08 Feb Ireland promoted in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
The BNP Paribas Irish Fed Cup team have promoted to Group II of the Fed Cup after they defeated Greece 2-1 in the promotional play off of Europe/Africa Zone Group III competition which took place at the Tere Tennis Centre in Tallinn, Estonia in early February.
In the first singles match, Jane Fennelly was defeated by Valentini Grammatikopolou 62 60 whilst in the second singles rubber, putting the two highest ranked players against each other, Irish No. 1 Amy Bowtell defeated Maria Sakkari (WR 541) in three sets 46 63 62.
In the deciding doubles match, Amy Bowtell and Rachel Dillon had a straight sets win over Grammatikopoulou/Sakkari 64 63.
The last time Ireland played in Group II was in 2008 when the current Captain Yvonne Doyle was a member of the team.