Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewKimberly Birrell and Priscilla Hon (AUS)
The list of the Asia/Oceania nations heading to the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico was decided today as the semifinal line-ups were confirmed at the Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia.
Thailand was the first nation to book their place in the last four as they raced to victory against Uzbekistan. Manita Bootsarakomvisit recorded a 60 61 win against Milisa Bekirova, while Bunyawi Thamchaiwat posted a 62 60 win over Komola Umarova. This gave the sixth seeds an unassailable lead and a place in the semifinals.
In the same half of the draw second seeds Chinese Taipei were taking on fifth seeds China. Chinese Taipei’s En Pei Huang continued her winning streak with a 60 64 win over Zhi Ma Du, but China’s Wu Shuang Zheng replied with an equally convincing scoreline defeating Ya Yun Pai (TPE) to level the tie. The Chinese doubles pairing of Zheng and Shu Yue Ma then proved too strong for En Pei Huang and 14-year-old I Hsuan Cho, who rolled out a 62 61 win to book their place in the semifinals, and in the Finals in Mexico. China will take on Thailand in tomorrow’s semifinal. Chinese Taipei will fight it out in the 5th-8th play-off, facing off against Uzbekistan.
In the other half of the draw fourth seeds Japan confirmed their superior seeding by defeating seventh seeds Indonesia. Japan’s Mokomo Kobori raced to a 63 62 win over Arrum Damarsari before Chirizo Muramatsu followed suit for the fourth seeds with a 62 75 victory against Indonesia’s Rifanty Dwi Kahfiani. This gave Japan the 2-0 win to join Thailand and China in the last four.
In stark contrast to the round robin stages top seeds Australia were the last to finish today as they took on third seeds India. There was some nervy tennis as Kimberly Birrell (AUS) took to the court against Karman Kaur Thandi (IND). Thandi was quick to take advantage of this as Birrell struggled to find her form, with Thandi prevailing 76(5) 64 to give India the lead. The pressure was now on as Priscilla Hon faced off against India’s Pranjala Yadlapalli. After a shaky start Hon found her groove to post a 64 61 win and force the deciding doubles for the top seeds. Australia came into their own in the doubles to record a convincing 62 60 win and claim their place in the semifinals. They will face off against Japan in tomorrow’s semifinal, while India will take on Indonesia in the 5-8th play-off.
For results and draws from the quaterfinals click here
For results and draws from the 9th-16th play-off click here