TENNIS NEWS - South Africa's Fed Cup team suffered a setback on the opening day of their Euro/Africa Group II event, registering a 2-1 defeat to tournament hosts Luxembourg, at the National Tennis Centre in Esch-sur-Alzette on Wednesday night.
In a dominant performance from the home nation, Eleonora Molinaro eased passed Theresa van Zyl, winning 6-1 6-2, where the local lass dictated first service points.
South African No 1, Chanel Simmonds, went down 6-1 6-1 to Mandy Minella, in the later singles match.
However, the experienced duo of Simmonds and Madrie le Roux brought respectability back for the visitors and the score margin with a masterclass 6-1 6-2 victory over Laura Correia and Claudine Schaul in the doubles rubber.
Team captain Rene Plant remained positive ahead of the upcoming games. “It wasn’t quite the start we wanted but we managed to get some points on the board.