It was a good first day for seeded nations in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Africa Zone Group III as all three who played won 3-0. The hosts, Egypt, comfortably overcame Zambia, winning all three of their rubbers in under an hour and never dropping more than three games in a set.
Morocco also eased through their opening tie when they defeated Algeria without dropping more than two games in any set. Zimbabwe were the other seeded nation to play on Wednesday and they did not drop a set either, comfortably defeating Kenya.
The two ties between unseeded nations proved to be closer. Namibia battled their way to a 3-0 win over Rwanda but were pushed all the way. They sealed the whitewash following a thrilling doubles rubber which lasted 2 hours 45 minutes.
The tie between Nigeria and Botswana was the only one of the day not to finish 3-0. Nigeria easily took the opening rubber in just 40 minutes, but Botswana fought back, taking the second in three sets. This forced a deciding doubles rubber and Nigeria narrowly edged it to win 2-1.
Third seeds Madagascar will start their bid for promotion tomorrow when they take on Rwanda in Pool C. Zimbabwe play again tomorrow, knowing that another 3-0 victory will seal their place at the top of Pool B.
Egypt are also playing again tomorrow, but, as they are in the Pool containing 4 teams, they cannot guarantee top spot. Morocco have a day’s rest.