abu Samah (MAS)

Iraq and Malaysia will contest the men’s final and Australia and Chinese Taipei will face each other in the women’s final on Wednesday when the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Asia/Oceania Qualification draws to a close in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Top seed Malaysia will meet Iraq for the second day in a row in the men’s event after Malaysia secured a 3-0 win on Tuesday as both teams played their last tie in the round-robin phase of the competition.

Borhan Abu Samah’s 60 61 win over Qasim Hamdan got Malaysia’s second victory of the week underway and although Hamid Hel put up a fine effort to try and keep Iraq in the tie, Ariffin Ariffahmi gave Malaysia, the only team in the men’s event currently with two world ranked players , an unassailable lead after defeating Hel 63 63.

Abu Sama and Ariffahmi went on to win the doubles rubber against Hamdan and Hel 62 63 and after both teams had beaten Yemen earlier in the week, Malaysia and Iraq will meet again to decide which country will qualify for men’s World Group II at May’s 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Alphen, Netherlands.

Australia and Chinese Taipei set for enticing women’s final

Second seed Chinese Taipei will go into Wednesday’s women’s final unbeaten in three round-robin ties after a comfortable 3-0 win over Iraq during which Yi-Shan Wu dropped just two games.

Wu earned a 61 61 win over Zaimab Alwan before Chia-Yi Lu sealed a 60 60 victory over Shahad Ayyez and Lu and Wu also went on to beat their earlier singles opponents without dropping a game.

Top seed Australia enjoyed a similarly commanding 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka that began with Janel Manns defeating Anoosha Amaratunge 60 61.Thereafter, Sarah Calati defeated Umesha Alahakoon 60 60 and Calati and Manns also won all 12 games in the doubles rubber.

On the first day of competition in Colombo, Chinese Taipei’s Lu and Wu edged out Australia 2-1 after a deciding doubles rubber in their round-robin tie that went to a championship tiebreak, a result that makes for an enthralling contest on Wednesday.    

Iraq will play Sri Lanka in a third place play-off.