Fed Cup | Ireland Remain In Group III

The Irish team defeated Montenegro in 5th place play-off

The Fed Cup trophy
Image | Peter Menzel

By Stephen Higgins | 20 April 2018

Ireland will remain in Group III of the Fed Cup in 2019 after finishing fifth in the Europe/Africa section.

Yvonne Doyle’s side beat hosts Montenegro 3-0 in the 5th to 6th play-off early on Thursday to complete the week’s matches and their 2018 campaign.

Jane Fennelly earned the first point with a 7-5 6-4 singles victory over Divna Ratkovic. The tie was then secured for Ireland when Anja Draskovic retired at 0-1 in the first set against Ruth Copas.

Ireland’s doubles pair of Amy Bowtell and Lauren Deegan ended the contest with a convincing 6-0 6-0 win over Ratkovic and Ana Radovic.

The Irish found themselves in the 5th to 6th play-off after finishing third in Pool B to Malta (first) and Morocco (second).

Doyle’s team lost their opening matches to Malta (0-3) and Morocco (1-2) respectively, before earning a victory over Uganda (3-0) in the last pool tie.

The Maltese topped Pool B with maximum points but succumbed 2-1 to South Africa in the promotion play-off.

Ireland’s 2018 team was spearheaded by Amy Bowtell as Sinead Lohan, the Irish no.1, completes her final year at the University of Miami.