Host Kazakhstan got off to a strong start as it beat Thailand 3-0 without dropping a set in the FedCup Asia-Oceania group-1 tennis tournament on the indoor hard courts here on Wednesday.
With India scheduled to play Thailand on Thursday in the three-team group, the Indian team observed the opener between Kazakhstan and Thailand.
“The first rubber was routine, but the second match got tricky,” India captain Vishaal Uppal said.
Despite Thailand’s lack of players with good ranks, India has to play strong to beat the team.
“Thailand is a tricky team. We are ready for them,” said Vishaal.
It will be a must-win match for Thailand, and that could bring out the best in the team.
“The pressure will be on Thailand as they know that if they lose, they are out. That could make them more dangerous also. We have to focus on executing our plans and we will keep the pressure on our opponents,” Vishaal said.
With Ankita Raina has been playing close to her best, it will be a nice platform for the tall and wiry Karman Thandi to showcase her big game.
“Karman will have to bring her A-game this week. She has big weapons and she needs them to fire with consistency,” said Vishaal.
Overall, India has to keep its nose ahead of Thailand to set up a good contest against the hosts on Friday.
In the other group, China had to sweat more than expected against Pacific Oceania, even though it won 3-0. Korea also won 3-0 against Indonesia.
The results: Kazakhstan bt Thailand 3-0 (Zarina Diyas bt Mananchaya Sanwangkaew 6-1, 6-3; Yullia Putintseva bt Nudnida Luangnam 6-2, 6-3; Anna Danilina & Galina Voskoboeva bt Peangtarn Plipuech & Varunya Wongteanchai 6-3, 6-3).