Fed Cup experience will help me on Tour, says Ankita Raina
After taming higher-ranked players in her unbeaten singles run within the Fed Cup, nation’s high singles participant Ankita Raina is assured that she will return to the Pro circuit a lot richer, by way of experience.
Having performed and received towards players corresponding to Yuliya Putintseva, who’s ranked 81 however was 27 final 12 months, and China’s world quantity 120 Lin Zhu, the 25-year-old was an image of confidence.
“I played some good matches, it adds to my experience. All the matches were challenging in a different way. The biggest challenge was to recover for doubles after playing singles and then again remain ready for the next singles,” Ankita, who beat Chieh-Yu Hsu to help India stay in Group I, mentioned.
Ankita mentioned small issues made an enormous distinction to her outcomes as there was a coach to help her recuperate quick and she didn’t want to fret about arranging meals and courts for observe.
Talking about her at this time’s marathon match, which lasted virtually three hours, Ankita mentioned she was glad that she might pull it off.
“The court was slower and it worked to her advantage. It was tough. The level of players were completely different in first two days and today she was completely different. Both of us kept changing the tactics. I had to grind it out. In third set, I understood that there was no point rallying, so I went for my shots,” she mentioned.
“I also came to the net, which I usually don’t do,” mentioned Ankita, who will return to the Pro circuit from subsequent month.
Ankita was additionally all reward for her youthful colleague Karman Kaur Thandi, who gave India a 1-Zero lead by profitable her singles on Saturday.
“Karman showed some nerves in first tie-breaker. She did a good job. It was important that she won,” she mentioned.
India captain Ankita Bhambri was “relieved” that the match resulted in two singles.
“I was very anxious. The Chinese Taipei players are solid in doubles. I am relieved,” mentioned Bhambri, who guided the senior Fed Cup group for the primary time.
Bhambri was fairly candid and trustworthy in admitting that typically players might discover it tough to simply accept inputs from somebody who will not be coaching them on common foundation.
“They can find the tips and tactics not helpful but eventually we pulled it off. It was a team work.”