Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne Park, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, 1 May 2016 | Tennis Australia

Australia have finished sixth at the World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania Qualifying in Thailand. After a stunning start to the week, which saw the team go undefeated as they took top spot in a hard-fought Group C, the girls were beaten by China on the final day of the competition.

After being defeated by Hong Kong in Thursday’s crunch play-off, the team took a clean sweep against New Zealand (who finished seventh) on Friday, before facing China on Saturday.

Zheng Hua Xiao took a tight opening match against Natasha Russel, before Annerly Poulos levelled the tie at one rubber each against Jiaqi Wang. The Chinese were too strong in the deciding doubles rubber, with Jiaqi Wang and Zheng Hua Xiao beating Olivia Gadecki and Annerly Poulos 6-2 6-3.

Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand all qualified for the 2016 World Group.