The South African Fed Cup team scored an impressive 3-0 win over Denmark on Wednesday in their opening Tie of the Fed Cup Euro/Africa Group II tournament being played in Cairo Egypt.
South African Captain, John Laffnie De Jager described the win as a “dream start” to their tough pool A three tie round robin Fed Cup campaign and gave full credit to his team. “The conditions were real tough and the start of play was delayed by over two hours due to a massive sand storm.
“The clay was blowing all over the show but our team kept their composure and clinched the Tie and gave us a dream start here in Egypt,” said Laffnie.
Fed Cup debutant, Ilze Hattingh gave South Africa a 1-0 lead when she upset Danish number 1, Mai Grage 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-0. The fifteen year-old African Junior Champion was a class act on the clay and was never intimidated by her more experienced opponent.
It was then the experienced Natalie Grandin who clinched the victory for South Africa with her 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 win over the Danish number 2, Karen Barbat. Grandin then returned to court and teamed up with junior Madrie le Roux to beat Mai Grage and Cecilie Melsted 7-5 6-3 to score a clean sweep for South Africa.
South Africa seen to have the Danish number. The two nations have met five times in Fed Cup competition with South Africa leading head to head 4-1 and all the South African victories being on clay.
South Africa now face Finland on Thursday.
Results of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribus Euro / Africa Tie, South Africa vs Denmark played at the Golf El Solaimaneyah Club, Cairo Egypt:Singles: Ilze Hattingh (RSA) bt Mai Grage (Den) 7-6(7-4) 5-7 6-0 Natalie Grandin (RSA) bt Karen Barbat (Den) 7-6(7-2) 6-4
Doubles: Natalie Grandin/Madrie le Roux (RSA) bt Mai Grage/Cecilie Melsted (Den) 7-5 6-3
South Africa bt Denmark 3-0