Taiwan face ouster with singles losses

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Taipei Times
Date: Apr 24, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter

Taiwan were on the brink of relegation in their Fed Cup World Group II playoff against

Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky stumbles yesterday in her Fed Cup semi-final against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the Chizhovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus. Photo: Reuters

Italy on Saturday, as the visitors lost both opening singles rubbers to fall to a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five match at the Circolo Tennis in Barletta, Italy.

In a marathon first singles rubber that lasted five minutes short of three hours, Italian world No. 221 Martina Trevisan rallied from a set down to defeat world No. 298 Lee Ya-hsuan 2-6, 6-3, 12-10.

Both players converted 11 of 18 break points, but the Italian managed to conjure up 33 winners to Lee’s 16 to edge a tight opening battle.

“I have never played in a match with so many breaks of serve — that was a first time,” Lee told the Fed Cup Web site. “The wind wasn’t really much of a problem and I made too many errors, but my fitness was okay. I wasn’t having any problems, even though it was a long match.”    [FULL  STORY]

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