Former World No. 1 Sania Mirza was back in action for India at the Fed Cup, teaming up with Ankita Raina for their second doubles win in three days as India defeated South Korea 2-1 to remain in contention for a spot in the Fed Cup playoffs.
India started the Fed Cup Asia Oceania Group I event with a 3-0 loss to top seeds China, then beat Uzbekistan 3-0 and now South Korea 2-1. After India and South Korea split the singles on Thursday, Mirza and Ankita Raina defeated Na-Lae Han and Na Ri Kim 6-4, 6-4.
India will now play Chinese Taipei on Friday and Indonesia on Saturday. Speaking to The Gulf News, Mirza commented, "The idea is to stay positive at all times. Today was tough because we were up against a clever pair. South Korea has some legitimate tennis players and we all knew that it was never going to be easy.
From the start I had to stay focused and keep Ankita positive at all times. We were in difficult positions for quite a few times, but it was our attitude that pulled us out of these corners." China currently lead the standings with a record of 9-0 after three days followed by Indonesia, India and South Korea with identical 5-4 records.
Chinese Taipei are in fifth with 3-6, while Uzbekistan are last with a 0-9 record. Mirza says the team knows what they have to do to make it to the play-offs, where the Top 2 from the six countries from here will qualify. "We all know what we’ve got to do from now on.
It will be one encounter at a time. We have Chinese Taipei and Indonesia and nothing but wins on the next two days will help us. We have a legitimate chance of making it through to the play-offs”.