24 Jul 2017

Sport: Pacific Oceania avoid Davis Cup relegation

7:09 pm on 24 July 2017

Pacific Oceania have beaten Turkmenistan 2-1 to avoid relegation in the Davis Cup tennis competition.

Tahiti's Heve Kelley dropped the opening singles rubber in three sets, 3-6 6-1 4-6, against Aleksandr Ernepesov but Colin Sinclair kept his unbeaten streak in Sri Lanka alive, rallying from a set down to beat Isa Mammetgulyyev 4-6 6-3 6-2, sending the match to a winner-takes-all decider in the doubles.

Brett Baudinet and Aymeric Mara had not won a match all tournament but delivered when it mattered most, easing to a 6-4 6-1 win.

Meanwhile, Carol Lee earned her first singles victory in the Fed Cup as Pacific Oceania swept Singapore 3-0 in Tajikistan to advance to the fifth place playoff in Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two.

Abigail Tere-Apisah came from a set down to win her singles rubber while Carol Lee and Mayka Zima close out the doubles rubber in three sets.

The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup team in Tajikistan.

The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup team in Tajikistan. Photo: Supplied