The New Zealand Fed Cup women's tennis team has had a win in its first contest at the Asia/Oceania Group II in Astana, Kazakhstan
New Zealand opened its account with a 3-0 victory over Vietnam. Top 100 ranked Marina Erakovic won easily in her match while teenager Emily Fanning played her first match for her country winning 6-0 in the third set after being down 3-5 in the second set and having two match points against her when she played Thi-Tam-Hao Tran.
In the doubles, two other debutants, Emma Hayman and Abigail Guthrie were victorious in three sets over Tran and Trang-Huynh Dai.
The second match for New Zealand is against Hong Kong. If the Kiwis win their pool of five teams they will then play against the winners of the second pool in a final with the winner gaining a spot in Asia/Oceania Group I for 2014.
Emily Fanning bt Thi-Tam-Hao Tran 4-6 7-6(2) 6-0
Marina Erakovic bt Trang-Huynh Phuong Dai 6-0 6-2
Abigail Guthrie/Emma Hayman bt Thi-Tam-Hao Tran/Trang-Huynh Phuong Dai 4-6 6-4 6-3