Third easy outing for India on the trot
India’s Fed Cup campaign of making the Asia/Oceania Group I stage for 2013 remained on track as they thrashed Turkmenistan 3-0 at the Shenzhen Luohu Tennis Centre, China, on Wednesday.
India have beaten Oman and Iran by the same margin in the Asia/Oceania Group II round robin stage and sit atop Pool B. They might still need to beat Philippines in their remaining round robin tie to make the promotional play off where winners of Pool A and B will play on Saturday.
Rutuja Bhosale, who had to fight a tough battle on Tuesday, thrashed Ummarahmat Hummetova 6-2, 6-0 in the first rubber before compatriot Prerna Bhambri defeated Anastasiya Prenko 6-1, 6-3 in the second.
The doubles was a cakewalk as Bhambri and Isha Lakhani combined forces to gift Guljan Muhammetkuliyeva and Jenneta Halliyeva a double bagel. Results: India 3 Turkmenistan 0.
Rutuja Bhosale bt Ummarahmat Hummetova 6-2, 6-0; Prerna Bhambri bt Anastasiya Prenko 6-1, 6-3; Prerna Bhambri/Isha Lakhani bt Guljan Muhammetkuliyeva/Jenneta Halliyeva 6-0, 6-0.
Wozniacki parts company with coach
Copenhagen: Former women’s world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has parted company with her Spanish coach Ricardo Sanchez after only two months of collaboration, the Ekstra Bladet daily reported on Wednesday.
The decision, announced by Wozniacki’s father and confirmed by Sanchez, comes after her elimination in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, which saw her fall to fourth place in the WTA ranking.
“We decided to evaluate the collaboration and we agreed to bring it to an end,” Piotr Wozniacki said. Sanchez said that the decision was due to his differences with Wozniacki’s father, who had been the Dane’s only coach. “She was just confused by having two coaches who wanted different things,” he said.