SA stopped at final hurdle

2012-04-21 19:19

Johannesburg - South Africa will remain in Group II of the Euro-Africa division in next year's Fed Cup after they went down 2-0 against Turkey in a playoff tie in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday.

The South Africans had gone unbeaten in the Group II tournament, storming to the top of their pool, but lost against the Turks in both singles matches in the promotion playoff.

Teenager Ilze Hattingh, who turns 16 on Sunday, lost her first rubber of the week to Pemra Ozgen, going down 4-6, 2-6, while Cagla Buyulkakcay fought back from a set down to beat veteran Natalie Grandin 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The SA team, missing their top-ranked players, included three debutants in Hattingh and fellow teenagers Madrie Le Roux and Lyn Kiro.

"I am extremely proud of my girls," said SA captain John-Laffnie de Jager.

"They came into the tournament unseeded then won three ties on the trot without losing a rubber and in the final playoff Tie fell to a powerful Turkish side."

De Jager said his young squad had learned a lot from their week, despite failing to reach Group I for the first time since 2006.

"This week was excellent experience for the new caps and Natalie was an incredible leader from the front," he said.

"Natalie without doubt needs to be credited for her ongoing commitment to tennis in South Africa.

"She plays with heart and is so proudly South African."

Read more on:    tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.