Comeback star Sania Mirza also contributes big as India secure historic berth
It was a jubilant moment for the Indian Fed cup team as they progressed into the playoffs for the first time ever with Ankita Raina leading them to an impressive 2-1 win over Indonesia.
Ankita pulled off a singles win against Aldila Sutjiadi. She later combined with Sania Mirza who returned recently after maternal break to beat Sutziyadi and Nugroho 7-6(4), 6-0. India will take on either Latvia or the Netherlands in April.
With this win, India finished second in the six-team Group with four wins in a row after losing the opening tie to China. Since earning their place back in Asia/Oceania Group I in 2016, India has remained in the regional group.
India’s non-playing captain Vishal Uppal was a happy man. “It’s a historic moment and to be part of it feels surreal. I am proud of each and every member of our team — the players, physio, coach, manager. We all came together and worked towards a common goal,” Uppal told PTI.
“The key was to do the fundamentals well and keep it simple on court. As a team everyone stepped up one day or the other which is very important. I hope this win will give a big boost to women’s tennis in India.”