23 Feb 2018

Korean women win World Team Cup Asian Qualification

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Photo: Anibal Greco/Sergio LlameraJu-Youn Park (KOR)

Korea, Republic will contest the women’s event at the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup finals in Apeldoorn after beating Malaysia in successive ties on Thursday and Friday for an overall 2-0 victory at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Asian Qualification.

A Korean team will now contest the women’s event in the finals of the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team competition for the 17thtime and for the first time since 2014, the year that Netherlands last hosted the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.

Japan go into Saturday’s third and last day of round-robin competition unbeaten in the men’s event in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after two wins from two ties.

Korea, Republic beat Malaysia

In Kyung Han opened the Korean women’s team’s challenge with a tentative 63 76(4) win over Malaysia’s vastly experienced Norisah Bahrom on Thursday before former world No. 7 Ju-Youn Park dominated the second singles rubber to defeat Nur Aqidah Zainuddin 60 60 and give Korea, Rep, an unassailable lead.

Come Friday’s second tie between the two nations and Han had much the better of her match against Bahrom, this time earning a 60 63 win. With Park once again beating Zainuddin 60 60, the Korean team wrapped up its second 3-0 win over Malaysia with a 60 60 win in the doubles rubber, too.

The result means that Korea, Rep., formerly a women’s multi-medallist in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, will contest the finals of this year’s event for the first time in four years.

Japan men remain unbeaten

Fourteenth in the men’s event in 2017 and therefore missing out on direct qualification for the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, top seed and former champion Japan has claimed 3-0 wins over Malaysia and China, P.R. so far this week.

Kouhei Suzuki edged past Mohd Yusshazwan Yusokk 76(0) 75 to begin Japan’s victory over Malaysia on Thursday, with world No. 8 Takashi Sanada putting the tie beyond Malaysia after beating Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin 62 62.

World No. 15 Suzuki was involved in another enthralling opening singles rubber against China, P.R. on Friday, but again he managed to win the points that ultimately mattered to defeat Shunjiang Dong 67(4) 63 76(2) and give Japan a 1-0 lead. Sanada then put the tie beyond doubt, beating Chao Du 60 63.

All four of Japan’s nominated team members have contributed to their country’s success so far in Colombo with Paralympic medallist Satoshi Saida and Sanada having both partnered another of their greatly experienced players, Yoshinobu Fujimoto, to win both doubles rubber to date.

China, P.R. and Sri Lanka enter third day with a win apiece

Japan’s men now face host nation Sri Lanka on Saturday, with Sri Lanka going into the tie sharing the same record as China, P.R, with one win and one loss after two days of competition.

China P.R, winner of the men’s event at the Asian Qualification in 2016, opened its account this year with a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka, in spite of some thrilling matches. Dong beat Suresh Dharmasena 63 76(7) in the first singles rubber, while Du ensured the Chinese victory after beating Gamini Dissanayake 61 63. But the doubles rubber proved the most exciting contest of the opening day as Dong and Du battled past Dharmasena and Dissanayake 16 63 (10-8) after a deciding match tiebreak.

Sri Lanka subsequently gained its first victory of the week against Malaysia, but it was a win that saw the host nation having to come from behind after Malaysia’s Yusoff defeated Lasantha Ranaweera 62 63 in Friday’s opening singles rubber.

Dharmasena levelled the tie with a 62 64 win over Ariffin, while Dharmasena then joined forces with Dissanayake to win the deciding doubles rubber 62 62.