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Apr 15, 2005
The New Zealand Fed Cup tennis team leaves on Saturday to play the Asia/Oceania Fed Cup Zone Group I competition in New Delhi facing plenty of competition from some highly regarded nations.
The New Zealand team is Marina Erakovic, Leanne Baker, Paula Marama, Eden Marama and non-playing captain, Pavlina Nola.
The nations playing in the 20-23 April teams tournament are China, Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore.
India have a strong side with some fast improving players however their star Sania Mirza, who is ranked inside the top 100, is said to be out with an ankle injury.
The next best Indian player is Shikha Uberoi who is still listed as an American and is ranked at 139. New Zealand has never lost to India in the three occasions they have played.
The Australian team is likely to use world No 52 Samantha Stosur and Evie Dominikovic (111) as its singles players.
China have called up two top 100 players in Na Li (42) and Jie Zheng (70), however New Zealand beat them last year. Korea have Yoon Jeong Cho at 87 a former finalist at the ASB Classic in their team.
New Zealand made the promotion playoffs last year and will be aiming to knock off more top ranked players and teams this time too.
The competition will be played in two groups of four and then round robin play deciding the top nations.
All of the eight nations in the competition will be aiming for the two promotion places into World Group II in 2006
source One sport