• Kyodo News


Japan advanced to the Fed Cup World Group II playoffs in April after a 3-0 win Saturday over Uzbekistan in Thailand.

Junri Namigata gave Japan the lead in its Asia/Oceania Group I playoff in Thailand with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Sabina Sharipova before Ayumi Morita beat Nigina Abduraimova 6-4, 6-1.

Morita and Rika Fujiwara were leading 2-1 in the first set in the doubles dead rubber when Abduraimova and Albina Khabibulina retired.

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