India will likely be travelling to Jurmala, close to Riga, for the April 16-17 tie in opposition to a crew that includes former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and former world No. 11 Anastasija Sevastova.
The Baltic nation very practically pulled off an upset in opposition to the USA of their World Group Qualifier in early 2020 when Sevastova handed Serena Williams her first ever defeat within the competitors. The US clinched the decisive doubles rubber to prevail 3-2.
Radhika, who has been appointed coach of the crew, believed that the Indian crew had the stability and depth to present itself a preventing probability in what will likely be their playoff debut.
“It’s a good group, I’m assured concerning the crew. All the ladies are good in singles and doubles, we’ve got quite a lot of choices,” Radhika, 39, stated.
Radhika, whose lone look within the girls’s crew competitors got here in a 3-0 blanking of Kazakhstan in 2000, has earlier guided the Indian junior crew as nicely.
“It’s one thing a coach goals of, very similar to a participant,” an excited Radhika stated of her function with the Indian crew.
The Indian aspect will likely be spearheaded by doubles star Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina. The large-serving Karman Kaur Thandi, Rutuja Bhosale and Zeel Desai are the opposite members of the crew with Riya Bhatia as reserve.
Radhika will get an opportunity to formally work together with the gamers throughout a camp, anticipated to be on April 7-8 in Delhi, previous to their departure to Latvia.
In fact, she is aware of them individually. Ankita and Rutuja are from Pune and he or she had performed and gained a junior doubles occasion in Philippines with Sania.
“Sania being there and never being there’s a enormous distinction. Her presence is certainly an added motivation for the ladies,” Radhika stated.
Zeel has been named within the enjoying group forward of Riya, who’s ranked a lot larger. However Radhika, who had watched the Ahmedabad lady throughout the ITF occasion in Pune earlier this month, was assured of the 22-year-old doing nicely, ought to he get an opportunity to step on the courtroom.
“Zeel is just not a newcomer, she has been a terrific junior and performed the (junior) Grand Slams,” the coach stated.
Radhika acknowledged that her familiarity with crew captain Vishaal Uppal, a former Davis Cupper, will assist her ease into the brand new function easily.
“Vishaal has been travelling with them (for earlier ties). I’m a type of a rookie in that regard,” she stated.
“We now have performed males’s and ladies’s tournaments collectively, we gained the senior nationals (in numerous age-categories) the identical week,” she talked about.