South Africa’s Fed Cup team faces a relegation battle this weekend, after being handed a crushing 3-0 defeat by Pool B favourites Great Britain at the Euro-Africa Group 1 tournament in Eilat, Israel on Thursday.
Teenager Ilze Hattingh and teammate Chanel Simmonds went down in straight sets to British players Katie Swan and Heather Watson in the singles rubbers.
Madrie le Roux and Michelle Sammons were defeated by Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith in the doubles contest, with their opponents securing a 3-0 victory.
Following their 3-0 loss to unseeded Georgia in their opening tie on Wednesday, the national women’s squad finished bottom of their pool after turning out in the top-flight continental division for the first time in 10 years.
They will compete again on Saturday, meeting the outfit that ends last in Pool D, in an effort to retain their place in Group 1 of the international team competition.