• Kyodo


Ai Sugiyama lost to her Swedish opponent in the day’s first Fed Cup singles match on Sunday, but Shinobu Asagoe prevailed for Japan’s third victory in the World Group playoff against Sweden.

Asagoe’s 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win against Hanna Nooni at Gifu Memorial Center secured a berth in next year’s Fed Cup for Japan, where it will be making its first appearance in the World Group of the 16-nation women’s competition since 2001.

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