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India finish 4th in Fed Cup after losing 1-2 to Korea

By The Assam Tribune

ASTANA (KAZAKHSTAN), Feb 9: India ended its campaign at the Fed Cup with a fourth place finish after losing the classification tie 1-2 to Korea as the team badly missed injured Karman Kaur Thandi, who did not play on Saturday.

Captain Vishal Uppal handed national champion Mahak Jain her Fed Cup debut after a groin strain forced Karman out of the tie.

The diminutive Mahak played her heart out before losing steam towards the end for a 2-6, 6-3, 1-6 defeat against Na Ri Kim.

Like on many occasions, Ankita came out to level the tie as she outplayed Sunam Jiong 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 18 minutes.

The doubles became decisive but Ankita and Prarthana Thombare lost the close rubber 4-6, 4-6 to the Korean team of Su Jeong Jang and Kim.

Captain Uppal said India had a good chance to win this tie.

�Big learning curve for Mahak today. She could have won this match but she dropped off at the start of the third set which you cannot afford to do against a good player,� Uppal told PTI.

Ankita dominated her match and we could have won 2-0 today or even 2-1 had Karman been fit enough to play.�

Uppal said future was bright for the Indian Fed Cup team players. � PTI

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India finish 4th in Fed Cup after losing 1-2 to Korea

ASTANA (KAZAKHSTAN), Feb 9: India ended its campaign at the Fed Cup with a fourth place finish after losing the classification tie 1-2 to Korea as the team badly missed injured Karman Kaur Thandi, who did not play on Saturday.

Captain Vishal Uppal handed national champion Mahak Jain her Fed Cup debut after a groin strain forced Karman out of the tie.

The diminutive Mahak played her heart out before losing steam towards the end for a 2-6, 6-3, 1-6 defeat against Na Ri Kim.

Like on many occasions, Ankita came out to level the tie as she outplayed Sunam Jiong 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 18 minutes.

The doubles became decisive but Ankita and Prarthana Thombare lost the close rubber 4-6, 4-6 to the Korean team of Su Jeong Jang and Kim.

Captain Uppal said India had a good chance to win this tie.

�Big learning curve for Mahak today. She could have won this match but she dropped off at the start of the third set which you cannot afford to do against a good player,� Uppal told PTI.

Ankita dominated her match and we could have won 2-0 today or even 2-1 had Karman been fit enough to play.�

Uppal said future was bright for the Indian Fed Cup team players. � PTI