ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN: Hong Kong completed a third straight victory in this year's competition while Turkmenistan kept their hopes alive with victory over Singapore in Pool A as Indonesia maintain their perfect record in the other side of the draw.
Katherine Ip put Hong Kong into the lead in their tie against New Zealand with a 62 62 victory against Emma Hayman before Venise Chan came through a back-and-forth battle versus Emily Fanning to complete the victory as their opponents sorely missed the presence of Marina Erakovic.
Hayman was able to team with Abigail Guthrie to take the dead rubber against Ip and Chan but it was too late to prevent Hong Kong taking control of Pool A as the only team who have won all their ties so far this week, they will take on Vietnam in their final group stage tie on Thursday.
The other tie in that half of the draw on Wednesday saw Turkmenistan come from behind against Singapore with Anastasiya Prenko leading the way in both singles and doubles victories. Having lost their opening tie against Hong Kong it was a must-win situation for Turkmenistan, who must win all their remaining ties and hope that the current leaders slip up.
Indonesia are the runaway leaders in Pool B thanks to a third win without dropping a rubber. Kyrgyztan did manage to take a set in the second singles rubber, an achievement made more impressive when it is considered their opponents had dropped only eight total games in the first two ties of the week.
Malaysia were the nation closest to Indonesia before today's play having won both their first two ties but were beaten comfortably by the Philippines who also now have two victories to their name in pursuit of top spot in the group and a chance at promotion.
Pakistan and Iran competed in a tie that will probably decide the order of the final two places in the group as both entrered without a single victory to their name. It was the former who took the bragging rights courtesy of Saba Aziz and Ushna Suhail both winning in singles before Sara Mansoor and Iman Qureshi polished off the victory in doubles.