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- Updated: May 8, 2011
The South African Fed Cup women’s team had a fourth victory in the Europe/Africa Group III tennis competition in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.
After wins against Algeria, Lithuania and Montenegro the team comprising of Natalie Grandin, Chanel Simmonds, Natasha Fourouclas and Madrie le Roux successfully forged their way through the round robin stage of the tournament to face off against host team, Egypt, for a place in next years Europe /Africa Group II.
The experienced Natalie Grandin started off the tie with a comfortable 6-1 6-1 victory over Mayar Sherif. Up and coming star Chanel Simmonds then took to the court and dispatched of Magy Aziz 6-2 6-1.
With the tie being decided 2-0, Natasha Fourouclas and Madrie le Roux went up against Mai El Kamash and Mayar Sherif in the doubles rubber. The South African duo won the closely contested match 7-5 4-6 and 10-6 in the deciding third set championship tie break giving South Africa the 3-0 victory over the hosts.
The South African team captain, Greer Leo-Smith said that she valued the contribution made by each of the South African players and that her team had excelled in particular Natalie and Chanel who had played some great matches during the week, coming through every time.
ÔÇ£It has been great having Natalie on the team. She has shared her experience with the younger players both on and off the court and with her help we achieved what we set out to do with our young team.ÔÇØ Leo-Smith continued.