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India rally to beat Thailand in Fed Cup in Kazakhstan

Balbir Singh | February 08, 2019 10:28 AM

CHANDIGARH: India (Pool A), China  and Indonesia (Pool B) won their respective matches in the Asia/Oceania Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan of the 2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
After losing the opening singles, India  rallied to get the better of Thailand by 2-1  in Pool A at the National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan. Nudnida Luangnam gave Thailand 1-0 lead after beating Karman Kaur Thandi of India  6-2 3-6 6-3. Ankita Raina restored parity of India by dowing  Peangtarn Plipuech  of Thailand 6-7(3) 6-2 6-4 in the second singles.
Tied one-all Indian duo of Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi clinched victory after defeating Thailand combination of  Nudnida Luangnam/Peangtarn Plipuech  6-4 6-7(6) 7-5.
In Pool B CHINA, P.R. blanked Korea by  3-0 and Indonesia defeated Pacific Oceania by 3-0.
2019 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Group I and II events taking place on February 6 to 9: Americas Group I in Medellin, Colombia; Europe/Africa Group I in Bath, Great Britain; Europe/Africa Group I in Zielona Gora, Poland; Asia/Oceania Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan; and Europe/Africa Group II in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
All nations contesting the Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on April 20-21, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.
Results:  Asia/Oceania Group I
Pool A: India bt Thailand 2-1 (Nudnida Luangnam (THA) bt Karman Kaur Thandi (IND) 6-2 3-6 6-3, Ankita Raina (IND) bt Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 6-7(3) 6-2 6-4, Ankita Raina/Karman Kaur Thandi (IND) bt Nudnida Luangnam/Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 6-4 6-7(6) 7-5).
Pool B
China, P.R. bt Korea 3-0 (Saisai Zheng (CHN) bt Su Jeong Jang (KOR) 3-6 6-3 6-3, Shuai Zhang (CHN) bt Na-Lae Han (KOR) 6-0 6-4, Zhaoxuan Yang/Shuai Zhang (CHN) d. Na-Lae Han/Na Ri Kim (KOR) 6-3 7-5).
Indonesia bt Pacific Oceania 3-0 (Aldila Sutjiadi (INA) bt Violet Apisah (POC) 6-4 6-2, Beatrice Gumulya (INA) bt Abigail Tere-Apisah (POC) 6-4 2-6 6-4, Deria Nur Haliza/Jessy Rompies (INA) d. Steffi Carruthers/Abigail Tere-Apisah (POC) 6-4 6-4).

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