Sania Mirza, Ankita Raina to guide India in Billie Jean King Cup World Group Play-offs towards Latvia

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Sania Mirza

New Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Veteran participant Sania Mirza and the nation’s greatest singles participant Ankita Raina will lead India within the subsequent month’s Billie Jean King Cup World Group Play-offs away tie towards Latvia because the AITA named a five-member staff on Tuesday for the match.

The five-member staff additionally has Karman Kaur Thandi, younger Zeel Desai, who’s making regular progress, and Rutuja Bhosale.

The All India Tennis Affiliation (AITA) choice committee picked the staff after a digital assembly on Tuesday.

Riya Bhatia, who was a taking part in member final yr, would be the reserve participant of the staff, which will likely be captained by Vishal Uppal.

The 2-day away tie will likely be performed from April 16 on the indoor laborious courts on the Nationwide Tennis Centre, Lielupe, Jurmala.

India had certified for the World Group Play-offs for the primary time after ending second within the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, held in Dubai in March 2020 whereas Latvia misplaced 2-Three to USA of their group.

The tie will likely be a tricky take a look at for the Indians as Latvia are anticipated to be led by former French Open champion and world quantity 53 Jelena Ostapenko together with 2018 US Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova, who’s ranked 56 now however was positioned 11th in February 2018.

They’d run Serena-Williams led USA shut within the Qualifiers tie final yr.

India’s hopes will lie on Ankita, who has a knack for punching above her weight, and seasoned Sania’s expertise.

The World Group Play-offs of the match, beforehand often called Fed Cup, have been postponed twice earlier because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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