India downs Hong Kong 2-1 to save relegation

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New Delhi, Feb 2 (UNI) Boosted by the return of Sania Mirza, India downed Hong Kong 2-1 in the Federation Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I relegation play-off here today.

The Indians have thus manged to fight-off relegation, finishing seventh in the eight-team Group I.

India grabbed the lead after Shikha Uberoi defeated Yang Zi-Jun 6-1, 7-6 in the first singles. But Isha Lakhani lost to Zhang Ling in the second rubber to level the scores.

Sania then teamed up with Sunitha Rao to beat the Hong Kong pair of Yang Zi-jun and Zhang Ling 7-6, 6-2 in the deciding doubles match.

This was the first victory for India in this tournament after earlier losses to Indonesia (1-2), New Zealand (1-2) and Australia (0-3) in Pool A.

Hong Kong have now been relegated to Group II.

Meanwhile, in other matches, Uzbekistan registered a 2-1 victory over New Zealand to earn promotion to Group II.

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