Serbia surge past South Africa

Serbia surge past South Africa

Serbia & Montenegro remain on course for a place in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I play-offs after thrashing South Africa 3-0.

The rankings of the two teams suggested that this was going to be a total mismatch and so it proved. Ana dismissed South African No.1 seed Alicia Pillay 6-0, 6-1, after team-mate Danica Krstajic had beaten Lizaan Du Plessis 6-0, 6-2.

Ana was then rested for the doubles rubber, leaving Danica to team up with Ana Timotic for a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Else Potgieter and Michelle Sammons.

Serbia & Montenegro must beat Denmark in tomorrow's final round-robin tie in order to advance to the play-offs. Denmark followed up yesterday's 3-0 whitewash over South Africa with a 2-0 win against Slovenia – the doubles rubber was cancelled due to rain. The Danes' top ranked player is world No.464 Caroline Wozniacki, who was a quarter-finalist in Memphis two months ago and is also the world junior No.4.