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India rally to beat Thailand in Fed Cup in Kazakhstan

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Chandigarh, Feb 8: 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 the Pool -A at the National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday. 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 defeating 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 the Thailand pair 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, PR 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). (UNI)