India prepared for tough Fed Cup tennis challenge

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New Delhi: On the eve of India’s Fed Cup Asia-Oceania group-1 tennis opener against China at the RK Khanna Stadium Complex here, captain Ankita Bhambri on Tuesday exuded confidence about her team, saying there is more depth in the current set-up.

Ankita at the same time, cautioned the current Indian squad comprising Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Prarthana Thombare and Pranjala Yadlapalli, that the tournament, which concludes on February 10, will not be an easy affair.

“We have both the top singles players in the team, obviously it’s not going to be very easy but I feel they are good enough to give a tough fight to the Chinese players on Wednesday,” Ankita told IANS here.

Asked whether the absence of India’s women’s doubles star Sania Mirza would affect the morale of the side, Ankita said: “Sania is the country’s one of the greatest tennis players, her presence would surely have been a confidence booster.”

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