Fed Cup - Malaysia pulls out of Fed Cup

Tue, 01 Feb 04:05:00 2011

Malaysia has pulled out of this week's Fed Cup women's team tennis event after failing to find any players good enough to compete, an official of the Southeast Asian nation's tennis body announced.

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The Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia said they had reviewed some players but found none suitable to don the national colours.

"We had a look at a few players including two Swedish-based Malaysian-born talents but they were not good enough," LTAM executive secretary Ibrahim Abu Bakar told Malaysia's New Straits Times.

"We withdrew from the tournament mainly because we could not get the best players to represent the country."

Malaysia, who had hosted the tournament's Asia/Oceania leg last year, failed to muster the same players this time round.

"We found it unfeasible (to compete) as Jawairiah (Noordin) is now on her own while Neesha (Thirumalaichelvam) is pursuing her studies in the United States," said Ibrahim.

The Group II Asia/Oceania contest is takes place this week at Thailand's National Tennis Centre in Nonthaburi. Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Turkmenistan will compete in two pools of four teams.

Reuters

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