Draws Made for 2016 Fed Cup

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(June 3, 2015) The Draw for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the FFT Museum at Roland Garros in Paris on Wednesday. First round ties will take place on 6-7 February 2016. The 2015 finalists were automatically the top two seeds in the 2016 World Group, while the remaining seeds were based on the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 20 April 2015.


2016 World Group


First round (6-7 February)


Romania [c] [*] v Czech Republic [s]
Germany [s] [c] v Switzerland
France [c] v Italy [s]
Russia [s] [c] [*] v Netherlands

2016 World Group II


First round (6-7 February)
Slovakia [c] v Australia [s]
Canada [s] [c] [*] v Belarus
USA [c] [*] v Poland [s]
Serbia [s] [c] v Spain


[s] = seeded nation

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot


2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas dates


World Group/World Group II first round: 6-7 February

World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 16-17 April

World Group Final: 12-13 November


The 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Czech Republic and Russia will take place in Czech Republic on 14-15 November.


Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, www.facebook.com/FedCup, www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and www.fedcup.tv.



Fed Cup Results for April 19, 2015

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(April 19, 2015) Sunday’s results for the 2015 Fed Cup World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 18-19 April.

Czech Republic will host Russia in the Fed Cup Final on 14-15 November. In the semifinals, Czech Republic overcame France 3-1 in Ostrava, while Russia defeated Germany 3-2 in Sochi.

Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland all won their World Group play-off ties and will join Czech Republic, France, Germany and Russia in the 2016 World Group.

Belarus, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain all won their World Group II play-off ties, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Australia, Canada, Poland and USA, in 2016 World Group II. The four World Group II play-off losing nations, Argentina, Japan, Paraguay and Sweden, will contest their respective regional Zone Group I events in 2016.

The draw for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held in Paris on Wednesday 3 June. The top two seeds in the 2016 World Group will be the 2015 finalists, while the remaining seeds will be based on the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 20 April.




Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)


Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 46 76(1) 61
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 63 64
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 64

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) not played

Kristina Mladenovic/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) 06 63 [10-8]


RUSSIA defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)


Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 64 64

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 46 76(4) 63

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 61
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 60
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki/Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 63




ITALY defeated USA 3-2

Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)


Serena Williams (USA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 76(5) 62

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 61 62

Serena Williams (USA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 46 76(3) 63
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Christina McHale (USA) 61 61
Sara Errani/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Alison Riske/Serena Williams (USA) 60 63



Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 61 63
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 75 63

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 63

Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 06 75 75

Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. Casey Dellacqua/Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 62 76(3)



Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Martina Hingis (SUI) 64 60
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 61

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 61

Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Martina Hingis (SUI) 46 75 61

Timea Bacsinszky/Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Agnieszka Radwanska/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 26 64 97


ROMANIA defeated CANADA 3-2

Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)


Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 46 75 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 64 64

Andreea Mitu (ROU) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 46 64 61

Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 36 75 62

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU) 61 46 [10-5]




SERBIA defeated PARAGUAY 4-1

Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) 61 63

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 62 60
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 36 62 61

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 60 62

Aleksandra Krunic/Ivana Jorovic (SRB) d. Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 61 64

SLOVAKIA defeated SWEDEN 4-0

Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)


Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 63 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 62 60
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Ellen Allgurin (SWE) 61 64

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE) not played

Jana Cepelova/Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Susanne Celik/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 46 63 [10-7]


BELARUS defeated JAPAN 3-2

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)


Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 62

Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 46 62
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 63 63

Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 76(5) 46 64
Victoria Azarenka/Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 64

SPAIN defeated ARGENTINA 4-0

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 46 76(2) 61
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 61

Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 61 46 97

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) not played
Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 64 16 [10-3]




Venue: SAAP Tennis Complex, Hyderabad, India (hard – outdoors)







Venue: Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay – outdoors)




US Falls to Italy in Fed Cup World Group Play-off

Flavia Pennetta

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(April 19, 2015) Italy has now won five straight Fed cup ties against the United States with their 3-2 win on Sunday in the World Group playoff in Brindisi, Italy.

No. 1 Serena Williams had to fight her way back against Sara Errani to take the first match of the day 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead over Italy.

“Today has been a big eye opener,” Williams said. “I need to go home and train.  I am totally not ready for clay court season as I thought I was.  This was a great match for me, even if I had lost, I think it would have been a wonderful match.  That is one good thing about playing Fed Cup and things like this it gives you the practice that you normally would not get.”


In the second match, hometown girl Flavia Pennetta demolished Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1 to even up the tie at 2-2.

