Nonthaburi (Thailand): India`s campaign at the Fed Cup turned worst as it was relegated to Group II of
the Asia/Oceania Zone after losing the play-off tie 1-2 to Chinese Taipei here on Saturday.
Last year, India had competed in the bottom division but
had won all three ties -- against Singapore, Malaysia and
Kyrgyzstan -- without losing a rubber to gain promotion.
However, India failed to keep its place in Group I this
time and will strive yet again in 2012 to earn promotion.
Sania Mirza, who won two of her three singles matches
despite a hamstring problem, did not take field today and both
Ashvarya Srivastava and Poojashree Venkatesha lost their
Ashvarya lost 3-6, 3-6 Ting-Fei Juan in the opening
singles and then Poojashree went down fighting 5-7 1-6 against
The pair of Srivastava and Rushmi Chakravathi combined to
win the inconsequential doubles rubber 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) against
Juan and Yui-Lynn Miao at National Tennis Centre.
India had lost to China, Uzbekistan and Thailand at the
Group stage and finished at the bottom in four-team Pool A.
India`s best Fed Cup performance came in 2006, when it
ended as runners-up in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I.