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Malta fall to South Africa in Fed Cup playoff

Team Malta at the Fed Cup, in Montenegro.

Team Malta at the Fed Cup, in Montenegro.

Team Malta lost to South Africa 2-1 in the Group III, Europe/Africa, Zone B, Promotional play-off final after qualifying from their group with maximum wins. 

Malta started the encounter on a bright note as Francesca Curmi emerged victorious in rubber 1, 6-1, 6-0, against Katie Poluta.

However, the Africans turned the tie to their favour with two wins in the next couple of rubbers.

First, Chanel Simmonds defeated Elaine Genovese 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) before Simmonds joined Madrie Le Roux to beat Curmi and Genovese 6-1, 6-1 in the doubles. 

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