India beat Japan to win junior Davis Cup zonal final

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New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) India stamped its authority and continued its winning campaign to outplay Japan 2-0 in the final of the Asia-Oceania junior Davis Cup tennis tournament at the DLTA complex here today.

The Indians, who have not lost a single match in the tournament, did not give any surprises as Saurabh Singh overcame Motoaki Kita 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 while Yuki Bhambri defeated Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4, 6-1.

However, it was not an easy match for Saurabh in the morning who was stretched to limit by Kita but eventually the Indian emerged as the winner.

After being a set down, Kita fought back in the second set and immediately broke Saurabh in the first game. The Japanese then held his serve and put Saurabh further behind by breaking him again in the ninth game to draw level.

Immediately at the start of the third set, Kita broke Saurabh in the first game. Just when the Japanese looked to completely dominate the Indian, Saurabh recovered well and fought hard in the third game.

Saurabh then paced his volleys excellently and then went on to win the set and match as under pressure Kita made enough errors to provide the Indian a good number of opportunities.

However, the world number five, Yuki Bhambari made light of the effort put up by an aggressive Yasutaka Uchiyama who did not allow the Indian to walk away with the match.

Uchiyama broke Bhambri in the third game after the Indian had taken an early lead with a break in the first game. The Japanese used his skills at the net and served well to make it difficult for Bhambri.

But Bhambari's booming serves did not have many answers from Uchiyama and Indian exploited the opportunity to a great deal.

Bhambri broke Uchiyama thrice in the first set - first, seventh and tenth to win the set 6-4.

A charged up Bhambri then moved on from there and his volleys from the net were a difficult task for the Japanese. The Indian broke his counterpart in the fifth and seventh game to seal the set and the match.


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