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India relying on home support in Junior Davis Cup

India have tough competition on their hands in the final qualifying of the Asia/Oceania group of the Junior Davis Cup. In the 16-country field, to be played at the DLTA from Monday, India have been clubbed in Group D with fourth seeds Chinese Taipei, sixth seeds China and Sri Lanka. Sharmistha Chaudhuri reports

sports Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:21 IST
Sharmistha Chaudhuri

India have tough competition on their hands in the final qualifying of the Asia/Oceania group of the Junior Davis Cup. In the 16-country field, to be played at the DLTA from Monday, India have been clubbed in Group D with fourth seeds Chinese Taipei, sixth seeds China and Sri Lanka.

India must overcome the fourth-seeded team in their first round robin match to put themselves in contention for the quarterfinals.

"It will be a tough tie," said India captain Vishal Uppal. "Chinese Taipei are a good team and if we can beat them, our chances will brighten for the quarterfinals. I will nominate my players tomorrow (Monday) morning so don't want to reveal my cards. I hope home support gives my boys an advantage."

Shaik Abdullah, Fatehdeep Singh and Garvit Batra comprise the under-16 India team.

"I'm not thinking about China and Sri Lanka now and will be taking one team at a time. We hope to put our best foot forward," Uppal added.

"Our main aim is to execute our plans well. For under-16 players, it all boils down to how well they execute plans on that particular day. But, I hope we can do well to qualify for the World Group."

Japan have been given the top billing in this meet, followed by Australia and Uzbekistan. In the week-long competition, the 16 teams have been divided into four groups and the top two from each group will qualify for the knockout stages.

Last year, having been placed fourth in the Asia/Oceania group stage, India had finished 13th in the World Group.

The World Group will be held in September in Mexico.