Taipei: South Korea took a 2-0 lead over Taiwan in the Davis Cup on Friday, boosting their chances of avoiding a crunch relegation play-off against New Zealand.
South Korea`s Lim Yong-Kyu defeated Hung Jui-chen 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in the opening singles match of the Asia-Oceania Group one tie in the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung.
Taiwan`s Wang Chieh-fu, ranked 806 in the world, put up a fight against world number 180 Chung Hyeon in the second match but lost 4-6, 5-7, 2-6.
Saturday`s doubles will see South Korea`s pairing of Cho Min-Hyeok/Nam Ji-Sung take on Peng Hsien-Yin and veteran player Chen Ti, ranked 244th.
Taiwan must win the doubles match to avoid defeat. The tie`s loser will play New Zealand in a play-off next month to decide who will be relegated to Group two.