Malta placed a credible 8th place in the Fed Cup Europe /Africa Group III which was recently held in Cairo Egypt.
The team was made up of Elaine Genovese, Rosanne Dimech and Maria Giorgia Farrugia Sacco and led by team captain Helen Asciak.Â The Maltese squad was composed of a mixture of experience and youth.Â Elaine was participating for the fourth time in the Fed Cup having represented Malta for the first time in 2007.Â It was a return to Fed Cup competition for Rosanne who brought experience to the squad having represented Malta for the first time in 2002, while for Mario Giorgia Farrugia Sacco also had this was a very positive debut at the young age of 14.
Malta was grouped in Pool A with Morocco, Armenia, Ireland and Kenya and we opened our commitments against Ireland.Â Elaine Genovese and Irelandâ€™s Sinead Lohan played a very close match which Elaine only lost in the third set 46 61 26.Â In the reverse singles, Rosanne lost 26 06 to Amy Botwell.Â Elaine and Rosanne recovered to win the doubles 76 46 75 in another close match.Â On the second day Malta played against a strong Armenian team and lost 3-0.Â The Maltese girls then overwhelmed Kenya convincingly, with Elaine defeating Caroline Odour 62 61 and Maria Giorgia beating Veronica Osogo Nabiwre 63 64 in her Fed Cup debut.Â Elaine and Rosanne then won the doubles 61 62.
The final day of the group stage saw Malta play top seeds Morocco. Â Elaine pulled one of the biggest upsets of the tournament when she defeated Nadia Lalami (WTA rank 502) 60 36 64 in an enthralling match. In the reverse singles Maria Giorgia was beaten 16 06 by Fatima El Allami while the Maltese girls also lost their doubles match 16 26.
On the final day of the tournament, Â Malta lost against Moldova 2-1 with Elaine beating Alina Soltanici 63 61 and Rosanne losing the reverse singles to Julia Helbet by the same scoreline.Â In the deciding rubber, Elaine and Rosanne were unlucky to end up on the losing side 16 63 46of a balanced and match to place 8th overall.
The Malta Tennis Federation is satisfied with of the achievements, results and performances displayed by the Maltese team in this yearâ€™s edition of the Fed Cup and considers that these serve as a solid foundation for future development and progress.Â The Federation also appreciates the support extended by Bank of Valletta for the National teams.