After two consecutive defeats, Indian juniors finally had a smile on their faces as they thrashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in their last round-robin match of the Junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania final qualifying tie on Wednesday at the DLTA.
Not only did the under-16 boys play well, they also managed to get through the tie with a convincing score-line. "It was a hard-fought match and I'm happy the boys made it through," said India captain Vishal Uppal.
On Thursday, the bottom two teams of each of the four groups will play amongst themselves for the 9-16th positions. India have been slotted to play against Indonesia, who finished last in their group.
Fatehdeep Singh began the proceedings for India on Wednesday. After losing the first set to Sharmal Dissanayake 2-6 because of unforced errors, he chipped and charged to dismantle his opponent's game. After two hours, he registered his first singles win of this 16-team meet.
Then, it was the turn of India No. 1 Shaik Abdullah to take the court. The 16-year-old took just a little over an hour to thrash Nadarjah Nishangan 6-3, 6-2 with his confident serves and strokes.
With the tie already clinched, Abdullah and Garvit Batra played a slow and steady game to win in the dead doubles.
"I had told the boys to play freely, not to think of the results. They took the advice given to them and played without pressure," said Uppal after the match. "It now depends on how we play tomorrow as our position in the tournament would depend on that."