Sania Mirza and veteran Rushmi Charavarthy registered contrasting singles victories as India blanked Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in the play-off tie to win back their place in the Asia/Oceania Group I of the Fed Cup tennis tournament here today.
India were relegated to Group II of the zonal competition last year after losing the play-off tie to Chinese Taipei.
With talented Poojashree Venkatesha suffering a knee injury ahead of the tie, Rushmi played the first singles against Bermet Duvanaeva.
The Indian faced stiff competition from Bermet before prevailing 6-4 1-6 6-3, to give India the lead.
The second singles was a cake walk for Sania, who cruised to a 6-0 6-2 win over Ksenia Palkina and clinched the only slot for promotion for her side.