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25 March 2013

Junior Davis Cup Pre-Qualifying continues in Kuching


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Photo: Dr Wee Thian YewAsia/Oceania JDC Pre-Qualifying Opening Ceremony

Junior Team Competition continues this week as the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Pre-Qualifying event takes place in Kuching, Malaysia from 24-29 March.

The event, which follows the Junior Fed Cup Pre-Qualifying event at the same location last week, sees ten teams across three groups compete for the chance to move on to the Final Qualifying event for Asia/Oceania nations in Gimcheon, Korea on 22-27 April.

The two best-performing nations this week will earn the right to compete in Korea, where they will make up two of 16 teams going head-to-head for one of four places into the Junior Davis Cup Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico from 24-29 September.

Kazakhstan is one of the favourites to qualify and will hope to follow in the footsteps of its girls’ team, who went undefeated last week to book a place at the Junior Fed Cup Final Qualifying event without dropping a set.

The top seeded boys' started in strong fashion too, emphatically defeating neighbouring country Kyrgyzstan 3-0 after dropping just one game in each of its three rubbers.

Vladimir Gnilozubov starred for Kazakhstan, winning both the opening singles and the closing doubles tie, alongside Zhansultan Chembotayev, 61 60 either side of Bolat Mamyr’s 60 61 win over Adilbek Mamatov.

Second seeds Singapore also made an ideal start, defeating Iran 3-0 after winning three straight-sets encounters, while third seeds Yemen stuttered on the opening day of play on Sunday, falling to Saudi Arabia after being outfought in straight sets in the deciding doubles rubber before the team hit back on Monday with a 3-0 win over United Arab Emirates.

To keep up to date with the latest results from the event this week, click here.

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