India Fed Cup coach Ankita Bhambri reckons a good serve will be the key on indoor courts when Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi fight it out with higher-ranked players in the Fed Cup.
India will begin their campaign at the Asia/Oceania Group I against Thailand on Thursday before clashing with formidable hosts Kazakhstan on Friday.
Getting past Thailand is not expected to be too hard for India with Ankita and fast-improving Karman in good form.
Thailand’s best-ranked singles player is Peangtarn Plipuech, who is placed at 297 while Punnin Kovapitukted is way lower at number 657.
“To be very honest, the girls are improving every year. Karman is stronger and fitter while Ankita is also strong and has more experience. They need to put it together,” Bhambri told agencies.
The matches will be played indoors due to the sub-zero temperature in the city.
“It is important to serve well (indoor) and reach out to the ball faster. If you start a point well, the chances of ending it well also get better,” Bhambri said.
Bhambri further said that raising the game at the right time would be important. “We had a good practice, we hit for 3-4 days and in Fed Cup, anything can happen. You can be favourites or underdogs when you step out, you also step up,” Bhambri said.