Japanese Jr. Cuppers Surprise Australians; Filipinos Place Third
Byline: jean malanum
SECOND SEED Japan pulled off a stunning 2-0 upset win over top seed Australia yesterday to rule the Junior Davis Cup AsiaOceania qualifying at the Manila Polo Club court.
Florida-based Fumiaki Kita, a semifinalist in the 2004 Panama Bowl, gave Japan a 1-0 lead after posting a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Stephen Donald, who reached the Final Four in the Taiwan International Juniors early this year.
Kei Nishikori, ranked No. 67 in the ITF Juniors and a resident player at the Nick Bolletieri Academy, scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over Patrick Nicholls in the second singles to clinch the victory for the Japanese. Both teams agreed not to play the doubles match.
Host Philippines, seeded fourth in this event presented by BNP Paribas and supported by Wilson balls and Astoria Plaza Hotel, also posted a 2-1 reversal over third-ranked Thailand to settle for third place.
Kyle Joshua Dandan and Ralph Kevin Barte handed the victory to the Philippines after winning the doubles over Peerapach Tupwong and Kittiphong Wachiramanowong, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5).
Thailand led 1-0 when Wachiramanowong, singles and doubles champion in the BKSP International Juniors in Bangladesh last January, won the opening singles over Pablo Olivarez II, 6-3, 6-1.
But Dandan, the only Filipino in the ITF Under16 Touring team that will compete for two months in Europe, tied the count at 11 when he took the second singles over Peraklat Siriluethaiwattana, 7-6 (1), 64. …