Support the girls currently in the team, those emerging will be ready in no time, says Vishal Uppal

Support the girls currently in the team, those emerging will be ready in no time, says Vishal Uppal

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Fed Cup captain Vishal Uppal has reflected on India’s performance saying that if the girls in the current team are supported, the emerging players will flourish in a few years. He also complimented Ankita Raina for her remarkable performance in the Fed cup, calling her the No.1 player.

India had won against Thailand but were defeated by Kazakhstan and Korea as they finished fourth in the Fed Cup at Astana, Kazakhstan. The Indian tennis team consisted of Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Mahak Jain, Riya Bhatia, Prarthana G. Thombare and captain Vishal Uppal. 

The Fed Cup captain mentioned that the robust national circuit will look for potential emerging players and groom them into world-class players. He further added that India needs a long term vision while taking care of the present team. 

“What we need to do is to support the girls currently on the team and also those who are emerging and will be ready in a few years’ time. We need to ensure enough opportunities for our girls to compete at the international level and gain valuable experience,” Uppal told PTI.

“This is the highest we have finished in the past few years, which shows the girls are improving and are believing in themselves a lot more. The depth is getting better and new talent is emerging. There is a lot of healthy competition and we have a lot of girls challenging each other to get better and stay ahead of the pack."

India had won the matches against Thailand 2-1 where Ankita Raina won both her singles and doubles game against her counterparts. Raina combined with Karman Kaur to defeat Thailand in the doubles match for India in the Asia/Oceania Group I of the Fed Cup. 

“Ankita did very well. She is our no 1 player and played her heart out in every match. More importantly she showed signs of a good team leader as she was supporting everyone through their matches even though she had to prepare for her own matches. I am optimistic this girl can break into the top-100 of the world by the end of 2019,” the Fed Cup captain said.

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