Hua Hin (Thailand): After two consecutive losses the Indian team finally tasted success in Fed Cup as it outplayed Uzbekistan 3-0 in Pool A with Ankita Raina (above) winning both her singles and doubles matches on Friday.
Prerna Bhambri provided a solid start with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Sabina Sharipova in just 57 minutes as India took a 1-0 lead. India’s No 1 singles player, Ankita then sealed it for India with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Nigina Abduraimova in 59 minutes.
In the inconsequential doubles rubber, Ankita joined hands with World No 1 in doubles Sania Mirza to beat Akgul Amanmuradova and Arina Folts 6-2, 6-0 in merely 48 minutes.
"I had a lot of energy in my singles match today. More than yesterday. I was aggressive and did not give her any chance."
"Even when I was a game point down, I did not think of the score and continued being aggressive," Ankita, who had beaten World No 56 Nao Hibino yesterday, said. “And of course Prerna’s win gave a lot of boost and I got pumped up.
I had a different kind of energy and vibes today. I saw a different side of me.” she added.