Ankita Raina: Fed Cup: Ankita shines again but India lose 1-2 to Kazakhstan | Tennis News
NEW DELHI: Ankita Raina confirmed nerves of metal in an inspirational win over a seasoned Yulia Putintseva however her effort proved inadequate once more as India misplaced the Fed Cup tie 1-2 to Kazakhstan after dropping the decisive doubles right here on Thursday.
Ankita not solely needed to grind it out but additionally shrugged off poor umpiring to emerge a 6-Three, 1-6, 6-Four winner in two hours and 25 minutes towards a participant, who was ranked as excessive as 27 final 12 months and had overwhelmed top-10 gamers.
Earlier than Ankita’s win, Karman Kaur Thandi gave ample show of her expertise however lacked consistency and misplaced the opening singles of the Asia/Oceania Group I tie to world quantity 55 Zarina Diyas.
Nonetheless, the doubles proved to be a weak hyperlink once more as Anita and Prarthana Thombare had been demolished Zero-6, Four-6 by Diyas and Putintseva.
Prarthana has been specializing in doubles for a while now however she didn’t anchor India within the decisive match for the second day in a row.
Thursday’s defeat implies that India are out of the World Group Play-offs race. From Pool A, it will likely be both China or Kazakhstan who will conflict with winner of Pool B for a spot within the Play-off, scheduled for April.
India, who subsequent tackle Hong Kong, will attempt to keep up their place within the Asia/Oceania Group I.
Ankita, who had overwhelmed world quantity 120 Lin Zhu on Wednesday, responded to the decision from her workforce with a sensational efficiency towards the world quantity 81 Kazakh.
Putintseva, who beat gamers of the caliber of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dominika Cibulkova en route the ultimate of St Petersburg WTA occasion final 12 months, discovered the going robust towards Ankita, who stood out along with her relentless returns.
It was a dogfight from the baseline as Putintseva, a grinder from throughout the courtroom, was selecting every little thing and throwing it again.
Ankita too was ready to place the balls again on the courtroom, which meant factors had been lengthy and hard-fought.
Ankita did create a small opening to get the primary break within the sixth recreation by hitting constantly on the backhand facet of the Kazakh after which blasted a forehand winner, however Putintseva performed well to save lots of the possibility.
Nonetheless, Ankita stored placing strain on her opponent as she charged the web and Putintseva tried a lob, which went lengthy. It put the Kazakh down 15-30.
An error from Putintseva handed Ankita two break possibilities and the Indian transformed the second. It was a reward of her exhausting work as Ankita by no means let Putintseva breathe straightforward with constant returns on her backhand facet.
Regardless of having to play some extent twice after a name error at 30-Zero, Ankita served out the set at love.
A break of serve was the absolute best begin for Ankita within the second set however some poor calls by the chair umpire and linemen not solely prevented the Indian from consolidating the break however she additionally misplaced serve.
There was a sudden change within the fortune of Putintseva, who had raced to a Four-1 lead because the Indian dropped serve once more.
Ankita’s strokes misplaced the sting a bit and driving on the momentum, Putintseva broke the Indian yet one more time and served out the set to make it even steven.
Ankita’s returns weren’t as sharp, highly effective and exact as they had been within the opening set. She misplaced serve within the third recreation to let Putintseva take lead within the decider.
She was down by three breakpoints within the fifth recreation as effectively however the Indian, ranked simply 253 on the earth, fought all of them for a vital maintain.
The slugfest continued and it was Four-Four. Ankita held her personal serve underneath strain and broke the Kazkah one ultimate time when Putintseva hit a backhand large on match level to report a memorable win.
Ankita needed to maintain again celebration after the Kazakh workforce protested towards a name. However the chair umpire was not satisfied and a relieved Ankita bowed.
Earlier, Karman began taking part in freely solely after dropping serve within the second and saving a break level within the fourth. In a nervous begin, like yesterday, she was damaged at love within the second recreation as she hit a forehand large and lengthy.
Whereas Diyas cruised to a Four-1 lead, Karman lastly discovered some rhythm and began to play her strokes fluently.
Karman adopted an aggressive strategy whereas returning as she despatched deep balls on each flanks and was rewarded when she earned three breakpoints within the seventh recreation and transformed the second with an beautiful forehand winner.
The Indian, attempting too exhausting, dropped serve within the subsequent recreation. Diyas was serving for the set when she went down 30-40 however Karman hit a backhand lengthy to let go the break likelihood.
That was sufficient for the skilled Kazakh to seal the set. Whereas Karman was preventing quite a bit higher, she was not constant sufficient. A flurry of forehand errors resulted in early break of serve within the second set.
Karman was now serving quite a bit higher and received the ball to bounce, utilizing her top. She served the third recreation at love and was up 30-Zero within the fifth however her rhythm was disturbed when she needed to replay some extent following a debatable name.
Captain Ankita Bhambri had an argument with the chair umpire and all this affected Karman, who served two double faults to drop the serve. Trailing 1-Four, Karman received one break again with a well-constructed level.
It was necessary to not lose serve from there on however she misplaced it at love, permitting Diyas to serve out the match within the subsequent.