New Zealand and the Philippines square off with plenty at stake in Fed Cup

Friday, 07 February 2020

New Zealand and the Philippines are through to Saturday’s final at the Asia Oceania Group 2 Fed Cup tournament in Wellington.

Both countries have gone through Group play unbeaten and will clash to decide which country is promoted to Asia Oceania Group 1 for 2020.

Captain Marina Erakovic says they’ve ticked the first box.

“To be honest I haven’t thought much about winning or promotion and I just want to make sure the girls are in a good frame of mind.” Erakovic said.

“It’s simple math, we thought Thailand was really strong so Philippines must be stronger so it’s going to be a challenge.” Erakovic said.

The Philippines booked their place in the final with a 3-0 win over Turkmenistan while New Zealand who were already through to the decider, swept past Singapore 3-0.

Valentina Ivanov put New Zealand one up with a 6-1 6-1 victory in 55 minutes over Sarah Pang before Kiwi number one Paige Hourigan won by the same score over Izabella Tan.

Emily Fanning and Erin Routliffe teamed up to win the doubles rubber 6-0 6-0 over Pang and Tammy Tan. Erakovic felt her players played very well.

“Quite convincing wins today and Paige played a lot better than she did yesterday and Val picked up after a slow start while out doubles girls were very good.” Erakovic said.

Saturday’s final gets underway at Midday.

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