New Zealand tennis No 1 Marina Erakovic is on her way home from the Fed Cup in Kazakhstan after dislocating her thumb when she slipped on the hotel floor.
Erakovic landed badly on her thumb, suffering what was suspected to be a brake but later confirmed as a dislocation.
She is on her way home for treatment, a huge blow to New Zealand's chances at the Asia/Oceania Group II tournament in Astana.
That was soon highlighted when New Zealand lost 2-1 to Hong Kong. They now have one win and one loss, though they still have a chance of finishing top of their pool of five teams if they win their remaining matches and Hong Kong lose one of their remaining contests.
The winners of New Zealand's pool will face the winner of the other pool with triumphant side gaining a spot in Asia/Oceania Group I for 2014.
Against Hong Kong, Emma Hayman played at No 2 but was defeated in straight sets, 6-2 6-2, by Katherine Ip, while Emily Fanning took the top singles spot but lost to Venise Chan, who is ranked 357 in the world, 6-1 3-6 6-1.
In the doubles Hayman and Abigail Guthrie won 7-6 6-4 over Chan and Ip.
- Fairfax Media