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Malta defeats Ireland to place third in Fed Cup Zonal Group

Malta Fed Cup team took on a very strong Irish team, no 3 seed, to win in a final third rubber doubles encounter with Elaine Genovese and Roseann Dimech winning the third set in a final tie break, a dramatic 10-8 score, which placed Malta joint 3rd.

12 May 2013, 12:00am

Roseann Dimech played a hard fought first set against Jenny Clafey losing 7-5 and went on to lose the rubber in the second set. Elaine Genovese had to play her best tennis to beat a strong opponent, Sinead Lohan 7-5, 6-4 taking the encounter to a final doubles rubber.

In the decisive rubber, the Maltese duo, Genovese/Dimech lost their first set, but to come back in the second set 6-3, and imposed their play in a final set 10-8 tie break.

The Federation may only be too pleased with this excellent showing for the National team.