ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan advanced to the World Group II Play-offs despite the best efforts of Uzbek No. 1 Akgul Amanmuradova, who made the hosts fight hard for victory with a strong performance in singles and doubles.
Ksenia Pervak put the home side in front with a comfortable 60 64 win over Nigina Abduraimova, but Amanmuradova, the world No. 149, levelled the tie with a huge 16 75 64 win against Yaroslava Shvedova, ranked 117 places higher than her.
Keen to make amends for a match that she should have won, on paper at least, Shvedova teamed with Galina Voskoboeva to see off Abduraimova and Amanmuradova 62 64 in the doubles and send the home side through to the World Group II Play-offs in April.
India, meanwhile, were relegated back to Asia/Oceania Group II, just a year after escaping the group, with a 2-0 defeat to Korea Rep. So-Ra Lee gave Korea the perfect start in their fight to maintain their Group I status after squeaking through a tough opening set against India's Rutuja Bhosale before coasting on to a 76(5) 61 triumph. Han Sung-Hee put the tie beyond doubt with a 64 63 win over Kyra Shroff before India gave a walkover in the dead doubles rubber.
Thailand secured third place in the final group standings with a 2-1 win against China P.R. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn defeated Tang Hao Chen 62 57 63 before Wang Qiang put China P.R. back on level terms with a more comfortable 64 62 win over Nudnida Luangnam. Thailand secured their second win of the week when Luksika Kumkhum and Varatchaya Wongteanchai combined to defeat Tang Hao Chen and Zhou Yi-Miao 63 46 75 in the deciding doubles.
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