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SA girls go down 3-0 to Norway in Fed Cup action
- Updated: April 20, 2017
South Africa knew they were in for a tough time at the Fed Cup Euro-Africa Group 2 tournament in Lithuania and so it proved to be.
Manager Earl Grainger’s charges lost 3-0 to an impressive Norway at the Siauliai School of Tennis, in the town of the same name, on Wednesday.
Fed Cup veteran Ulrikke Eikeri has played 26 Fed Cup ties since 2008, and led from the front as she breezed past Chanel Simmonds (who was part of Team SA at the 2011 African Games in Mozambique).
She won 6-3 6-1 in just under an hour to seal the tie for Norway. Earlier Malene Helgo had beaten Ilze Hattingh 6-1 6-1 in the opening rubber.
In the doubles Simmonds teamed up with Madri le Roux (pictured above) and went down 7-6 (1) 6-4 to Astrid Wanja Brune Olsen and Caroline Rohde-Moe.
The results meant Norway failed to drop a set in their 3-0 win.
Of the eight teams battling in Lithuania, two teams will be promoted and two relegated. South Africa face Slovenia and Sweden in their other group matches.