(Hong Kong, February 10th, 2014) Hong Kong have achieved promotion into the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in 2015 after a successful week that saw them go undefeated in 4 matches at the Group II competition which took place from February 4-8 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Hong Kong defeated the Phillippines 2-1 in the final play-off stage to finish atop the standings out of the 12 countries competing. Hong Kong were last in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in 2008.
The Hong Kong team, consisting of Hong Kong No. 1 Zhang Ling, Tiffany Wu Ho Ching, Eudice Chong and Fed Cup debutante Ng Kwan Yau, captained by Hong Kong Davis Cup player Philip King and coached by Karan Rastogi were placed in Pool A of Asia/Oceania Zone Group II with Malaysia and Vietnam. Hong Kong stormed through their two round robin matches, crushing both Malaysia and Vietnam 3-0, without the loss of a single set to finish first in Pool A. In the play-off stage, they faced Pool D winners India, with Zhang Ling and 17 year old Eudice Chong securing the 2 points needed by winning their singles matches in straight sets, before Tiffany Wu Ho Ching and Ng Kwan Yau dropped the ‘dead’ doubles rubber, to record a 2-1 win and progress to the final stage of the competition.
In the final play off stage to determine the Group’s top team and who would be promoted to Group I, Hong Kong faced Pool B winner the Philippines, who had beaten Pool C winners Turkmenistan to advance. Once again Hong Kong secured victory in the singles stages without the loss of a set as Eudice Chong defeated Anna Clarice Patrimonio 6-4 6-1 and Zhang Ling downing Marian Jade Capadocia 6-1 6-4. Tiffany Wu Ho Ching and Ng Kwan Yau lost a tight doubles 2 setter 7-6 6-3 to Patrimonio & Capadocia to round out a 2-1 win. The win secured Hong Kong’s 1st place finish in the Group II standings and their promotion to Asia/Oceania Group I for the first time in 6 years, after three consecutive years of falling in the final promotional play-off tie.
Hong Kong’s Fed Cup Captain, Philip King commented “The team performed strongly all week, with all three of our singles players- Lynn, Eudice and Tiffany not dropping a single set in their matches. Lynn in particular was a grounding force in the team, not even dropping a game in her first 2 matches and Eudice, at only 17 years old put in a very impressive performance, winning all 4 of her matches. The entire team, including Yau Yau and our coach Karan did a great job pulling together and setting the right standards for the future and we’ve proved that Hong Kong tennis has the ability to defeat teams we’ve never beaten before. We are delighted with our promotion back into Asia/Oceania Group I after six years in Group II, especially after getting so close to promotion in the last few years, and look forward to the challenge Group I will bring, as the competition is much tougher at that level. Hong Kong has a young and talented team that can only improve so the future looks bright for 2015 and beyond. My hope is that the confidence of beating countries like India full of higher ranked WTA professional players will also carry through to our individual players’ careers.”
Hong Kong’s results in full:
Hong Kong d. Vietnam 3-0 (in Pool A stage)
Tiffany WU Ho Ching (HKG) d. TRAN Thi Tam Hao (VIE) 6-3 6-2
ZHANG Ling (HKG) d. HUYNH Phi Khanh (VIE) 6-0 6-0
ZHANG Ling & Eudice CHONG (HKG) d. PHAN Thi Thanh Binh & DAO Minh Trang (VIE) 6-0 6-0
Hong Kong d. Malaysia 3-0 (in Pool A stage)
Eudice CHONG (HKG) d. Aslina CHUA AN PING (MAS) 6-3 6-4
ZHANG Ling (HKG) d. Alyssa BOEY (MAS) 6-0 6-0
NG Kwan Yau & Tiffany WU Ho Ching (HKG) d. Yus Syazlin Nabila Binti YUSRI & Michelle Li Sha KHOO (VIE) 6-1 6-2
Hong Kong d. India 2-1 (in Promotional Play-Off)
Eudice CHONG (HKG) d. Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) 6-2 6-1
ZHANG Ling (HKG) d. Ankita RAINA (IND) 6-4 6-3
Ankita RAINA & Rishika SUNKARA (IND) d. NG Kwan Yau & Tiffany WU Ho Ching (HKG) 6-2 6-1
Hong Kong d. Philippines 2-1 (in Promotional Play-Off)
Eudice CHONG (HKG) d. Anna Clarice PATRIMONIO (PHL) 6-4 6-1
ZHANG Ling (HKG) d. Marian Jade CAPADOCIA (PHL) 6-1 6-4
Marian Jade CAPADOCIA & Anna Clarice PATRIMONIO(PHL) d.NG Kwan Yau & Tiffany WU Ho Ching (HKG) 7-5 6-3
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