In­dia go down in clas­si­fi­ca­tion tie, fin­ish 4th FED CUP

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SPORT - —PTI

As­tana (Kaza­khstan): In­dia ended its cam­paign at the Fed Cup with a fourth place fin­ish in the Asia/Ocea­nia group af­ter los­ing the clas­si­fi­ca­tion tie 1-2 to South Korea.

Cap­tain Vishal Up­pal handed na­tional cham­pion Ma­hak Jain her Fed Cup de­but af­ter a groin strain forced Kar­man Kaur Thandi out of Satur­day’s tie.

The diminu­tive Ma­hak played her heart out be­fore los­ing steam to­wards the end for a 2-6 6-3 1-6 de­feat against Na Ri Kim.

Like on many oc­ca­sions, Ankita Raina came out to level the tie as she out­played Su­nam Jiong 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 18 min­utes.

The dou­bles be­came de­ci­sive but Ankita and Prarthana Thom­bare lost the close rub­ber 4-6 4-6 to the Korean team of Su Jeong Jang and Kim.

Cap­tain Up­pal said In­dia had a good chance to win this tie. “Big learn­ing curve for Ma­hak to­day. She could have won this match but she dropped off at the start of the third set which you can­not af­ford to do against a good player,” Up­pal said.

“Ankita dom­i­nated her match and we could have won 2-0 to­day or even 2-1 had Kar­man been fit enough to play,” he added.

Up­pal said the fu­ture was bright for the In­dian Fed Cup team play­ers.

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