India Thrash Turkmenistan In Fed Cup Playoff

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Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare continued to impress as India beat Turkmenistan 2-0 in the Fed Cup Group II Asia/Oceania Promotional Playoff semi-finals. This is the third consecutive victory for the Indian team at the SAAP Tennis Complex in Hyderabad.

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Ankita Raina in action at the Fed Cup

Earlier, they had beaten Pakistan and Malaysia in the group stages.

India will now meet the winner of the Indonesia v Philippines tie in the final on Saturday.

Ankita and Prarthana cruise to victory

The 481st-ranked Prarthana Thombare broke Jahana Bayramova in the first game of the match. Since then, it was a one-way traffic as the Indian won six games on the trot to clinch the first set 6-0. Prarthana once again broke the 17-year-old Jahana early in the second set to record a 6-0, 6-2 triumph.

It was the same story in the second Fed Cup match. Ankita Raina, ranked 248, looked absolutely confident as she unleashed her inside-out forehands at will. Her opponent, Anastasiya Prenko had no answer to Ankita’s power and accuracy. The Indian closed out the encounter 6-1, 6-2.

India beat Pakistan and Malaysia in Fed Cup group stage

Earlier, India had been clubbed with Pakistan and Malaysia in Group C. The home team had put up a convincing performance to get the better of both Pakistan and Malaysia 3-0 in the round robin stages.

Round Robin results:

India beat Pakistan 3-0

Prarthana Thombare def Sara Mansoor 6-1, 6-0

Ankita Raina def Ushna Suhail 6-0, 6-1

Natasha Palha/Prarthana Thombare def Iman Qureshi/Ushna Suhail 6-0, 6-4

India beat Malaysia 3-0

Prarthana Thombare def Yus Yusri 6-1, 6-0

Ankita Raina def Jawairiah Noordin 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

Natasha Palha/Prarthana Thombare def Theiviya Selvarajoo/Yus Yusri 6-0, 6-2




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