Qualifiers announced for Junior Team Competition Finals

Bendigo, Australia, May 03, 2012: Qualifiers announced, Australia’s Junior Davis Cup team and China’s Junior Fed Cup team clinched first place in their respective events last week at the Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying for Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

In the Junior Davis Cup final, Japan won a thrilling opening rubber over Australia. Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) recovered from losing the first set to Li Tu (AUS) to take the second 62. In the third Tu served for the match at 5-4 but was broken and Yamasaki capitalised, holding serve and then breaking Tu to love to take the match 46 62 75.

Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) then completed an unbeaten run in the event beating Naoki Nakagawa 61 61 to level the tie at one rubber all. Kokkinakis then combined with Daniel Guccione to take out the doubles 63 60 for Australia to win the Asia/Oceania Junior Davis Cup qualifying competition. China beat Australia on the third day of round robin pool play and the two faced off again in the final of the Junior Fed Cup after Australia had scored an upset win over top seeds India in the quarter-finals.

Again Australia got off to a great start with Zoe Hives beating Qiu-Yu Ye 62 63. The re-match between Zi-Yue Sun and Naiktha Bains turned into a real battle. Sun won the first set 64 and Bains fought back to take the second 62. The Chinese player then went into overdrive using her big forehand to keep Bains at the back of the court as she powered away to take the match 64 26 62 to square the tie.

The singles players then combined for the deciding doubles and the Chinese pair of Ye and Sun were too strong winning 61 62 so China will be the top representative for Asia/Oceania in Junior Fed Cup at the world finals. Korea finished third in both the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup competitions beating China 2-1 in Junior Davis Cup and Japan 2-0 in Junior Fed Cup. Australia, Japan, China and Korea have all qualified to represent Asia/Oceania at the 2012 World Finals of both Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup to be held in Spain in September.

MERIDA, MEXICO: North/Central America & Caribbean Final Qualifying took place in Merida, Mexico with 16 teams competing across four events for the two available places within each. USA did a clean sweep across the Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, as well as the World Junior Tennis Competition, coming first in all four events to secure a place at each of the Finals.

Mexico came second, and therefore qualified, in three of the events: Junior Davis Cup, Junior Fed Cup and the World Junior Tennis boys’ event, while Canada took second place in the World Junior Tennis girls’ event. Qualifying continues this week in Malaysia for the Asia/Oceania World Junior Tennis Final Qualifying, as well as in Venezuela for the South America Qualifying for the Junior Davis and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. Photo: Bill Conroy

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