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