LAHORE    -   Phenomenal Ushna Suhail guided Pakistan women tennis team to a thrilling 2-1 win against Turkmeni­stan in the Billie Jean King Cup (for­merly known as FedCup). 

According to information made available here, with the 2-1 win against Turkmenistan, Pakistan fin­ished second in the Pool B and will now play Sri Lanka for the 3rd/4th position in the Asia-Oceania Group II. The women in green have good prospects to win the tie as they are performing very well in the presti­gious tournament as evident from their victory against strong Turk­menistan team. 

Pakistan were off to a good start when Ushna defeated Aisha Bikbu­latova by 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 in the opening singles of the tie against Turkmeni­stan to provide his side a 1-0 lead. Ushna had to face stiff challenge against her opponent. After winning the first set at 6-0, her opponent changed her strategy, playing slice and chip shorts, forcing the Paki­stani champion to commit unforced errors. Ushna could not reduce her fast pace, aggressive strokes and lost the second set 2-6. Then Ushna seemed to have adjusted with a dif­ferent strategy, reducing her pace and holding her serve to win the third and decisive set 6-3. 

However in the second singles, Turkmenistan’s Anastasiya Az­imbayeva had to face tough re­sistance from Pakistan’s Sarah Ibrahim Khan before winning the crucial match by 6-3, 6-4. In the crucial doubles match, the pair of Ushna Suhail and Sarah Ibrahim Khan proved very hot for the Turk­menistan pair of Anastasiya Azim­bayeva and Bahar Toymyradova and outsmarted them with a score of 6-1, 6-1 to help Pakistan register a 2-1 thrilling triumph. 

Earlier, Pakistan women played well against hosts Tajikistan and outclassed them by 3-0. But they couldn’t start their Billie Jean King Cup well against Mongolia, who overwhelmed them by 3-0.