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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby Saniapower » Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:39 pm

Our Fed cup team already in Thailand. Sania will join them soon.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby bujilover » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:12 pm

Beautiful picture. Will the reserve player gets a chance to play in the team?

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby suresh » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:56 am

Will someone label the photo so that I can identify the players.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:51 am

Our first match against hosts Thailand already started and we lost the first rubber.

India vs. Thailand

[S1] Prerna Bhambri (IND,399) l. Bunyawi Thanchaiwat (THA,629) 26 57

Ankita will be up next against Thai no. 1 Luksika Kumkhum who is a top 150 player. So, tough one.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:39 am

Currently, Ankita seems to be putting up a pretty good fight against Thai no.1 . She was down 1-3 in the first set but has won 3 straight games to lead 4-3 on serve.

And she breaks Kumkhum again to lead 5-3 and will serve for the first set.

But, gets broken . Kumkhum serving at 4-5.

Kumhkhum holds and breaks Ankita to lead 6-5 and will serve for the set. 3 straight games for her now.

But, Ankita breaks to take this set to a tie breaker.

Ankita loses the tie break 5-7 to lose the first set. :-(

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:20 am

And she loses the second set too and with that we lose the first match.

India l. Thailand 0-2

[S1] Prerna Bhambri (IND,399) l. Bunyawi Thanchaiwat (THA,629) 26 57

[S2] Ankita Raina (IND,307) l. Luksika Kumkhum (THA,149) 67(5) 36

Not a bad match by Ankita. Prerna should have done better.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:17 pm

We also lost the doubles match today without Sania playing.

India l. Thailand 0-3

[D] Prerna BHAMBRI / Prarthana G. THOMBARE (IND) l. Kamonwan BUAYAM / Peangtarn PLIPUECH (THA) 76(6) 26 46

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:27 pm

These are pools with team details -

POOL A
Japan - Nao Hibino, Kurumi Nara, Eri Hozumi, Shuko Aoyama
Thailand - Luksika Kumkhum, Peangtarn Plipuech, Kamonwan Buayam, Bunyawi Thamchaiwat
Uzbekistan - Nigina Abduraimova, Akgul Amanmuradova, Sabina Sharipova, Arina Folts
India - Ankita Raina, Prerna Bhambri, Prarthana Thombare, Sania Mirza

POOL B
Kazakhstan - Zarina Diyas, Yaroslava Shvedova, Yulia Putintseva, Galina Voskoboeva
China, P.R - Saisai Zheng, Qiang Wang, Yafan Wang, Chen Liang
Korea Rep. - Su Jeong Jang, Na-Lae Han, So-Ra Lee, Ji Hee Choi
Chinese Taipei - Su-Wei Hsieh, Kai-Chen Chang, Yung-Jan Chan, Hao-Ching Chan

Our basic focus this time should be on staying on this group and not relegated to group II as has been happening on last few occasions when we moved to group 1.

Apart from our loss, today in our group Uzbekistan with 2 players ranked 217 and 239 won matches against Japanese top 100 players to create a big upset.

I was hoping that we can get a win against Uzbeks and avoid to play relegation play off. But, that equation has changed now with that Uzbek win.

We play Japan in a very tough match tomorrow.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby vatsal323 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:00 pm

Sania mentioned in one of her very recent interviews that she still practises Singles in practice, but can't do it one day after the other, as her body, especially the wrist, needs time to recover. So I guess, she could play one of the singles here, as there are just two days left. She would still be playing singles at a very decent level, I guess!

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby PKBasu » Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:36 am

We definitely need Sania to play singles, until Karman or Pranjala is ready to do the job. Ankita can take one singles slot, but she should be the #2 singles player. The trouble is that Ankita will probably still have to play #1 singles because Sania doesn't have a singles ranking :-(

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:50 am

Today, Prarthana replaced Prerna as second singles player against Japan. But, result is not different.

India vs. Japan

[S1] Prarthna Thombre (IND,523) l. Eri Hosumi (JPN,206) 26 16

Next up Ankita against 56th ranked Nao Hibino. Not much hope there.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby Saniapower » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:59 am

Reserve player can't play?

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:44 am

I don't think so. Else, Karman would have been picked for second singles.

Anyway, Ankita has just won the first set against the Japanese top 60 player Hibino. She went up a break early and was serving for the set at 5-3. She faced 2 breakpoints at 15-40 but saved both and won next 2 points to take the set 6-3. :-)

Go Ankita.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:04 am

Ankita leading 3-1 with a break in second set.

And goes a double break up to lead 4-1. :-)

Ankita has 2 match points at 5-1, 15-40, Hibino saves one, saved both to bring it to deuce, ad-out- third match point, back to deuce, ad-out - fourth match point, saved again back to deuce, ad-in, deuce, ad-out- fifth match point and this time she takes it to complete a fabulous win. :bounce:

[S2] Ankita Raina (IND,307) d. Nao Hibino (JPN,56) 63 61

Biggest win of her career and coming in a crunch match.

That level us 1-1 against top seeds Japan.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:08 am

Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombre starting their doubles match against Eri Hozumi and Shuko Aoyama now. Can Sania shepherd Prarthana to get us an upset win ?


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