New Zealand fifth in Fed Cup failure
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.