Chinese Taipei and Pacific Oceania win promotion from Group II31/07/2023 00:00
Chinese Taipei and Pacific Oceania book their places in Asia/Oceania Group I next year after a successful week at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur
Chinese Taipei and Pacific Oceania have booked their places in Asia/Oceania Group I next year after a successful week at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur on 24-29 July.
The 2023 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Asia/Oceania Group II event featured 12 teams vying for two promotion spots.
Pacific Oceania were the only side to go unbeaten all week, topping Pool A before defeating Indonesia 2-0 in a promotion battle thanks to wins in the singles for Violet Apisah and Carol Young Suh Lee.
Chinese Taipei's route to Group I was less straightforward. The Taiwanese team fell 2-1 to Pacific Oceania to finish in second place in Pool A, but managed to overcome New Zealand 2-1 in a promotion play-off that went down to the wire.
Madeleine Jessup has a dream debut for Chinese Taipei, winning all but one of the eight matches she contested in both singles and doubles, inclucing contributing two points in the crucial match-up against New Zealand.
Trailling 1-0 after Jade Otway overcame Latisha Chan in the opening singles, Chinese Taipei put their faith in 18-year-old Jessup and she delivered a 6-3 7-5 victory against Erin Routliffe.
She then proceeded to team up in the doubles with Chan Hao-Ching to clinch the pivotal point with a 6-3 6-3 win against Otway and Routliffe.
Guam and Turkmenistan, who both finished the week without a win to their name, were relegated to Group III next year.