SHENZHEN, CHINA: India’s 15 year-old sensation Rutuja Bhosale easily dispatched Philippines’ Tamitha Nguyen 62 63 in Pool B of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group II event on Friday.
The child prodigy and tennis hope of a nation paced India’s 3-0 sweep and its relentless march into tomorrow’s finals against Hong Kong, China here at the Luohu Tennis Club.
New star rising
Bhosale, who was quite literally dropped onto the doorstep of the India National Team two years ago, has risen out of the hotly contested youth tournament circuit in New Delhi and has energized the India women’s tennis programme like no one since the great Sania Mirza. The bi-speckled Bhosale was truly on her game in Friday’s brisk morning air and never trailed.
Coupled with a win from singles teammate Prena Bhambri, who fought off the Philippines’ Anna Clarice Patrimonio 63 46 61, and yet another straight set doubles win with Mirza and Iska Lakhani defeating Nguyen and Patrimonio 60 61, India seemed more than ready to take on Hong Kong in Saturday’s finals.
The hills are alive!
With the hills of Hong Kong looming in the distance, Hong Kong’s Wing Yau Venise Chan easily handled Kyrgyzstan’s Inna Volkovich 60 60 but was stymied in the second rubber with Bermet Duvanaeva of Kyrgyzstan upending Hong Kong’s Ling Zhang 63 46 61.
It all came down to the doubles to determine who would face India in the promotion play-off on Saturday, with Hong Kong’s Zhang and teammate Zijun Yang combining for a 60 minute 61 61 blowout of Duvanaeva and Volkovich.
In other competition on Friday, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan 2-1 and Turkmenistan swept Iran 3-0.
In the final round-robin pool standings, Hong Kong topped Pool A with a record of 11-1 in matches, 23-2 in sets and 143-26 in games.
Meanwhile, India topped Pool B with a record of 11-1 in matches, 23-2 in sets and 146-45 in games.
Also on Saturday, Kyrgyzstan will face Philippines, Oman versus Pakistan, Sri Lanka against Iran and Singapore challenging Turkmenistan.
Click the link below for more information about Asia/Oceania Zone Group II, including individual results from each tie.
- Asia/Oceania Zone Group II