India faltered at the last hurdle as they went down to top seeds Australia 2-1 in the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania zonal final in Seoul.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:40 IST
New Delhi:India faltered at the last hurdle as they went down to top seeds Australia 2-1 in the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania zonal final in Seoul. Shikha Uberoi put India ahead with a 6-3 6-2 win in the first singles over 21-year old and world number 179 Casey Dell'acqua who was playing in her maiden Fed Cup tie. But the Aussies pulled level as Sania Mirza, world ranked 40, went down 6-4 6-2 to Samantha Stosur, who is ranked 17 places below her rival, in the second singles. Twenty-two-year old Stosur, ranked number one in the doubles, then combined with Rennae Stubbs to beat Sania and Shikha 7-6 (4) 6-2 in the deciding doubles rubber. Australia go through to the World Group 2 play-off in July this year while India remain in Group 1 of the Asia-Oceania zone. (PTI)