Fed Cup Tennis: Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi win to ensure India retain spot in Group I
Ankita Raina prevailed over her rival in a long-drawn dog-fight after Karman Kaur Thandi's impressive win as India retained their place in the Asia/Oceania Group 'I' in the Fed Cup after beating Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the relegation Play-off
Ankita Raina prevailed over her rival in a long-drawn dog-fight after Karman Kaur Thandi's impressive win as India retained their place in the Asia/Oceania Group 'I' in the Fed Cup after beating Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the relegation Play-off here on Saturday. Rising to the occasion, Karman produced a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over a crafty Lee Pei-Chi to hand India a 1-0 lead in the do-or-die tie.
Ankita, who had played some incredible matches against higher-ranked rivals, then ran into a wily left-hander Chieh-Yu Hsu, who is ranked at a humble 377 but forced Ankita to play out of her skin. Eventually, after an energy-sapping two hour and 54 minutes, Ankita emerged a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 winner to ensure that India remain in the Group 'I'. Japan qualified for the World Group Play-off after beating Kazakhstan 2-1. Both Japan and Kazakhstan had remained unbeaten in their Pools. Ankita, playing the tennis of her life, remained unbeaten in her singles matches in the competition, winning all her four matches.
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