Fed Cup: India downs Uzbekistan

The Indian girls outplayed Uzbekistan 3-0, dropping a mere five games, in the last league match in the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group-1 tennis tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Friday.

Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare lost lost 5-7, 3-6 to the pairing of Shuko Aoyama and Eri Hozumi.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

The Indian girls outplayed Uzbekistan 3-0, dropping a mere five games, in the last league match in the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group-1 tennis tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Friday.

With four-time National champion Prerna Bhambri giving the team a rousing start beating Sabina Sharipova 6-1, 6-1, the country’s No. 1 singles player Ankita Raina sealed the issue outplaying the tall Nigna Abduraimova.

With the tie secured and the danger of relegation avoided with ease — India had lost to Japan and Thailand in the first two matches — Sania Mirza partnered Ankita to win the doubles rubber as well.

While Japan will play Chinese Taipei in the promotional match for the World Group-II play-off, India will meet Kazakhstan for the fifth place. Uzbekistan will meet Korea in the seventh place match, the loser relegated to Asia Oceania group-II.

The results (league): India bt Uzbekistan 3-0 (Prerna Bhambri bt Sabina Sharipova 6-1, 6-1; Ankita Raina bt Nigina Abduraimova 6-1, 6-0; Sania Mirza & Ankita Raina bt Akgul Amanmuradova & Arina Folts 6-2, 6-0).

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