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Led by veteran Natalie Grandin South Africa’s teenaged women’s tennis team beat Denmark 3-0 on Wednesday in their first match of the Fed Cup Euro-Africa Group II tournament in Cairo, Egypt, writes Mark Etheridge.

It was a windswept day on the clay courts in the desert nation but the South Africans, promoted this season from Group III, swept though in all their singles and doubles encounter.

In the singles matches, 15-year old Ilze Hattingh beat Mai Grage 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 6-0 and 31-year-old team-mate Natalie Grandin then got the better of Karet Barbat 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 in the singles encounters.

In the doubles match Grandin took the court with Madrie le Roux and they overcame Grage and Cecilie Melsted 7-5 6-3.

Next up for South Africa in Pool A are Finland on Thursday as they continue their quest to end in the top two of their pool and play for promotion to the Euro-Africa Group I next season.

“We’re now about to play Finland. It was a good win yesterday in tough conditions, sand storm and all,” Grandin told Road to London 2012. “Was great to start off with a 3-0 win. Hope we can do the same today.”


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