DAVIS CUP: GROUP 1 ASIAN-OCEANA
Australia Routs Chinese Taipei 5-0; Japan Blanks Indonesia, Uzbekistan Advance; S.Korea Ousts India
February 3, 2013: ITS Staff
Australia 5-0 Winners Over Chinese-Taipei
Kaohsiung, Taiwan - Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione clinched the doubles on Saturday beating Hsin Han Lee and Hsien Yeng Peng of Chineses Taipei in straights sets 7-6 6-4 6-2 to advance to the second round of Group I against Uzbekistanin April. Former world No.1 Hewitt defeated Yang Tsung-hua 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the Friday’s first encounter and Matthew Ebden followed with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Ti Chen to give Australia a 2-0 lead in the PNB Paribas Davis Cup Group I Asian-Oceana. Both teams are without their top-ranked players, with Taiwan having to do without world No. 72 Lu Yen-hsun, while Australian team captain Pat Rafter left out Bernard Tomic after criticizing the 20-year-old’s attitude of late despite the latter’s positive up-surge in the recent Australian tour. Tomic won his first career tour title at the Sydney APIA International three weeks ago. On Sunday, Marinko Matosevic delivered a 76(5) 63 win over Ti Chen. Matosevic was followed onto court by his countryman Matthew Ebden, who was even more clinical in his 61 62 win over Tsung-Hua Yang to bring Rafter and his men a 5-0 whitewash. Australia will now move on to a second round away meeting with Uzbekistan in April, with the winner progressing to a September play-off with promotion to the Davis Cup World Group on offer as the ultimate prize.
South Korea Eliminates India 4-1
DAVISCUP.COM - In New Delhi, India It took a doubles legend to keep India's hopes alive on to the final day but Leander Paes could do nothing to help Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan in the fourth singles rubber as the Indian fell to Suk-Young Jeong in the decisive fourth rubber to deal the hosts a return to the Asia/Oceania Zone first round play-offs. Virali-Murugesan fought valiantly to extend the fourth rubber to two hours and 24 minutes, the longest of the tie's singles matches, but ultimately succumbed 64 64 62 as India slipped to a 3-1 loss and faced up to the prospect of a first round play-off against Indonesia in April. World No. 484 Ji Sung Nam made quick work of Vijayant Malik, who had retired in the third set of the second singles match due to cramping, in the dead fifth rubber. He won 62 64 in an hour and 13 minutes. Jeong Suk-Young, the highest-ranked player in the tie at No. 321, triumphed over India’s Vijayant Malik, the second rubber when the Malik retired in the third set due to leg cramps, with Jeong leading 6-4, 7-5, 3-0 in the match. South Korea easily won the opening singles matches against the depleted team of India to take a commanding 2-0 lead in New Delhi. Cho Min-Hyeok gave the South Koreans a head start losing only 2 games in the best-of-five first rubber beating the 511-ranked Virali-Murugesan Ranjeet 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. India entered the tie with doubles specialist Leander Paes as the only first-choice player after 11 teammates, including Mahesh Bhupati and Rohann Bopanna, refused to play following a dispute with the All-India Tennis Association. Saturday's Doubles result: Leander Paes/Purav Raja, India defeated Yong Kyu Lim/Ji Sung Nam S.Korea 6-4 7-6 6-2
Japan beats Indonesia 5-0
DAVISCUP.COM - In Tokyo, Japan, even without star player Kei Nishikori, Japan provided far too much strength and depth for visitors Indonesia, who ended the tie without a point after wins on the final day for late substitutes Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama. Sugita, a replacement for Go Soeda, defeated Christopher Rungkat 61 63 in Sunday's fourth singles rubber before Uchiyama stepped in for Tatsuma Ito to beat Wisnu Adi Nugroho by the same scoreline. Japan's reward for its emphatic win is a place in April's second round, where it will face either Korean Republic or India for a place in the World Group play-offs in September. Friday's results: Tatsuma Ito defeated Christopher Rungkat 6-2 6-2 6-4; Go Soeda defeated Wisnu Adi Nugroho 6-0 6-0 6-1; Saturday: Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama def. Chris Rungkat/Elbert Sie 6-4 5-7 2-6 7-5 6-2.
Uzbekistan beats China 4-1
DAVISCUP.COM In Namangan, Uzbekistan, Sarvar Ikramov replaced Denis Istomin in the first of Sunday's singles matches and his 63 75 win over Ze Zhang extended a lead which had already proved decisive thanks to the home side's victory in Saturday's doubles. It was left to Di Wu to bring China a solitary consolation point, which he earned with a 60 62 win over Temur Ismailov in the fifth and final match of the tie. While Uzbekistan can look forward to a second round meeting - at home - with Australia (see above), China now faces a first round play-off in April against neighbours Chinese Tapei, where defeat would condemn it to a do-or-die relegation battle in September. Friday and Saturday results: Denis Istomin defeated Di Wu 4-6 4-6 7-6(4) 7-5 6-2; Farrukh Dustov defeated Ze Zhang 4-6 7-6(8) 6-4 3-6 6-4; Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan def. Ze Zhang/ Mao-Xin Gong 6-3 7-6 6-3.
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