NZ lose Davis Cup relegation playoff to India

Last updated 10:33 16/09/2012

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The New Zealand Davis Cup team have lost to India in their relegation playoff in Chandigarh, India.

After two singles losses, Dan King-Turner and Michael Venus lost the must-win doubles to give India a 3-0 lead and certain victory.

The pair pushed Divik Sharan and Vishnu Vardhan to five sets but could not hold on, losing 6-7(5), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5), 2-6.

On day one King-Turner was beaten in five set contest by Indian No 1 Yuki Bhambri and Rubin Statham went down 6-2 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2 to Vardhan.

The reverse singles will be played on the final day with Michael Venus and Artem Sitak set to take the court for New Zealand.

New Zealand will now play away to Chinese Taipei from October 19-21 in a bid to remain in Asia/Oceania Group I.

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