India's Fed Cup captain Vishal Uppal says that he hopes that the team's qualification for the Fed Cup play-offs in April will inspire the next generation of women's tennis players in India. India finished second in the Fed Cup Asia Oceania Group I tie in Dubai to qualify for the Fed Cup playoffs in April where they will meet Latvia pn April 17-18.
China finished first among the six nations and will meet Netherlands in another play-off. Speaking to Gulf News, Uppal commented, “The fact is that there are many more youngsters back home at the moment who are waiting to break into the main scheme of things for India.
Hence, this win tonight was important to ensure these youngsters can get the necessary inspiration from this squad. At this moment I am lost for words, but we do realise that this is such a historic moment for tennis and sports in India.
We have achieved something that we have never been able to do in so many years, and all credit to these girls here." Uppal said Sania Mirza, the former World No. 1 doubles star, was the player who made the difference not only with her on court performances but also her off court positivity.
"She [Sania] made the difference finally, not only because we won those two tight doubles against Chinese Taipei and Indonesia, but also with her positivity. She is fit now and she brought a new sense of belief that we can do it despite starting off with a loss against China.
Every day when we were against the wall, Sania gave us the belief that nothing is over and done till the end. And eventually we achieved what we came here for”. This is the best performance by India in the Fed Cup. They will still need two more wins to qualify for the 2021 Fed Cup Finals.
“The play-offs are still more than a month away. All the members of the squad will disperse now and then re-assemble depending on the travel situation to Latvia. But for the time-being, it is time to just celebrate and enjoy this moment. We have all worked hard to be here, and we truly deserve this."