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Turkey topple SA
- Updated: April 22, 2012
Our women’s tennis team have fallen at the final hurdle of their bid for Fed Cup promotion after being beaten by Turkey in the play-off tie in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday.
This means that South Africa stay put in Group II of the Euro-Africa division next year. Until Saturday, they’d gone unbeaten and topped their pool.
But the Turks proved too tough a task and lost 2-0 as the singles encounters proved unsuccessful. Ilze Hatttingh would have loved to have celebrated her 16th birthday on Sunday with victory but went down to Pemra Ozgen, 6-4 6-2 and then the seasoned Natalie Grandin went down in three sets to Cagla Buyuklakcay 6-2 2-6 4-6.
But the SA team who were without their top-ranked players, can hold their heads high, with both Hattingh and Madrie Le Roux both still having many years ahead still as teenagers.
With 31-year-old Grandin’s experience being invaluable for the youngsters they are sure to go from strength to strength in years to come.
“What a great week this Fed Cup has been, really enjoyed my time with the team. A great bunch of girls! Off to Stuttgart I go! Thanks for the support everyone,” said Grandin after the competition.