Tennis: Irish defy captain blow
IRELAND'S women's tennis team yesterday overcame the handicap of being without a non-playing captain for their opening tie in the Fed Cup in Cairo.
With team boss Garry Cahill unable to get a flight out of Dublin until yesterday afternoon because of the volcano ash restrictions, team members Julia Moriarty and Amy Bowtell had to carry out Cahill's chair duties when they weren't in singles action.
But despite that, Australian-born debutant Moriarty and Greystones' Bowtell won their singles contests, and the pair then teamed up successfully in the doubles rubber to clinch a 3-0 win over Malta.
In the opening contest, Moriarty beat Kimberley Cassar 6-4 7-5. Bowtell followed up with a 6-3 2-6 6-3 win over Elaine Genovese.
In the doubles, Moriarty and Bowtell registered a 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 success over Cassar and Genovese.
Today, Ireland take on Morocco who defeated Algeria 3-0 in their first-round tie. Along with Cahill, player Niamh Coveney was scheduled to arrive in Cairo late last night, and the remaining team member, Lynsey McCullough, is expected to travel to Cairo later today.