Prarthana Thombare lost the first singles tie 2-6, 1-6 to Eudice Chang while Ankita Raina lost 4-6, 3-6 to Ling Zhang in the second singles.

But Ankita and Rishika Sunkara pulled back a consolation win for India by winning the doubles 6-2, 6-1 against Kwan Yau Wang and Ho Ching Wu.

Sania Mirza combined with Prarthana Thombare to win the deciding doubles rubber and help India beat New Zealand 2-1 in the last Pool D match in the Asia/Oceania Group II competition in Fed Cup.

Playing her first live match, Sania and Prarthana beat Maria Erakovic and Abigail Guthrie 7-5 6-1 to win and put India atop Pool D.
Prarthana had put India ahead by winning the first singles against Dianne Holland 6-1 6-4.
However, Erakovic, who is world number 32 in doubles, brought her side back in the tie with 6-1 6-2 win over Ankita Raina.
The doubles became crucial and Sania, used all her experience to win it for India.  Now India will play Hong Kong, winner of Group A, on Friday.


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