Thailand beat India in Fed Cup opener

Hua Hin (Thailand), Feb 4 (IANS) Thailand got their campaign off to a flying start, outclassing India 3-0 in their Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I opening match at the True Arena Hua Hin here.

In the opening singles match in Pool A, World No.629 Bunyawi Thamchaiwat stunned India’s 399th-ranked Prerna Bhambri 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday.
Thailand’s star player and World No.149 Luksika Kumkhum outclassed world no.307 Ankita Raina 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the second singles to give the hosts a 2-0 lead in the tie.
India failed to stage a comeback as Thailand’s Kamonwan Buayam-Peangtarn Plipuech defeated the Indian combination of Prerna Bhambri and Prarthana G. Thombare 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4 to win the tie 3-0.
The other teams in Pool A are Uzbekistan and Japan. Uzbekistan defeated Japan 2-1.
Pool B comprises Kazakhstan, China, South Korea and Chinese Taipei. Kazakhstan beat South Korea 3-0 while Chinese Taipei defeated China 2-1.