Fed Cup: Ankita, Karman seal India’s win over Hong Kong

Ankita Raina persisted her red-hot shape with a fluent win after Karman Kaur Thandi’s erratic victory as India blanked Hong Kong Three-Zero within the Fed Cup in New Delhi on Friday.

Karman struggled to comprise her unforced mistakes however prevailed 6-Three, 6-Four over Eudice Chong to offer India a 1-Zero lead within the Asia/Oceania Team I suits.

Up in opposition to a lower-ranked opponent, positioned a humble 761 within the WTA checklist, Karman snapped a four-match shedding streak. The final time she received a Fed Cup event used to be precisely a yr again when she travelled to Astana, Kazakhstan.


Ankita, who has inspired along with her inspirational efficiency in opposition to higher-ranked avid gamers, then overcame Ling Zhang 6-Three, 6-2 to seal India’s first win of the 2018 season.

Within the inconsequential doubles, Prarthana Thombare and Pranjala Yadlapalli defeated Kwan Yau Ng and Ching Hu Wu 6-2, 6-Four.

The final time India received a tie Three-Zero used to be in February 2016, in opposition to Kazakhstan in Thailand.

On Saturday, India will play Chinese language Taipei, the fourth-placed workforce in Pool B within the relegation Play-off. The winner will stay in Team I and the loser might be relegated to Team II.

The final time India performed Chinese language Taipei used to be in February 2011 in Thailand and misplaced 1-2.

In spite of taking part in some energy-sapping suits within the final two days, Ankita didn’t let the depth drop as she saved grinding from the baseline and located some pleasant winners.

She didn’t lose a unmarried level on her serve within the first two video games and after breaking Zhang within the fourth sport, Ankita staved off 4 breakpoints within the 5th to take a Four-1 lead.

The destroy stayed along with her as she closed the set within the 9th.

To Zhang’s credit score, she did play clever tennis, ceaselessly catching Ankita through wonder along with her well-calculated drop pictures.

Zhang, ranked 331, additionally returned effectively.

Ankita hit a provider go back winner to earn two breakpoints and transformed the primary when Zhang hit a backhand huge to take an early lead in the second one set.

She had as many as 9 breakpoints to open up an enormous lead however a dogged Zhang stored they all. Ankita created alternatives with a number of winners at deuce issues however each time Zhang got here out with deep, angled returns to disclaim Ankita conversion.

Zhang modified techniques and began feeding loop balls, taking the tempo off the ball and letting it leap top, however Ankita countered the method properly and broke her within the 7th sport for a Five-2 lead.

Serving for the event, Ankita confronted two breakpoints however stored each to seal the tie for India.

Previous, Karman, who performed significantly better on Thursday, in opposition to a high quality opponent, remained erratic all over. Towards a greater opponent she would have struggled badly.

Ruin of serve used to be order of the event as each avid gamers struggled to carry. Karman misplaced her serve 3 times and Chong, who flew from the United States to compete for the rustic, dropped serve 5 instances within the contest.

Aditya Sachdeva, who has coached Karman from her youth however has no longer labored persistently since she used to be coaching away, agreed that she must paintings at the psychological a part of her sport.

“She must play larger issues higher. At 15-30 or 15-140 when you’ll hit the opponent psychologically she offers away loose issues. It comes with,” Sachdeva, who has once more got to work with Karman, advised PTI.

“However the excellent factor is she is fast learner and implements in event. We labored on her serve the day before today and it confirmed within the event. Ankita Bhambri additionally labored and that has helped her in nowadays’s event.”

Sachdeva additionally felt that taking part in for nation has its personal force and that has no longer allowed Karman to play as freely as she will.

“It is other if you find yourself taking part in Fed Cup in India. I discovered not anything incorrect in her sport nowadays. She is most effective 19 and can mature. She is stringer and significantly better now.

“She additionally grew through a couple of inches in the previous couple of months and it hampers your motion,” he assessed.

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