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Japan, China secure Fed Cup World Group berths

Japan and China secured berths in next year's top-tier Fed Cup World Group after dominating their European opponents.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 16:44 IST

Japan and China secured berths in next year's top-tier Fed Cup World Group on Sunday after dominating their European opponents.

Aiko Nakamura and Akiko Morigami won their reverse singles matches in straight sets at Tokyo' Ariake Colosseum to give Japan a 4-0 lead over Austria, while China's Li Na ground out a 7-5 7-5 win over Kathrin Woerle of Germany at Beijing International Tennis Centre to give her team an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Germany and Austria now drop to World Group II for the 2006 competition.

Nakamura downed Barbara Schwartz 6-2 7-5 and Morigami rolled over Nikola Hofmanova, 6-2 6-3 to continue the dominant form that gave Japan a commanding 2-0 lead after the opening singles.

Li Na weathered Woerle's powerful serves to claim their match and give China a winning 3-0 lead.

Tatiana Malek then overcame an unsteady start to beat Sun Tiantian 4-6 6-3 6-3 for Germany, which entered the playoff with a 2-0 record against China.

Li cruised past Kristina Barrios 6-3, 6-4 and Zheng Jie beat Woerle 6-4 7-5 in the opening singles to set up the win.

Akiko Morigami and Ai Sugiyama beat their Austrian rivals in straight sets yesterday as Japan took a 2-0 lead in its Fed Cup World Group II Playoff.

Morigami defeated Schwartz 7-6 (3) 6-0, while Ai Sugiyama downed Melania Klaffner 7-5 6-1.