The No. 1 seeds and defending champions have secured their place atop a competitive Group A at the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals. Canada defeated India 2-1 on Thursday on the last day of round-robin action to advance into the semifinals.
Chih Chi Huang forced Siddhant Banthia to three sets but ultimately fell 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening singles rubber. Félix Auger-Aliassime evened up the score with his 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Adil Kalyanpur. Huang and Auger-Aliassime then teamed up to take on Kalyanpur and Megh Patel in the deciding doubles rubber. The Canadians triumphed 7-6(4), 7-6(3) to take the tie 2-1.
The victory sees Canada seal first spot in Group A, ahead of host nation Hungary, as well as India and Chile. On Saturday, Canada takes on the fourth-seeded American team for a spot in the final. In the draw’s other semifinal, No. 2 seed Russia meets Argentina.
The Canadian Junior Fed Cup team was also in action on Thursday. In a battle for first place in Group B, the undefeated squad took on another nation with a pristine record. Canada and Poland faced off, but the fourth-seeded Polish team came out on top with the 2-1 victory.
Canada’s only win came in the doubles rubber, after Poland had clinched the tie following wins against Isabelle Boulais and Bianca Andreescu in the singles rubbers. Boulais and Andreescu, however, did defeat Maja Chwalinska and Stefania Rogozinska-Dzik 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Canada’s quest for fifth place begins on Friday when they take on Thailand in their first play-off tie.
The Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finals run until October 2. For full draws, updated results, and live scoring, visit itftennis.com/juniors.