9 Feb 2018

Sport: Pacific Oceania advance to Fed Cup promotion match

12:12 pm on 9 February 2018

Pacific Oceania will play-off against Singapore for promotion in the Fed Cup tennis competition after topping their pool in Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two.

The composite team swept Malaysia to finish with a perfect 9-0 record across their three pool matches.

Samoa's Steffi Carruthers edged two tiebreaks and came from a break down to beat Theiviya Selvarajoo 7-6 7-6 in the first singles rubber.

Samoan tennis player Steffi Carruthers.

Steffi Carruthers won a close singles rubber before combining with Abigail Tere-Apisah in the doubles. Photo: Facebook / Tennis Samoa Inc

Abigail Tere-Apisah from Papua New Guinea eased past Suhana Sofia 6-2 6-0 in the second match before the pair combined to win the doubles 6-4 6-2.

As top qualifiers in Pool C, Pacific Oceania will take on Pool B winners Singapore in Saturday's semi finals, which double as a play-off for promotion to Group One.

It will be the third straight year the teams have squared off, with Pacific Oceania prevailing 3-0 in both 2015 and 2017.

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