Spain beat Japan 4-0 in Fed Cup WG playoff
Posted on: 08:03 PM IST Apr 21, 2013
Barcelona: Spain won a reverse singles match and a doubles match to beat Japan 4-0 in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.
Carla Suarez downed Ayumi Morita 6-3, 7-5 to give Spain an insurmountable 3-0 lead before doubles pair Anabel Medina and Lourdes Dominguez polished off Misaki Doi and Shuko Aoyama 6-4, 7-5 in a dead rubber.
Suarez, who won Spain's first point by defeating Doi on Saturday, used her reliable serve to take the first set. Japan's No. 1 saved one set point before sending her approach shot into the net to fall behind.
Suarez missed a chance to serve out the match up 5-3 in the second set, letting Morita rally to level at 5-5. But the Spaniard broke Morita's serve to clinch the match in 1 hour, 48 minutes, when Morita's return of her deep forehand fell short.
Japan didn't win a set in four matches on the outdoor clay court at Real Club de Polo tennis club. Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa had also beaten Morita in a singles match on Saturday.