Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewJapan doubles
Today saw the quarterfinal line-ups decided as the seeds in each group went head to head in the final round robin ties of the week.
Australia faced off against eighth seeds Uzbekistan and lived up their top seed billing as they enjoyed yet another 3-0 whitewash win. The top seeds are yet to drop a set this week with Priscilla Hon conceding just a handful of games across her matches. Australia made light work of their opponents so had to wait a few hours to find out who they would face in the quarterfinals, India or Thailand, as they battled it out on the adjacent court.
Thailand came away with the first rubber as Manita Bootsarakomvisit battled to a three set victory over Karman Kaur Thandi, saving two match points to take the win 63 26 76(2). Pranjala Yadlapalli then levelled the tie for India defeating Bunyawi Thamchaiwat in straight sets to force the deciding doubles and keep the third seeds in contention for top spot in Group B. The two teams took to the courts under the floodlights of the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Centre, well aware that the losers of the deciding doubles would have to face top seeds Australia in the quarterfinals. Yadlapalli teamed up with Thandi hoping for their third consecutive doubles victory but this was denied to them by the Thai pairing of Thamchaiwait and Pichayatida Jandaeng who prevailed 36 62 75 to secure a place in the quarterfinals against Uzbekistan. India will face Australia.
Group D saw fourth seeds Japan take on fifth seeds China. Japan’s Mokomo Kobori fought back from a set down to defeat Shu Yue Ma 67(4) 62 62 before Wu Shuang Zheng took to the court to ease past Chirizo Muramatsu 62 62. The doubles went the way of the Japanese duo, Muramatsu and Kobori, who wasted little time in confirming their superior seeding, defeating China’s Zheng and Ma in straight sets to take first place in Group D.
Japan will now face seventh seeds Indonesia in tomorrow’s quarterfinal, while China will take on second seeds Chinese Taipei. Chinese Taipei completed another 3-0 win, although Ya Yun Pai was made to fight for the second rubber defeating Indonesia's Rifanty Dwi Kahfiani 76 26 62. The doubles was more straight forward for the second seeds with a comfortable 63 64 win.
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