Sania Mirza, Ankita Raina to guide India in Billie Jean King Cup World Group Play-offs in opposition to Latvia

Sania Mirza, Ankita Raina to guide India in Billie Jean King Cup World Group Play-offs in opposition to Latvia

India had certified for the World Group Play-offs for the primary time after ending second within the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, held in Dubai in March 2020 whereas Latvia misplaced 2-3 to USA of their group.

Sania Mirza, Ankita Raina to lead India in Billie Jean King Cup World Group Play-offs against Latvia

File picture of Sania Mirza. Reuters

New Delhi: Veteran participant Sania Mirza and the nation’s finest singles participant Ankita Raina will lead India within the subsequent month’s Billie Jean King Cup World Group Play-offs away tie in opposition to Latvia because the AITA named a five-member group on Tuesday for the match.

The five-member group additionally has Karman Kaur Thandi, younger Zeel Desai, who’s making regular progress, and Rutuja Bhosale.

The All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) choice committee picked the group after a digital assembly on Tuesday.

Riya Bhatia, who was a enjoying member final 12 months, would be the reserve participant of the group, which will probably be captained by Vishal Uppal.

The 2-day away tie will probably be performed from 16 April on the indoor laborious courts on the Nationwide Tennis Centre, Lielupe, Jurmala.

India had certified for the World Group Play-offs for the primary time after ending second within the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, held in Dubai in March 2020 whereas Latvia misplaced 2-3 to USA of their group.

The tie will probably be a tricky take a look at for the Indians as Latvia are anticipated to be led by former French Open champion and World No 53 Jelena Ostapenko together with 2018 US Open semi-finalist Anastasija Sevastova, who’s ranked 56 now however was positioned eleventh in February 2018.
That they had run Serena Williams-led USA shut within the Qualifiers tie final 12 months.

India’s hopes will lie on Ankita, who has a knack for punching above her weight, and seasoned Sania’s expertise.

The World Group Play-offs of the match, beforehand generally known as Fed Cup, have been postponed twice earlier as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

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