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After Australia, Thailand put it across India

sports Updated: Apr 27, 2011 23:55 IST
Sharmistha Chaudhuri

After a futile Australian outing, Indian juniors lost all hopes of making the quarterfinals of the Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying Junior Fed Cup, as they lost 1-2 to Thailand on Wednesday. Inexperience of playing such a high level of competition did the 14-year-old girls in, yet again.

Snehadevi Reddy, who lost the first tie to Nahathai Khuntaket 6-1, 6-7 (8), 4-6 in a three hour battle, has a strong serve and backhand, but it's her court coverage which needs work.

She must develop her net game as she was mostly undone by her opponent's attacking volleys at crucial junctures.

Then, Tahira Bhatti restored parity as she got the better of Kamonwan Buayam 6-3, 6-3. Her strong serves and solid backhand helped her out at the key moments as most of the unforced errors came from her forehands.

Her topspin forehand can be very affective but unfortunately, she ended up hitting flat more often today.

In the deciding doubles, Tahira and Snehadevi began well winning the first set 6-4. Henceforth, their combined unforced errors cost them the crucial match.

Thai captain extols Indian Express
Thailand captain Thanak Srichaphan is a happy man. "Leander (Paes) is a very good friend. I'm so happy that Leander and Mahesh Bhupathi have gotten back together and again reached the top spot.

"This should be a happy moment for all Asian players!" said Srichaphan.

Incidentally, the former Thailand Davis Cup coach/captain is the oldest brother of Paradorn Srichaphan - the most successful Asian singles tennis player.

"Everyone asks the same question, who next after Paradorn. We have training academies and help from sponsors in trying to develop tennis. Our goal is to find the next Paradorn," stated Thanak.