23 Apr Fed Cup 2009 Day 3 Review
Finland came out victorious over Garry Cahill’s Irish charges in a very showery Malta today (April 23rd). In between all the rain and delays, the Irish team will be very happy with their overall performance against a side who was widely expected to be challenging for promotion to Group II of the Euro/Africa Zone. The Finns were the victors in two of the three rubbers, but with Ireland winning the final days rubber, it will prove crucial in the final positions in the pool.
Opening the days proceedings for the third day in a row for Ireland was Greystones’ Amy Bowtell against the 25 year-old Finn Piia Suomalainen. Amy will be disappointed not to have taken the match to three sets after having a total of three set points in the first before the Finn capitalised on a Bowtell double fault during her second set point and brought the game to deuce before breaking the Greystones girl’s serve to tie at 5-5. Soumalainen built on this break to take the set 7-5. Bowtell also played well in the second set but a break of serve proved to be the deciding factor, with Soumalainen winning the second set and match 7-5, 6-4.