Australia wins Davis Cup regional playoff

MELBOURNE: Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley have beaten Taiwan''s Yang Tsung-hua and Yi Chu-huan 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-2 to give Australia a 3-0 victory in their Davis Cup Asia/OceaniaGroup 1 tie.

Australia will go to the second round in May, when it will meet the winner of the Japan-Philippines tie, which Japan leads 2-0.

Ball and Hanley broke Taiwan''s service game to open the third set and went onto victory at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open.

Australia took a 2-0 lead Friday after singles victories by17-year-old Bernard Tomic and Peter Luczak.

Reverse singles matches, reduced to best-of-three sets, a rescheduled for Sunday.