The final rubber of the tie which was the doubles, saw Williams lost her first match of her Fed Cup career when she paired with Alison Riske and fell to Pennetta and Errani 6-0, 6-3 which sealed the tie for Italy.

Williams is now 13-0 in Singles and 3-1 in doubles in Fed Cup competition.

On playing against Pennetta and Errani in doubles, Williams said: “They are a very solid team and obviously, they have both been No. 1 in doubles.  I have been No. 1, so I felt like I had the opportunity to take some chances and do the best I can.  They were the better team today and ultimately, they got the win, which they deserved since they played better.”

Italy will return to the World Group and can compete for the Fed Cup trophy in 2016 while the U.S. will fall to World Group II.

Asked about the future of the U. S. Fed Cup team, Captain Mary Joe Fernandez said: “I think it is a big challenge.  We have to work harder.  We came close today and just keep plugging away.  The good news is that we have a lot of players in the Top 100 and hopefully, we can get two wins next year and get back into the World Group.”


The 2016 Fed Cup draw will be made in June.


U.S. and Italy End Day One at 1-1 in Fed Cup


(April 18, 2015) After day one, the United States and Italy are ties at 1-1 in the Fed Cup World Group Playoff being played at Circolo Tennis Brindisi in Brindisi, Italy.

World No. 1 Serena Williams led off the day holding off world No. 36 Camila Giorgi, 7-6(5), 6-2, raising her Fed Cup singles record to 12-0.

“The first set was tough,” said Williams. “I needed to stay calm and make more shots, especially the deeper ones. I think I was hitting them short. So once I started hitting deeper, things worked out.”

“Camila played really well and had a great game plan. That is the player she is. She goes for it a lot. I love to watch her play because she is so feisty on the court. I love her game how she hits so hard.  I know her game really well, so it was not a surprise.”

Sara Errani leveled the tie in the next match, demolishing Lauren Davis, making her singles debut for the United States 6-1, 6-2 in 70 minutes.

“It was a good experience for me,” Davis said.  “I thought I handled myself well.  Sara played very well and was solid and consistent. Given the situation, I think I did okay.”

“Lauren competed really well,” said US Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez. “It is a tough match-up on clay.  Sara has so much experience and defends so well and is also very aggressive.  I thought there were a few games where Lauren had opportunities where it was deuce or break point.  Against a player of that caliber, you have to win those games and then maybe you have a chance.  Sara played really well under pressure and those points very well.”

The winner of the tie this weekend will return to World Group 1 and can compete for the Fed Cup next year while the loser will fall back into World Group II.


Draws Announced for Fed Cup World Group Semifinals and Play-offs

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From the ITF – (April 17, 2015) The International Tennis Federation has announced the draws for the 2015 Fed Cup World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place April 18-19.

Two Fed Cup Zone Group events are also taking place this week: Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in Hyderabad, India (14-18 April); and Europe/Africa Zone Group III in Ulcinj, Montenegro (15-18 April).

The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, with the losers contesting 2016 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2016 World Group II, with the four losers contesting the 2016 Zone Group I events.



Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

Karolina Pliskova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Alize Cornet/Pauline Parmentier (FRA)



Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Julia Goerges (GER)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Julia Goerges (GER)
Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Angelique Kerber/Andrea Petkovic (GER)





Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)


Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Serena Williams (USA)

Sara Errani (ITA) v Lauren Davis (USA)

Sara Errani (ITA) v Serena Williams (USA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Lauren Davis (USA)
Karin Knapp/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v Christina McHale/Alison Riske (USA)


Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Arantxa Rus (NED) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Casey Dellacqua/Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)



Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Martina Hingis (SUI)
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Martina Hingis (SUI)

Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)/Martina Hingis (SUI)



Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)


Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU)





Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

Jelena Jankovic/Ivana Jorovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)



Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)


Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Susanne Celik (SWE)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Susanne Celik (SWE)

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)

Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ellen Allgurin/Cornelia Lister (SWE)



Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)


Misaki Doi (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Misaki Doi (JPN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)


Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) v Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)




Venue: SAAP Tennis Complex, Hyderabad, India (hard – outdoors)







Venue: Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay – outdoors)




Maria Sharapova Pulls Out of Fed Cup

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(April 14, 2015) Maria Sharapova is withdrawing from playing for Russia in the Fed Cup semifinals this weekend against Germany with a leg injury. Sharapova posted a message about her withdrawal on her Facebook page:


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Withdrawing from this weekend’s Fed Cup was no easy decision. You probably haven’t seen me post any pictures on court, that is simply because there haven’t been many. I just started a couple of days ago and going to work myself up to creating a good healthy base.

