Uzbekistan finished the third in the Fed Cup zonal qualification women’s team tennis tournament after beating India 3-0 in the play-offs on Saturday.
Tara went down 4-6, 6-7(3) to Albina Khabibulina before Ankita lost to Dilyara Saidkhodjaeva 4-6, 4-6 in the singles.
In the doubles rubber, the Indians staged a brilliant rally but lost a nail-biting tiebreaker in the deciding set 6-3, 5-7, 6-7(11).
Captain of India Enrico Piperno had mixed emotions about the team’s performance in the tournament.
"I said before the start that our priority was to stay in the group and I am happy we achieved that," he said.
"I would say we played to our potential. It was unfortunate that we had some injury problems."
"We lost to the best team (Chinese Taipei in the league stage) in the tournament. They went on to beat Thailand in the final."