San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 29 September 2014 |

Australia has finished seventh at the Junior Fed Cup Finals in Mexico at the weekend after defeating Thailand in a play-off.

In the week-long tournament held last week in San Luis Potosi, Australia fell 3-0 to Japan in the 5th-8th play-off stage before beating Thailand.

Earlier in the event, Australia narrowly missed out on a semifinal berth, falling 2-1 to second seeds Hungary to finish second in their round-robin group.

In their first two matches, they dominated Ecuador and Mexico, winning both ties 3-0.

The team comprised promising Australian junior talents Kimberly Birrell, Destanee Aiava and Seone Mendez.

Junior Fed Cup – 5th-8th place play-off

(7) Japan defeated (5) Australia 3-0
Momoko Kobori (JPN) d. Destanee Aiava (AUS) 7-5 6-1
Chihiro Muramatsu (JPN) d. Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 6-3 6-4
Momoko Kobori/Chihiro Muramatsu (JPN) d. Kimberly Birrell/Seone Mendez (AUS) 6-4 5-7 6-2

(5) Australia defeated Thailand 2-1
Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Bootsarakomvisit Manita (THA) 6-1 7-5
Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (THA) d. Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 2-6 7-5 6-3
Destanee Aiava/Kimberly Birrell (AUS) d. Bootsarakomvisit Manita/Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (THA) 4-6 6-3 6-1

Junior Fed Cup – round robin Group D

(5) Australia defeated Mexico 3-0
Destanee Aiava (AUS) d. Daniela Morales (MEX) 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4
Kimberly Birrell (AUS) d. Maria Jose Portillo (MEX) 6-1 6-1
Kimberly Birrell/Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Alexia Coutino/Maria Jose Portillo (MEX) 6-3 6-2

(5) Australia defeated Ecuador 3-0
Destanee Aiava (AUS) d. Camila Romero (ECU) 7-6(3) 7-6(6)
Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Rafaella Baquerizo (ECU) 5-4 ret.
Destanee Aiava/Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Mikaela Molina/Camila Romero (ECU) 6-3 6-2

(2) Hungary defeated (5) Australia 2-1
Dalma Galfi (HUN) d. Seone Mendez (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-1
Fanni Stollar (HUN) d. Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 6-4 7-6(7)
Destanee Aiava/Kimberly Birrell (AUS) d. Dalma Galfi/Fanni Stollar (HUN) 6-0 7-5