The inexperience of the Indian girls came to the fore as the second-seeded Australia recorded a 3-0 victory over the host, without dropping a set, in a group ‘B' league match of the Asia-Oceania Junior Fed Cup under-16 tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Tuesday.
Both Jasmine Kaur Bajaj and Tahira Bhatti were able to match their opponents stroke for stroke, but lacked the sting in their serves and the fluency on court to capitalise on the numerous chances. The two did not have adequate matches in the international under-18 circuit, to match the better quality play of the Aussies.
The 15-year-old Ashleigh Barty, ranked 52nd in the world in the under-18 list was particularly impressive as she handled the smart stroke-play of Tahira Bhatti with considerable poise in the second match between the two No.1 players.
Tahira played a loose game in dropping the first set in the tenth game, and lacked the confidence to do justice to her sound strokes, as she went down 4-6, 2-6.
Australia bt India 3-0 (Belinda Woolcock bt Jasmine KaurBajaj 6-1, 6-4; Ashleigh Barty bt Tahira Bhatti 6-4, 6-2; Brooke Rischbieth and Belinda Woolcock bt Tahira Bhatti and Snehadevi Reddy 6-2, 7-5).
Group-A: Japan bt China 3-0; Hong Kong bt Chinese Taipei 2-1.
Group-B: Thailand bt Sri Lanka 3-0; Group-C: Korea bt Singapore 3-0; Indonesia bt Uzbekistan 3-0.
Group-D: New Zealand bt Malaysia 3-0; Kazakhstan bt Philippines 3-0 . — Special Correspondent