COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Japan has qualified for the World Team Cup finals following a 2-1 win over China in the Asian qualification men’s final on Sunday.
With a guaranteed place in the men’s final Japan rested its main players ahead of the final round robin tie, falling to a 3-0 loss to hosts Sri Lanka. Suresh Dharmasena defeated Yoshinobu Fujimoto 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 before Gamini Dissanayake managed a huge upset, beating world no. 15 Kouhei Suzuki 6-4, 7-5 to win the tie for Sri Lanka.
Needing a win in its last match to advance in the final, China managed a tight 2-1 victory over Malaysia to advance in the most dramatic fashion. Facing elimination Ariggahmi Zaquan Ariffin managed a 7-62, 4-6, 7-66 win over Chao Du to force the doubles match. China cruised in the doubles claiming a 6-1, 6-4 win to claim the tie and a place in the final.
Shunjiang Dong put China in a good position in the first match of the final as he managed a three-set win against Fujimoto 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. But Japan came powering back with world No. 8 Takashi Sanada claiming the second singles rubber in three sets.
That sent the tie to the doubles rubber, with Du and Fujimoto teaming up and getting a strong win, easily beating the Chinese pair 6-4, 6-3. That doubles win sent Japan through to the World Team Cup finals for the 32nd time.