Indian teams for SAF Games and Fed cup announced

The fine run of four-time National champion Prerna Bhambri, in the last quarter of this season, fetched her a berth in the Indian squad for the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group-I women’s tennis event to be held in Hua Hin, Thailand, from February 1.

A good run of form has earned Prerna Bhambri a place in India's team for the Fed Cup and the SAF games.   -  Arun Kulkarni

The fine run of four-time National champion Prerna Bhambri, in the last quarter of this season, fetched her a berth in the Indian squad for the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group-I women’s tennis event to be held in Hua Hin, Thailand, from February 1.

The world no.1 doubles star Sania Mirza will spearhead the Indian challenge and double up as the captain of the team. Karman Kaur Thandi has been kept as a reserve, as the selectors, with SP Misra as the chairman, announced only a four-member squad, with Zeeshan Ali as the coach.

Prerna Bhambri will also be part of the six-member team for the tennis event of the SAF Games scheduled to be held in Guwahati from February 7 to 11.

Zeeshan Ali will be the coach of the men’s team which will have Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sanam Singh in the six-member squad. Shalini Thakur Chawla, who was the coach of the Fed Cup team in the last edition in Hyderabad, when India returned to group-I, will be the coach of the women’s team for the SAF Games.

The teams:

Fed Cup: Sania Mirza (captain), Ankita Riana, Prerna Bhambri, Prarthana Thombare. Reserve: Karman Kaur Thandi. Coach: Zeeshan Ali.

SAF Games:

Men: Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sanam Singh, Vijay Sundar Prashanth, Purav Raja, Divij Sharan. Reserve: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. Coach/Captain: Zeeshan Ali.

Women: Ankita Raina, Prerna Bhambri, Rishika Sunkara, Natasha Palha, Prarthana Thombare, Sharmadaa Baluu. Coach/Captain: Shalini Thakur Chawla.