Kazakhstan capped a fine week at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Pre-Qualifying event in Kuching, Malaysia after fighting past Sri Lanka to finish undefeated at the top of Group A.
The strongest two teams throughout the event, both Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka had already guaranteed themselves spots in the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon, Korea on 22-27 April before going head-to-head on Friday. But with bragging rights as group winners at stake, the week’s most dangerous doubles combination Assel Jumamukhambetova and Darya Shevchenko determinedly dismantled Nethmie Waduge and Thewni Dewaraja 61 61 in the deciding rubber to end the week on a high.
The result was no disgrace for Sri Lanka, who made a fight of proceedings when Nethmie Waduge clinched the second rubber with a 76(7) 62 win over Gozal Ainitdinova. The team claimed the second qualification spot after winning 12 of its 15 rubbers throughout the week – just one less than the group winners.
Pakistan, who won three of its five matches including a 3-0 victory over bottom-placed Jordan on Friday, narrowly missed out on qualification after finishing a point behind Sri Lanka following defeat to each of the top two sides.
Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, finished fourth after defeating fifth-placed Iran 3-0 in the final tie of the competition on Friday.
Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka head on to the Final Qualifying event in Korea in April as part of their bids to participate in the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on 24-29 September.
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North/Central American & Caribbean Pre-Qualifying
In the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Pre-Qualifying event in La Libertad, El Salvador, two of the three top seeded nations fell to surprise defeats.
Top seeds Cuba steered clear of an upset, racing into the Play-off semifinals in just two hours and 40 minutes after Amanda Gomez and Claudia Carrera combined to win all three of their rubbers for the loss of just six games.
Second seeds Dominican Republic and third seeds Guatemala had no such fortune, seeing their qualification dreams ended after suffering 2-1 defeats to fourth seeds El Salvador and Puerto Rico respectively.
Barbados will join Cuba, El Salvador and Puerto Rico in Friday’s semifinals after overturning a 1-0 deficit to defeat Costa Rica. Cherise Slocombe and Kiana Marshall made the difference in the deciding doubles, bettering Eugenia Camacho and Sofia Perez 26 63 60.
For a full breakdown of Thursday’s results, click here.