Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
3 Feb 2016
3:51 pm

Fed Cup team crushed by Georgia

Wesley Botton

The national women's tennis squad lost 3-0 in their opening Pool B encounter.

Fed Cup captain, Earl Grainger giving advice to Michelle Sammons during the Kia SA Fed Cup team open session at the Bedfordview Country Club on January 28, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

The SA Fed Cup team are facing an uphill battle in their bid for promotion, after falling to unseeded Georgia in their first tie of the Euro-Africa Group 1 tournament in Eilat, Israel on Wednesday.

Playing in the top-flight continental division for the first time in 10 years, the national women’s tennis squad lost 3-0 in their opening Pool B encounter.

Madrie le Roux went down in straight sets to Ekaterine Gorgodze before Chanel Simmonds was defeated by Sofia Shapatava in the other singles encounter, also failing to win a set.

Teenager Ilze Hattingh and Michelle Sammons lost to Gorgodze and Oksana Kalashnikova, who earned another straight sets win in the doubles rubber.

South Africa must beat Pool B favourites Great Britain in their next three-match tie on Thursday to have any chance of progressing to the World Group 2 promotion playoffs in April.

Should they lose to the British squad, they will compete in the relegation playoffs on Saturday.