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03 February 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I: Sunday


Photo: Tennis AustraliaAustralia after winning their tie against Chinese Taipei

Australia defeated Chinese Taipei 5-0

- Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts
- Location: Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei
- Surface: Outdoor Hard

Australian captain Patrick Rafter had hinted that he intended to make substitutions on Sunday and with his team having already secured the tie on Saturday, he could afford to rest Lleyton Hewitt and bring in Marinko Matosevic. Matosevic duly delivered a 76(5) 63 win over Ti Chen.

Matosevic was followed onto court by his countryman Matthew Ebden, who was even more clinical in his 61 62 win over Tsung-Hua Yang to bring Rafter and his men a 5-0 whitewash.

Australia will now moves on to a second round away meeting with Uzbekistan in April, with the winner progressing to a September play-off with promotion to the Davis Cup World Group on offer as the ultimate prize.

Uzbekistan defeated China, P.R 4-1

- Venue: Sport Complex Pahlavon
- Location: Namangan, Uzbekistan
- Surface: Indoor Clay

Sarvar Ikramov replaced Denis Istomin in the first of Sunday's singles matches and his 63 75 win over Ze Zhang extended a lead which had already proved decisive thanks to the home side's victory in Saturday's doubles. It was left to Di Wu to bring China a solitary consolation point, which he earned with a 60 62 win over Temur Ismailov in the fifth and final match of the tie.

While Uzbekistan can look forward to a second round meeting - at home - with Australia (see above), China now faces a first round play-off in April against neighbours Chinese Tapei, where defeat would condemn it to a do-or-die relegation battle in September.

Korea, Rep defeated India 4-1

- Venue: R. K. Khanna Tennis Stadium
- Location: New Delhi, India
- Surface: Outdoor Hard

It took a doubles legend to keep India's hopes alive on to the final day but Leander Paes could do nothing to help Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan in the fourth singles rubber as the Indian fell to Suk-Young Jeong in the decisive fourth rubber to deal the hosts a return to the Asia/Oceania Zone first round play-offs.

Virali-Murugesan fought valiantly to extend the fourth rubber to two hours and 24 minutes, the longest of the tie's singles matches, but ultimately succumbed 64 64 62 as India slipped to a 3-1 loss and faced up to the prospect of a first round play-off against Indonesia in April.

World No. 484 Ji Sung Nam made quick work of Vijayant Malik, who had retired in the third set of the second singles match due to cramping, in the dead fifth rubber. He won 62 64 in an hour and 13 minutes.

Japan defeated Indonesia 5-0

- Venue: Ariake Coliseum,
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Even without star player Kei Nishikori, Japan provided far too much strength and depth for visitors Indonesia, who ended the tie without a point after wins on the final day for late substitutes Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama.

Sugita, a replacement for Go Soeda, defeated Christopher Rungkat 61 63 in Sunday's fourth singles rubber before Uchiyama stepped in for Tatsuma Ito to beat Wisnu Adi Nugroho by the same scoreline.

Japan's reward for its emphatic win is a place in April's second round, where it will face either Korean Republic or India for a place in the World Group play-offs in September.

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  • More photos

    • Australia after winning their tie against Chinese TaipeiYasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)
    • Denis Istomin (UZB)Denis Istomin (UZB) stopped by fans in the Sport Complex Pahlavon, Namangan
    • Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)Zhang Ze (CHN)



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