Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewPriscilla Hon (AUS)
Finals day at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia saw top seeds Australia face off against fifth seeds China.
Australia’s Kim Birrell rediscovered her form from earlier in the week to defeat Ma Shu Yue 63 62 to give the top seeds the lead. Priscilla Hon, on her 16th birthday, then helped to confirm Australia’s dominance this week in Kuching. After a shaky start in the first set Hon ran away with the match to post a 76(4) 61 win against China’s Wu Shuang Zheng to seal the win for Australia and the top spot at the Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event.
On the adjacent court Japan and Thailand were locked in battle for third place. Mokomo Kobori put Japan 1-0 up with a 60 61 trouncing of Pichayatida Jandaeng (THA) before Manita Bootsarakomvisit levelled the tie with a topsy turvy 62 06 61 victory over Chihiro Muramatsu to force the deciding doubles. The Japanese duo of Muramatsu and Kobori proved too strong for the Bootsarakomvisit and Jandaeng, with Japan claiming third place with a 63 60 win.
On the other courts the nations were fighting it out for the respective final positions.
India defeated Chinese Taipei in a clsoely fought battle. En Pei Huang fought from a set down to defeat India’s Karman Kaur Thandi 36 75 63, with Pranjala Yadlapalli following suit for India with a three set victory over Ya Yun Pai. The heat was too much for Ya Yun Pai of Chinese Taipei and they were forced to retire at 2-1 in the first set to hand India fifth place.
Singapore suffered their sixth consecutive defeat with a 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka therefore claim 15th place. Both teams will, however, have to play at the Asia/Oceania pre-qualifying event next year with two teams being relegated.
Junior Team Competition regional qualifying now takes a break until the week of the 9th June for the Africa Qualifying event in Tunis, Tunisia.
For final placings and full results from Malaysia click here