Billie Jean King Cup 2024: India Beat Chinese Taipei 2-1, To Face South Korea Next

The Indian women’s tennis team beat Chinese Taipei 2-1 in its third Billie Jean King Cup 2024 Asia/Oceania Group I tie.
Indian women's tennis team at Billie Jean King Cup 2024

Indian women's tennis team at Billie Jean King Cup 2024

Photo : Ankita Raina on X
The Indian women’s tennis team consisting of Rutuja Bhosale, Prarthana Thombare and Ankita Raina beat Chinese Taipei 2-1 in its third Billie Jean King Cup 2024 Asia/Oceania Group I tie at the Moon Island Clay Park in Changsha, China on Thursday.
After both India and Chinese Taipei won one singles match each, the doubles clash turned out to be the decider. The duo of Prarthana Thombare and Ankita Raina won the doubles contest to sway the tie in India’s favour.
It was Rutuja Bhosale, ranked 379th in the world, who gave India a winning start by beating Hao-Ching Chang 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 21 minutes.
However, world No. 255 Ankita Raina, who is India’s best-placed tennis player in the WTA singles world rankings, lost the second singles match 6-2 4-6 4-6 to En Shuo Liang, Chinese Taipei’s top singles card at world No. 289.
When it came to the decisive doubles rubber, both teams fielded their strongest possible combinations.
India opted for Ankita and Prarthana Thombare, who is India’s best-ranked doubles player at world No. 154 while the Chinese Taipei team fielded Chang and Liang.
In the decider, Raina and Thombare lost the first set to Chang-Liang but fought back to level the scores in the second set and took the match into a super tie-breaker.
After a neck-to-neck battle, the Indian tennis players eventually won the match 4-6, 6-1, 15-13 and sealed the tie.
The win lifted India to the third spot in the six-team Asia/Oceania Group I standings with two wins from three ties. South Korea are first while hosts China are second.
India need to finish in the top two to earn qualification to the play-offs while a bottom-two finish in the six-team group will see them relegated to Group II for next season.
The Indian women’s tennis team will face table-toppers South Korea next in the Billie Jean King Cup 2024 tournament.
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