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Spain beat Japan 4-0 in Fed Cup WG playoff


Apr 21, 2013 at 08:13pm IST

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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.

Spain beat Japan 4-0 in Fed Cup WG playoff

Carla Suarez downed Ayumi Morita 6-3, 7-5 to give Spain an insurmountable 3-0 lead. (AP Photo)

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.

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