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Tennis: Doi clinches Japan's Fed Cup win over Netherlands

Misaki Doi celebrates her singles win against Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands in Japan's 4-0 Fed Cup World Group II playoff win in Osaka.(Kyodo)

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Misaki Doi's singles win against the Netherlands on Sunday clinched Japan's 4-0 victory in their Fed Cup World Group II playoff tie in Osaka.

    Doi's 6-3, 6-2 win over Bibiane Schoofs in the decisive third rubber at ITC Utsubo Tennis Center allowed Japan to remain in World Group II next year.

    On Saturday, the world No. 104 Doi beat Richel Hogenkamp in the first rubber before Nao Hibino defeated Schoofs to give the hosts an early 2-0 lead.

    The victory offered redemption for Doi and Hibino, who each dropped pivotal matches against Spain in February's World Group II first-round tie that forced Japan to play the relegation decider.

    Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Eri Hozumi closed out the tie with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 win over Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in the dead doubles rubber.

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