SHENZHEN, CHINA: Hong Kong, China kept up their unbeaten run in Pool A, sweeping aside Singapore 3-0 on day two of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group II event.
Perhaps fitting that Thursday was Groundhog Day in China, as Hong Kong’s Wing Yau Venise and teammate Ling Zhang blew past their Singapore opponents by identical 60 60 scores in the singles. Singapore spoiled Hong Kong’s perfect “trifecta” day by winning one set in the 61 60 doubles loss to Eudice Wong Chong and Zijun Yang.
Hong Kong face Kyrgyzstan on Friday in a winner-takes-all clash. Kyrgyzstan maintained their perfect start by recording their third straight win, taking down Sri Lanka 3-0 without dropping a set.
India set to return
Red-hot India, paced by 17-year-old phenom Rutjua Bhosale, will be back in action on Friday after a day off today. India’s dramatic rise to the top of Pool B has seen their side lose only one set thus far in the 2012 competition, but their opponent’s tomorrow, Philippines, are also unbeaten.
Philippines faced their own set of challenges this morning, beginning with a pre-match medical withdrawal of second singles player Marian Capadocia with a wrist injury incurred during morning practice. She was replaced by teammate Tamitha Nguyen, who went on to defeat Turkmenistan’s Ummarahmat Hummetova 60 60.
The wheels temporarily came off for Philippines in the second rubber as Anna Clarice Patrimonio dropped a three set scorcher 75 16 62 to Anastasiya Prenko, but Nguyen and Maika Jae Tanpoco steadied the ship by dispatching Hummetova and Prenko 61 60 in the doubles to seal a 2-1 victory.
In Thursday’s other Pool B tie, Iran notched their first singles victory of the week when Madona Najarian prevailed 75 60 over Oman’s Maliha Al Awaidy. However, Fatma Al Nabhani easily handled Ghazaleh Torkaman 61 60 to take the tie into a deciding doubles rubber and Oman sealed a 2-1 win courtesy of a routine 61 60 doubles victory for Al Nabhani and Sarah Al Balushi.
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