Trio of upsets in Doha

Doha WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championships 2012

It was a dramatic second day of Pool action at the Doha WSF Men’s World Junior Team Championships in Qatar, where the top seeds all made it through to the playoff stage safely enough, but Japan, Brazil and Germany produced a trio of upsets in the final session of play to claim second place in their pools and unexpected places in the draw for the top twelve teams.

Morning Session:
Pool D: [4] India 3-0 [9] Australia , Germany 2-1 Qatar
Pool E: [5] Hong Kong 3-0 [8] Colombia
Pool F: [6] Usa 3-0 [7] France , Brazil 3-0 Guatemala

Fourth seeds India duly completed a second win to take charge of Pool D while Germany beat hosts Qatar to set up a meeting with Australia to see who finishes second.

Hong Kong topped Pool E with victory over Colombia, leaving the South Americans to play Japan for second place.

The closest match on paper proved so on court too, with Dylan Murray winning 11/9 in the fifth to put the USA two-nil up over France and a give his team a likely top spot in Pool F.

Afternoon Matches:
Pool A: [1] Egypt 3-0 Argentina , [12] Kuwait 2-0 Switzerland
Pool B: [2] Pakistan 3-0 Iraq , [11] New Zealand 3-0 South Africa
Pool C: [3] England 3-0 Zimbabwe , [10] Canada 2-1 Belgium

The top three seeds of Egypt, Pakistan and England wasted no time in completing their third straight 3-0 wins to finish top of their respective pools to take up favoured positions in the playoff draw.

Seeds 10, 11 and 12 finished in second places as expected, but none of them had it easy – Canada went to three against Belgium, New Zealand needed two 3-2 wins to see off South Africa, and Kuwait were given a stern test by Switzerland who will feel aggrieved at the 3-0 scoreline.

Evening Matches:
Pool D: [4] India 3-0 Qatar , [9] Australia 1-2 Germany
Pool E: [8] Colombia 1-2 Japan
Pool F: [6] Usa 3-0 Guatemala , [7] France 1-2 Brazil

India and USA duly completed their third wins to top their pools, but there was plenty of drama elsewhere as three seeded teams were relegated to the 13-23 place playoffs.

A delighted Japan made sure of their best-ever finish by beating 8th seeded Colombia as Ryosei Kobayashi won an exciting top strin tie to put Japan 2-0 up. Brazil also guaranteed themselves a best-ever placing as they beat 7th seeds France after going one-nil down, and to round off a hat-trick of upsets Germany put 9th seeds Australia out of the top group, also in a deciding match.

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Playoff draws:


Positions 1-12 (12.00 Sunday):

[1] Egypt v bye
[10] Canada v Brazil
[4] India v bye
[5] Hong Kong v [11] New Zealand
[6] USA v [12] Kuwait
[3] England v bye
Japan v Germany
[2] Pakistan v bye

Positions 13-23 (15.30 Sunday):

Argentina v bye
Zimbabwe v bye
Australia v bye
France v Iraq
Colombia v Switzerland
Belgium v bye
Guatemala v Qatar
South Africa v bye

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