Disappointing start for Team SA at Fed Cup

2016-02-03 16:07
Tennis ball (File)

Cape Town - South Africa made a disappointing start to their Fed Cup Euro Africa Group 1 campaign being played in Israel on Wednesday.

Drawn into Pool B with second seeds Great Britain and Georgia, South Africa faced Georgia in their opening tie at the Municipal Tennis Centre in Eilat.

Georgia beat South Africa 3-0 which means that should South Africa have any chance of playing for promotion come the weekend they will have to beat the fancied Great Britain team on Thursday.

Madrie Le Roux, the South African number 2 opened procedures but lost to Georgia number 1, Ekaterine Gergodze 3-6 1-6 in a rubber that lasted 18 minutes short of two hours.

Then it was the turn of South African number 1, Chanel Simmonds against Georgia number 2 Sophia Shapatava.

Ranked some 100 places higher than her opponent at 226, Shapatava played smartly and consistently to  beat Simmonds 7-5 6-4. The victory secured her side the tie win.

In the dead doubles rubber, Ekaterine Gergodze returned to court and together with Keteryna Bondarenko to beat South Africa’s Illze Hattingh and Michelle Sammons 6-4 7-6 (6) and give Georgia the clean sweep.

On Thursday South Africa play a strong Great Britain who is captained by Judy Murray, mother of Andy Murray.

South Africa will be relieved that the British number one Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the tournament due to intestinal problems. Konta is one of the rising stars of world tennis having just reached the semifinals of the Australian open losing to eventual winner Angelique Kerber.

Day 1 results

Georgia beat South Africa 3-0


Ekaterine Gorgodze (Geo) bt Madrie Le Roux (RSA) 6-3 6-1

Sofia Shapatava (Geo) bt Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 7-5 6-4


Ekaterine Gorgodze/Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) bt Ilze Hattingh/Michelle Sammons (RSA) 6-4 7-6 (6)


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