Indian captain Sania Mirza led from the front as the hosts registered a 2-1 victory over Philippines in the final of the Asia/Oceania group II of the Fed Cup tennis tournament in Hyderabad on Saturday.
India's Prarthana G Thombare defeated Anna Clarice Patrimonio 6-3, 6-1 in the first singles match of the However Ankita Raina was defeated by Katharina Lehnert 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the second singles match.
Sania, who joined the campaign in the doubles match, showed a glimpse of her brilliance by securing a 6-3, 6-3 win for India in the company of Thombare. India now move to the Asia/Oceania Zone group l in 2016.
Courageous Hingis loses
Fifteen-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis made a courageously impressive return to big-time singles tennis in the Fed Cup on Saturday but was eventually outplayed by Agnieszka Radwanska.
Hingis was persuaded to play her first tour-level singles for nearly eight years because of injuries in the Switzerland team for the World Group playoff encounter against Poland.
The 34-year-old brought back memories of her heyday in a thrilling 48-minute first set before capitulating 6-4, 6-0 to World No 9 Radwanska after 76 enjoyable minutes.
Smiling a lot and clearly enjoying the experience of being back in the spotlight against a player with a similarly attractive style, Hingis played some exhilarating tennis early on but her effort eventually took its toll.
Half a step slower in the second set, she could only win 11 points as Radwanska upped her game to give Poland a 1-0 lead in the tie.
What was most eye-catching was the way Hingis fought in the opening set, twice coming back from a break down to level the scores until the pressure exerted by Radwanska finally told.
Hingis, who only plays doubles on tour those days, was making a Fed Cup return for the first time since the 1998 final because she has to play in the competition to qualify for next year's Olympics.