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Australia hand India a thrashing

India were relegated to Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group II after top seeds...

India were relegated to Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group II after top seeds Australia blanked them 3-0 in their third and final Group I match here.

After successive defeats to Indonesia and New Zealand in Pool A, India were once again missing Sania Mirza as Australia gave them a sound thrashing.

Isha Lakhani started the proceedings for the Indians and wasted a one-set lead to go down 6-3, 4-6, 1-6 against Jessica Moore. Sunitha Rao was next, but the US-based player was swept aside 3-6, 5-7 by Casey Dellacqua. The 2-0 Aussie lead made the doubles tie inconsequential, but the top seeds were in no mood to concede even an inch as Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs beat Sunitha and Shikha Uberoi 7-6 (2), 6-0 to complete the rout.

In the other group matches, Taiwan defeated Thailand 3-0, New Zealand blanked Indonesia 3-0 and Uzbekistan thrashed Hong Kong 2-1.

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First published on: 01-02-2008 at 11:35:42 pm
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