New Zealand fifth in Fed Cup fail­ure

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New Zealand have thumped Pak­istan 3-0 to fin­ish fifth in what was ul­ti­mately a failed Fed Cup women’s ten­nis pro­mo­tion tilt. It was all too easy for the Ki­wis, with sin­gles play­ers Erin Rout­liffe and Jade Lewis win­ning in straight sets against Ushna Suhail and Mahin Qureshi re­spec­tively and dou­bles duo Emily Fan­ning and Kather­ine West­bury fol­low­ing suit. Ear­lier in pro­ceed­ings in Bahrain, New Zealand’s chances of Fed Cup pro­mo­tion from Asia-Ocea­nia group two were dashed by top seeds Uzbek­istan. They were routed 3-0 by the Uzbekis af­ter beat­ing Le­banon 3-0. As a re­sult, they failed to se­cure top spot in their pool, miss­ing out on the chance to be­come one of two teams pro­moted to group one. But team cap­tain Neil Carter called for bet­ter prepa­ra­tion for the play­ers.

Jade Lewis won her sin­gles.

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