06 May 2014

Seeds still on top in Kuching

Match Report

Kimberly Birrell (AUS)

All eight seeds will go into day three unbeaten as they all recorded wins today at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying.

Australia remain at the top of Group A at the end of day 2 after a 3-0 win over Hong Kong.  Maddison Inglis (AUS) secured the first win for the top seeds with a 75 63 victory over Hei Ching Claudia Ng (HKG) before Priscilla Hon took to the court for an effortless 61 60 win against Sabrina Mary woll.  Hon then paired up with Kimberly Birrell to complete the clean sweep with a 61 60 win in the doubles.  Australia will take on eighth seeds Uzbekistan tomorrow in the last day of the round robin matches.  Uzbekistan enjoyed a 3-0 win over Singapore.

In Group B second seeds Chinese Taipei recorded their second 3-0 win, although they were made to work hard for it by unseeded Kazakhstan.  En Pai Huang (TPE) had little trouble in defeating Kamilla Bolatova 60 61, but Ya Yun Pai was taken to three sets against the hard-hitting Gozal Ainitdinova (KAZ) finally prevailing 63 36 75 in a match lasting just over 3 hours.  Tomorrow they will face off against seventh seeds Indonesia who breezed past hosts Malaysia in today’s tie, enjoying a 3-0 victory.

Sixth seeds Thailand faced New Zealand in a tie that went down to the wire.  After a strong start New Zealand’s Nina Paripovic, this week’s youngest competitor, faded to hand Thailand a 36 60 61 win to take the lead.  Rosie Cheng brought New Zealand level with a 76 64 win over Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (THA) before joining forces with Ashleigh Bryn Harvey in the doubles.  Thamchaiwat teamed up with Pichayatida Jandaeng in the doubles in which the Thais came out on top, recording a 76(3) 63 win over the Kiwis.  They will face third seeds India tomorrow.  India got off to a shaky start but then produced a 3-0 victory over Philippines in today's play. 

Fifth seeds China enjoyed a 3-0 demolition of Korea, with Shu Yue Ma and Wu Shang Zheng dropping just a handful of games between them to take a 2-0 lead after the singles.  The doubles was a straight sets victory for Wu Shuang Zheng and Zhi Ma Du.  Tomorrow they will face fourth seeds Japan in the fight for the top spot in Group D.  Japan eased to a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka without the loss of a set.

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