India ready for the Fed Cup challenge with Ankita and Sania in form
DUBAI Ankita Raina red hot form and Sania Mirza The insurance presence will give India a much better chance at the play-offs place when the six teams Fed Cup The competition starts from Tuesday.
Ankita has been in tremendous form since the beginning of the season, winning two ITF singles and so many doubles titles.
She is placed at a career-best 160 in the singles ranking chart but during the Fed Cup the gritty Ankita has always punched above her weight, giving tough times to formidable opponents.
She would be captain Vishal Uppal's biggest weapon apart from multiple-time doubles Grand Slam champion Sania Mirza , who is returning to Fed Cup after four years.
The three-week delay at the start of the tournament due to Coronavirus The outbreak gave Sania the chance to recover from her calf injury that forced her to retire midway through her first women's doubles match at the Australian Open.
Their experience of playing and winning on the big stage will help younger players better manage pressure situations.
I had a good start to the season, so I'm sure I entered the competition. And definitely Sania will inspire us all to do our best. Your advice and suggestions will be more than useful, Ankita admitted.
Riya Bhatia has risen and her newly discovered confidence will be good for the possibilities of India. Karman Kaur Thandi has fallen in the standings after an injury and will be an opportunity for the tall girl in Delhi not only to regain her confidence but also to help the team qualify for the next stage.
India finished fourth in the Asia/Oceania Group I event, but this year they have a realistic opportunity to reach the first two.
With three players in the top 50, China will evaluate more Indian players in the Asia/Oceania Group I competition, where the two best teams will be promoted to the play-offs, which will be held from April 17 to 18.
Qiang Wang (ranked 29), Saisai Zheng (34) and Shuai Zhang (35) form a formidable trio on the Chinese side, which missed the promotion last year after losing 1-2 to host Kazakhstan.
Another side that can annoy India would be Chinese Taipei, which has Su-Wei Hsieh in their ranks
It should not be a problem for India to handle the challenge of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, although Korea has some good rivals for them.
The conditions are good. All the girls are working hard and there was good energy in the team on and off the court. I have my plans ready but I still have to be present depending on the situations that may arise, Uppal said.