Davis Cup: 18-year-old Yibing Wu named in China squad for India tie

18-year-old Yibing Wu is a former junior world No. 1, who won US Open junior singles and doubles titles last year.

A file photo of Ze Zhang.   -  S. Subramanium

Di Wu and Ze Zhang who were ranked in the top-150 in their prime will spearhead the Chinese team for the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania group-1 tie against India to be played in Tianjin on April 6 and 7.

The 26-year-old Di Wu and the 27-year-old Ze Zhang are ranked 245 and 252 respectively.

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The Chinese will also have the former junior world No. 1, Yibing Wu, who had won the US Open singles and doubles junior titles last year and followed that up with the men's Challenger title in Shanghai.

The 18-year-old Yibing Wu, ranked 333, had the experience of being invited to hit with the top players of the world during the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals  in London

Mao-Xin Gong is the doubles specialist in the team and the unranked Fajing Sun completes the five-member squad.

India will be spearheaded by the 136th ranked Ramkumar Ramanathan, in the absence of the 107th ranked Yuki Bhambri who has pulled out owing to an abdominal injury.

Sumit Nagal (218) and Prajnesh Gunneswaran (246) lend solidity to the singles challenge for India, while the experienced former world No.1 Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna, will attempt to swing  the doubles in favour of India.

India has an undefeated 3-0 record against China, which will aim to reach the World Group play-off for the first time since 1990.

The tie will be played on outdoor hard courts, in the new format of best-of-three sets, with two singles on the first day, followed by the doubles and two reverse singles on the second day.