Updated: March 5, 2020 9:54:01 am
Rutuja Bhosale recorded a come-from-behind win before country’s number one player Ankita Raina won the second singles as India secured the Fed Cup tie against Uzbekistan by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead here on Wednesday.
Rutuja erased a one-set deficit to defeat Akgul Amanmuradova 2-6 6-2 7-5 in the opening singles to put India ahead.
Bouncing back from the narrow defeat against China’s Qiang Wang, Ankita regrouped to humble Sabina Sharipova 7-5 6-1 to seal the tie in India’s favour in one hour and 34 minutes.
It was the sixth meeting between the two players with Ankita winning only the second time.
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After trading breaks twice, the first set was on serve and Sharipova was serving to stay in the set in the 12th game. She began by a double fault and Ankita pounced on the opportunity to put pressure on her rival.
She finally converted her third set point to take the lead.
The second set was one-sided with Ankita zooming to a 4-1 lead with a double break.
India had lost 0-3 to China on the opening day of the competition on Tuesday.
India will next take on Korea on Thursday. The top-two teams in the six-team competition will qualify for the Fed Cup Pay-offs, to be held in April.
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