20 Jul 2017

Sport: Pacific Oceania make winning start to Fed Cup

8:24 am on 20 July 2017

Pacific Oceania have made an emphatic start to their Fed Cup tennis campaign, sweeping Iran 3-0 in their opening match in Tajikistan.

Samoa's Steffi Carruthers beat Yasmin Mansouri 6-4 6-2 in the opening singles rubber before Papua New Guinea's Abigail Tere-Apisah clinched victory with a 6-3 6-0 trouncing of Sara Amiri.

With the result secure, Mayka Zima and Carol Lee were given a chance to impress in the doubles and fought back from a set down to win 2-6 6-3 6-2.

The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup team in Tajikistan.

The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup team in Tajikistan. Photo: Supplied

The team will face Hong Kong later today, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals of Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two.

Meanwhile the Pacific Oceania men's team have been beaten 2-1 by hosts Sri Lanka in their latest Davis Cup tie.

Tahiti's Heve Kelley was thrashed 6-1 6-3 by Harshana Godamanna in the first singles rubber before Colin Sinclair from the Northern Mariana's levelled proceedings after defeating Sharmal Dissanyake 6-4 6-4.

But, with the match on the line, Brett Baudinet and Aymeric Mara were outclassed 6-3 6-1 in the clay in the decisive doubles tie.

Pacific Oceania are back in action today against Jordan.