Photo: Big Dog PhotographyEn Pei Huang (TPE)
Play got underway at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event on Monday as teams took to the hard courts of the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association in Kuching, Malaysia.
Sixteen teams are competing for the four available spots at the 2014 Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 23–28 September.
Top seeds Australia raced to a 3-0 win over Singapore in Group A, with Kimberly Birrel and Priscilla Hon recording straight set wins in their singles encounters for the loss of just four games.
Birrell then joined forces with Maddison Inglis to complete the clean sweep with a 61 62 win in the doubles.
Uzbekistan and Hong Kong, China were facing off in the other Group A tie and it went right down to the wire with the scores level at 1-1 after the singles rubbers. Komola Umarova and Milisa Bekirova (UZB) fought back from a set down against Hei Ching Claudia Ng and Wing Kin Lam (HKG) to take the deciding doubles and the tie.
In Group B, second seeds Chinese Taipei had little trouble dispatching their opponents, host nation Malaysia, with En Pai Huang romping to a 60 61 win over Yusri Yus Syazlin Nabila (MAS) to draw first blood for the second seeds.
Ya Yun Pei (TPE) then recorded a straight sets win over Shi Pei Loo (MAS) before Pai and Huang combined in the doubles to defeat Yus Syazlin Nabila and Belinda Chai 61 62. Chinese Taipei sit at the top of Group B at the end of day one.
Seventh seeds Indonesia had a harder job in sealing victory in their first tie of the competition when they took on Kazakhstan. The tie went down to the deciding doubles with a closely fought first set before Rifanty Dwi Kahfiani and Faiza Munabari Saskia ran away with the second set to post a 76(2) 61 victory.
In Group C third seeds India battled to a first day win against unseeded New Zealand in the longest tie of the day. It took all their efforts as both Karman Kaur Thandi and Pranjala Yadlapalli closed out three set wins against their respective opponents, Ashleigh Bryn Harvey and Rosie Cheng. The duo of Yadlapalli and Thandi then proved too strong in the doubles as they breezed through 60 60.
Sixth seeds Thailand were forced into a deciding doubles against Philippines, with the duo of Bunyawi Thamchaiwat and Pichayatida Jandaeng coming out on top against Khim Igulpas and Maia Bernadette Balce to secure a 76(5) 63 win to take the tie.
Fifth seeds China, P.R. stormed to 3-0 win over Sri Lanka to top Group D at the end of day one. Fourth seeds Japan also recorded a 3-0 win, over Korea, Rep. although conceded more games so currently lie second in the group.
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