Ankita Raina, India’s No. 1 singles participant at 174 in world rankings, was on Thursday drawn to tackle Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion and World No. 52 within the opening singles match.
Within the second singles, Karman Kaur Thandi can be up towards the hosts’ No. 1 Anastasija Sevastova, world ranked 47.
On Saturday, Ankita will conflict with Sevastova earlier than Karman locks horns with Ostapenko. The doubles tie, if required, will characteristic Sania Mirza and Ankita towards Diana Marcinkevica and Daniela Vismane.
“We’re fairly excited. We now have bought the draw we needed with our No. 1 participant going up first,” Indian captain Vishaal Uppal stated through the postdraw on-line media interplay.
The tie can be performed on indoor sluggish laborious courts of the Lielupe Tennis Centre.
The previous Davis Cupper provided a tongue-in-cheek “Thanks” to the Latvians for selecting laborious, which, even in keeping with Sevastova, “can be good for the Indian staff.”
However Uppal emphasised that greater than the floor, it’s the absence of followers – due to the Covid protocols – that can be a significant component.
“The truth that there can be no dwelling assist provides us a barely higher likelihood,” he stated.
“That is the primary time we’ve reached this stage (playoffs) and simply the stress that the house crowd can placed on us isn’t going to be there. We can be somewhat extra comfy, realizing that 5,000 or 7,000 persons are not going to be screaming at us.”
Friday’s schedule (8.30 pm IST begin): Ankita Raina vs Jelena Ostapenko adopted by Karman Thandi vs Anastasija Sevastova