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21 April 2012

Europe/Africa Zone Group II: Saturday


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CAIRO, EGYPT: Turkey and Georgia have won promotion to Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I after they were victorious against South Africa and Montenegro respectively in the promotion play-offs on Saturday.

Georgia were the first nation to book their promotion as they won both their singles rubbers in straight sets. Sofia Shapatava maintained her perfect record for the week when she saw off Vladica Babic in 1 hour 9 minutes. Their position was then confirmed when Anna Tatishvili defeated Danka Kovinic 62 62. When Georgia compete in Zone Group I next year it will be the first time since 2008 at that level.

Turkey were forced to play for their place in Zone Group II last year when they defeated Morocco in the relegation play-off but have completed quite a turnaround as they bounced back from defeat to Georgia yesterday to win their promotion tie against South Africa.

The South African side were entering the tie unbeaten this week but never got going in today’s most important tie. Pemra Ozgen got Turkey off to the perfect start when she defeated Ilze Hattingh 64 62. Nathalie Grandin put up a fight at the start of the second rubber taking a set from Cagla Buyukakcay but it was not to be their day as the Turkish No.1 roared back to come away victorious, 26 62 64.

The relegation play-offs were also both decided at the end of the singles rubbers with Norway and Denmark consigned to Europe/Africa Zone Group III in 2013. Emma Laine and Piia Suomalainen were the heroines for Finland against Norway while Denmark were relegated at the hands of Latvia’s Liga Dekmeijere and Diana Marcinevica.

Click the link below for more information about Europe/Africa Zone Group II, including individual results from each tie.

Europe/Africa Zone Group II

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