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SA’s Fed Cup campaign starts with tough task against hosts Estonia
- Updated: February 4, 2015
South Africa’s Fed Cup team have been bracketed with hosts Estonia for their BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group II tennis event which gets underway in Tallinn on Wednesday.
Other teams that new team captain Earl Grainger’s girls will face in Pool A are Bosnia and Herzegovina and Egypt. Their first match is against Egypt.
Pool B will be made up for Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Slovenia.
Highest WTA ranked player in the four-day competition is Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi (No48), South Africa’s Chani Scheepers (83rd) and Slovenia’s Polona Hercog (88th).
South Africa are bidding for promotion to the Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2016.
Said captain Grainger: ‘It’s very cold here, the facilities are great, the teams are extremely tough too and two teams namely Estonia and Slovenia are a bit stronger than us – but that’s only on paper. We have drawn the hosts Estonia in our group alongside Egypt and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This group is real tough.’
Grainger said that having Scheepers in the South African line up was a boost for the South African chances. ‘Chani has been really fantastic since her arrival in Estonia and we had a great training session together with her fellow teammates, the girls have loved having her around and she brings positive professionalism to the team.’
Scheepers is joined by Chanel Simmonds, Ilze Hatting and Michelle Sammons. Simmonds was part of Team SA at the last All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique four years ago.
In the picture are (left to right): Grainger, Scheepers, Hattingh, Sammons and Simmonds. Picture by Allan Karam, Tennis South Africa