PETALING JAYA: As expected, the Malaysian juniors were outclassed 0-3 by top ranked Taiwan in a Group One match of the women's Junior Fed Cup Asia-Oceania regional qualifying zone played at the National Tennis Sports Complex in Jalan Duta yesterday.
After an impressive performance against the Philippines on Tuesday, youngster Jawariah Noordin found Taiwan's Hwang I-hsuan too strong and lost 1-6, 1-6 in the first singles match.
The Malaysians conceded defeat to the Taiwanese team after Norzafirah Taufek lost 3-6, 4-6 to Hsu Wen-shin in the second singles match.
The Taiwanese doubles pair of I-hsuan-Yu Ting-lin picked up their team's final point when they whipped the Malaysian combination of Zafirah-Jasmine 6-0, 6-0.
Despite the loss, Malaysia have assured themselves of a place in the last eight thanks to their 3-0 win over the Philippines on Tuesday.
Malaysian non-playing team captain S. Selvarajoo said they had expected it to be tough to pick up a point from Taiwan. “We will look towards the quarter-finals match on Friday now. That is the more crucial battle.”
The top four finishers in this competition will qualify for the final rounds in Essen, Germany from Sept 16-21.
Group One: Taiwan bt Malaysia 3-0 (Hwang I-hsuan bt Jawariah Noordin 6-1, 6-1; Hsu Wen-hsin bt Norzafirah Taufek 6-3, 6-4, Hwang I-hsuan-Yu Ting-lin bt Norzafirah-Jasmine Tan 6-0, 6-0).
Group Two: Thailand bt Hongkong 3-0 (Nudnida Luangnam bt Anthea Look 6-1, 6-2; Varanya Vijuksanaboon-Kathy Lo 6-1, 6-3; Pichittra Thongdach-Nudnida Luangnam bt Kathy Lo-Melda Tsang 6-3, 6-2); Indonesia bt South Korea 2-1 (Lavinia Tananta bt Byun Hye-mi 6-2, 0-6, 10-8; Ayu Fani Damayanti bt Kim hae-sung 6-2, 6-1; Lavinia-Febri Joanna lost to Hye-mi-Hae-sung 0-6, 7-5, 4-6).
Group Three: India bt New Zealand 2-1 (Sanaa Bhambri lost to Ellen Barry 6-3, 4-6, 4-6; Tara Iyer bt Shona Lee 6-1, 6-3; Kartiki Bhat-Bhambri bt Ellen Barry-Brittany Tee 6-1, 6-1).
TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all matches start from 10am)
Group One: Taiwan vs Philippines.
Group Two: South Korea vs Thailand, China vs Hongkong.
Group Three: India vs Japan.