Sania Mirza Named in India's Fed Cup Squad



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Sania Mirza Named in India's Fed Cup Squad

Former World No. 1 in doubles Sania Mirza has been named in India's Fed Cup squad for the first time in four years. Mirza last plated in the Fed Cup in 2016 and has not played the last two years as she gave birth to her first child.

She is expected to play her first tournament in more than two years in HObart in January with current World No. 38, Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok. Before taking a break, Sania won 3 Grand Slam titles in the women's doubles event and 3 in the mixed doubles event and also won the season-ending WTA Finals with Martina Hingis.

The squad also features India's No. 1 singles player Ankita Raina (ranked No. 180 in the world), Riya Bhatia (No. 379), Ruruja Bhosale (466) and Karma Kaur Thandi (568). The captain of the team will be Davis Cupper Vishal Uppal while former Fed Cup player for India Ankita Bhambri will be the coach of the side.

Sowjnaya Bavisetti has been named the reserve player for the squad. India will be competing in the Asia/Oceania Group I, which is scheduled to be held at 4-8 February 2020 at the Dongguan Tennis Centre in Dongguan, China. The other teams competing are Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, China, Korea Republic an Uzbekistan.

The event will be a round-robin format of one pool with all six teams. The teams finishing in 1st and 2nd place will be promoted while teams finishing in 5th and 6th place will be relegated.