Taiwan fell to a 3-0 defeat in their Fed Cup clash with China yesterday, with the hosts now the favorites to reach the final of the Asia/Oceania Group I clash.
Taiwan’s team knew they faced a tough task against a China team that included the world No. 9, No. 17 and No. 35, while Taiwan’s highest-ranked player in the singles, Chang Kai-chen, is ranked No. 110.
World No. 35 Zheng Jie defeated Taiwan’s world No. 160 Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-3 in the opening rubber of the match held at the Shenzhen Luohu Tennis Center, China.
In the following singles match, Taiwan’s Chang faced an even tougher challenge, world No. 9 Li Na, who duly delivered the hosts the victory by defeating the Taiwanese 6-2, 6-0.
In the doubles, world No. 17 Peng Shuai and her partner, Zhang Shuai, beat Taiwanese pairing Chan Yung-jan and Hsieh 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 to complete the whitewash.
China face an Uzbekistan team that was whitewashed 3-0 by Taiwan in today’s third match in Pool A and they will be expecting to win the contest and advance to tomorrow’s final against the winners of Pool B.
In Pool B, Thailand and Kazakhstan maintained their 100 percent records at the tournament yesterday.
Thailand whitewashed South Korea 3-0, while Kazakhstan trounced Indonesia by the same score. They will battle it out today for the chance to advance to World Group II playoffs in tomorrow’s final.