Japanese doubles team victorious


Satoshi Iwabuchi partnered with Takao Suzuki to defeat Chinese pair Yu Xinyuan and Zeng Shaoxuan in doubles at the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania zone competition Saturday, booking Japan a spot in the next round with its third win in a row on the penultimate day of first-round action.

Iwabuchi and Suzuki beat Yu and Zeng 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1 at Beijing International Tennis Center, giving the Japanese team its third victory after 18-year-old Yuichi Sugita and Go Soeda won singles matches on Friday. Japan will face the winner of the competition between Taiwan and Thailand back on home soil starting in April in the second round of zone play.