Malaysia fail to enter Junior Fed Cup semi-finals

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Junior Fed Cup Asia-Oceania regional qualifying zone were torn to bits by Thailand at the National Tennis Centre in Jalan Duta yesterday as the fourth seeds easily whipped the locals 3-0 in the quarter-finals. 

The Thais, ,represented by Nudnida Luangnam, Pichittra Thongdach and Pichittra Thongdach and Varanya Vijuksanaboon in the doubles, easily knocked out Norzafirah Taufek, Jawariah Noordin and Jawariah Noordin-Jasmine Ru Yen Tan pair. 

Nudnida beat Jawariah 6-0, 6-0 while Pichittra thrashed Norzafirah 6-1, 6-1. Pichittra and Viranya did not face any difficulties to beat Jawariah and Jasmine 6-0, 7-5 in straight sets. 

Disturbed by the heavy rain, the match between the Philippines and Hong Kong, the battle for 9th and 10th placings, was forced to be re-played in an indoor court, resulting a delay in the overall results. Hong Kong beat the Philippines 2-1. 

Taiwan once again proved their strength when they beat New Zealand 3-0 while India beat South Korea 2-1 and Japan lost to Indonesia 0-3. 

I-Hsuan Hwang of Taiwan, who is among the favourite players in this tournament, beat Ellen Barry of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, while Wen-Hsin Hsu beat Shona Lee 6-2, 7-6. 

Doubles pair I-Hsuan and Yu-Ting Lin trounced Brittany Teei and Ellen Barry 6-1, 6-0. 

India's Sanaa Bhambri showed her supremacy to down Lee Ye-ra 6-0, 6-3. Compatriot Tara Iyer beat Kim Hae-sung 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. 

However, India's doubles pair Kartiki Bhat and Tara Iyer went down to Byun Hye-mi and Lee Ye-ra 6-7, 2-6. 

The match between Japan and Indonesia for the semi-final berth ended in Japan snuffing out Indonesia 3-0. 

Megumi Fukui, who is the second player in her team, beat Lavinia Tananta 6-4, 6-0, while Mari Tanaka beat Ayu Fani Damayanti 6-4, 6-0. 

Doubles pair Erika Takao and Megumi beat Febri Joana Andriani and Lavinia 6-3, 7-5. 

Taiwan's coach Tsai Chia-yen said he was confident that his team would be able to qualify to the final based on their track record and their current performance. 

He said all his players are at their top stamina levels and nothing could stop them from giving their best shots. 

“I know my players can do well in this tournament and I have the confidence that we will return with victory. 

“Honestly, I think we can beat Japan tomorrow (today) but we must be very alert as the results may change if we are careless,” he said. 

In the semi-finals today, Taiwan will meet Japan while Thailand will take on India. 

New Zealand will play Indonesia and Malaysia will meet South Korea for the 5th to 8th placings. 

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