Ireland Falls To Cyprus

The Irish Fed Cup team miss out on promotion play-off after 3-0 loss to Cyprus

The 2017 Irish Fed Cup team
The 2017 Irish Fed Cup team | Tennis Ireland

By Stephen Higgins | 16 June 2017

Ireland's Fed Cup team will not return to Group II in 2018 after a 3-0 loss to Cyprus in the deciding tie of Pool B.

Cyprus went into the final game with Ireland as table-toppers after garnering six wins from six. Ireland held second spot after suffering a loss in the singles against Kenya.

For Friday's pivotal match, Irish captain Yvonne Doyle decided to field Jane Fennelly and Jennifer Timotin in the singles, and a doubles duo of Ruth Copas and Sophia Derivan.

The first match was a tight encounter as Maria Siopacha recovered from a set down to get the better of Fennelly 6-7 6-3 6-1 in just over three hours. In the second singles, Timotin fell 3-6 0-6 to Eliza Omirou.

With the tie already settled in the Cypriot's favour, the doubles rubber also went to the Mediterraneans as Eleni Louka and Anna Savchenko defeated Copas & Derivan 6-0 7-6.

The result means that Cyprus will face Pool D winners Moldova in the promotion play-offs. Ireland will remain in Group III Europe/Africa for next season.