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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby jaydeep » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:32 pm

Expected losses but an improved performance by our girls against Chinese girls ... Ankita stretched Lin Zhu to three sets ... Now our girls r playing an important final match against the Filipino girls.

At Fed Cup 2017 - Asia/ Oceania Group I - 1st Round, Astana, Kazakhstan

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India l China 0-3
[S2] Karman Kaur THANDI (IND) l Kai-Lin ZHANG (CHN) 46 46
[S1] Ankita RAINA (IND) l Lin ZHU (CHN) 36 63 46
[D] Riya BHATIA (IND)/ Snehadevi S REDDY (IND) l Zhaoxuan YANG (CHN)/ Kai-Lin ZHANG (CHN) 26 36

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:46 pm

Good fight by Ankita in particular against a player ranked close to 100 .

We must win tomorrow's match as as if we lose relagation play off will be against tougher team mostly Thailand.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby arjun2761 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:05 am

Slightly better fight by India against China but overall they have been outplayed thus far. Hopefully, they can beat Philippines who have only one ranked player...

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:27 am

We are tied 1-1 against Philippines after Karman won her match in straight sets while Ankita lost in straight sets. :-(

Doubles will decide the tie.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:11 am

Ankita and Karman won the doubles tie to win it for us and we stay in group 1 for another year. :D

At Fed Cup 2017 - Asia/ Oceania Group I - 1st Round, Astana, Kazakhstan

Pool B

India d. Philippines 2-1

[S2] Karman Kaur THANDI (IND) d. Khim IGLUPAS (PHI) 61 64
[S1] Ankita RAINA (IND) l. Katharina LEHNERT (PHI) 36 46

[D] Ankita RAINA / Karman Kaur THANDI (IND) d. Khim IGLUPAS / Katharina LEHNERT (PHI) 64 75

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby jaydeep » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:33 am

Good to see in the end they survived after Ankita's loss.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby jaydeep » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:27 am

Here is Kamesh Srinivasan's report on yesterday's Fed Cup match.
Karman stars in victory over Philippines in Fed Cup
NEW DELHI, FEB. 10:

Karman Kaur Thandi won both her singles and doubles matches to help India tame Philippines 2-1 in the last league match of the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group-1 women’s tennis tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Friday.

The first victory after defeats against top teams like Japan and China helped India avoid the relegation play-off.
‘’Our girls felt the pressure of being the better team today. Japan and China were very strong. Today, we could have won straight but Katharina did not give much chance for Ankita. In doubles, our girls saved a setpoint at 3-5 in the second set, before winning in straight sets. Overall, it was a professional performance. It was a pleasure to captain this team’’, said captain Nandan Bal.

It was a commendable fare by the Indian team which was depleted in the absence of doubles star Sania Mirza who had opted out owing to an injury.
‘’Karman has a big serve which is a weapon and a forehand that she hits like a hammer. But she needs to work on her second serve, because you are only as good as your second serve. The good thing is not only Karman but Ankita, Snehadevi, Riya and a bunch of youngsters back home are likely to take Indian women’s tennis to the next level’’, said Nandan.

Ankita had given a good account of herself in the singles match against China. Nandan felt that Ankita lacked a bit of self belief when the flow was in her favour and opined that more consistent exposure at the higher level would help her get better results.

Host Kazakhstan will play Japan for a berth in the World Group-1 play-off, while Philippines will play Thailand in the relegation play-off from which the loser would move to group-2 in the region.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby sameerph » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:46 pm

In the end, India did not miss Sania in this tournament. Against China and Japan, we lost both singles . So, doubles result did not matter and when it mattered against Philippines, our girls won the doubles match.

We need to have 2 singles players ranked inside top 200 to be competitive in this group and perhaps, 2 players in top 100 to have a chance of going thru to world group.

We have some good talent coming up on womens side now. Lets see if they can fulfil this in next few years.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby arjun2761 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:20 pm

I have a hard time considering this performance as being "a commendable fare." Beating Philippines 2-1 who have only 1 ranked player (ranked in the 500s) is hardly commendable. On the contrary, losing to them would have been an absolutely awful performance.

Yes, we have a lot of junior talent based on junior results but so far the transition to the seniors seems to be missing. Karman had a good junior record and good tennis tools but hasn't done much in her transition at least so far.

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Re: Fed Cup Thread for India ..

Postby PKBasu » Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:03 pm

Disappointing loss for Ankita Raina in particular against the 552-ranked Filipina (who is half-German). She should have won that match. Ankita showed much more promise in India colours last year -- perhaps inspired a bit more by Sania's presence in the team.


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