I will be following the girls on my live stream this weekend, cheering them on, as I try to be ready for next week’s tournament in Stuttgart.

Withdrawing from this weekend’s Fed Cup was no easy decision. You probably haven’t seen me post any pictures on court,…

Posted by Maria Sharapova on Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Venus Williams Withdraws From Fed Cup Tie Against Italy

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(April 14, 2015) Venus Williams has pulled out of this weekend’s Fed Cup playoff in Italy due to “a personal matter.”

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that Williams will be replaced by No 57 Lauren Davis.

No. 1 Serena Williams will lead team USA which also includes No. 45 Alison Riske and No. 65 Christina McHale.

The Italian team consists No. 15 Sara Errani, No. 26 Flavia Pennetta, No. 36 Camila Giorgi and No. 55 Karin Knapp.

The United States will face Italy for the fifth time in seven years in the Fed Cup World Group Playoff, held at Circolo Tennis Brindisi on an outdoor red clay court, this weekend April 18-19. The winner of best-of-five series will move into the World Group in 2016 for a chance to play for the Fed Cup title. The losing nation will fall back to World Group II.

The U.S. leads the overall series against Italy 9-4, losing the last four ties.


Murray seals the deal as GB win their first round tie over the USA again

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(March 8, 2015) GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – If at all possible the applause the loudest it has been for the three days, as the live fourth rubber set up a thrilling conclusion to the Great Britain-US Davis Cup tie.


With a vocal John Isner thundering down six aces in just his second service game, before he closed it out, you had a feeling we could be going to very long tie-breaks. After all if Isner hits six aces he would expect to be up by a couple of games at least, and not requiring that effort just to nab his second.


In fact it was the flat-footed-sounding Isner that flirted with the first break-point opportunities dulling the enthusiasm of the Glasgow crowd for just a little. There would be more drama to come in the eighth game as Murray put the crowd’s loyalty through its paces delivering them two double-faults and fending off three break points before finally grinding out a hold.


Isner might be one big unit but he showed early on how he could keep pace in the kinds of rallies that Murray likes to use. And it’s not as if the Brit was struggling with his movement, even throwing in one of those drop shots at a crunch moment for an audacious winner.


But there was no denying that Isner was beginning to get his eye in. He was less vocal and less slap-footed around the court now as he sensed he could turn the screw. Pushing Andy Murray every step of the way as the Brit was serving at 4-5, Isner forced 3 set points as the weak second Murray serve presented very hittable opportunities. Yet he could not take advantage as Murray dredged up serves to get him out of trouble.


We got to a first set tie-break, but not quite in the manner we thought, and soe terrible shot-making from Isner put GB in front by just enough to keep the advantage, and a collective sigh of relief from 7,700 people.


The second set saw Murray hold his serve much more comfortably, and even if Isner was getting a look at his second serve, much of the American’s pace on his whipping forehand was tempered as Murray earned his first break point on the Isner serve after one hour and 25 minutes. Even then, Murray showed him no less than three looks at a second serve as he worked to consolidate the break, to no avail for the American.

Two sets up, the question was would this go the distance, or even creep over four sets? Again there were moments when it looked as though Isner would steal the upper hand as Murray squandered his challenges and sent a few pleading looks the way of the umpire as Isner’s serves thundered past him.


Pushing up to a tie-break again, there was a huge crescendo of noise which, if anything, was louder than Murray’s entry into the arena. If the first mini-break was enough to get hopes up, as Murray surged ahead to finish it with an ace to book the British team into the quarter-finals. Final score 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(4).


Interviewed on court after jumping around with members of the team, Murray did the honours in thanking the crowd as well as hinting that perhaps it might be time for Tennis Scotland to use grass for something other than football.


“The whole week has been so much fun. This is one of the most special atmospheres I’ve ever played in so I would like to say a big thank you to all these guys,“ Murray said.

“With a home tie against France in the summer I’d imagine we would try to put that on a grass court. I don’t know how many they have in Glasgow but if they could lay one that would be great as the atmosphere has been incredible.”

“To be in the quarterfinals for a second year when it hasn’t happened for so long is incredible.”

Last year the British team also knocked out the USA in the first round of Davis Cup on a clay court in San Diego.


“This is a deserved win,” Murray said. “The attitude of everyone was excellent. Everyone fought extremely hard, especially when we were behind in the matches, no one gave up. Every person played extremely hard.

“It was huge momentum for us in winning James’ (Ward) match. We were also so close yesterday to winning 3-0, so I felt some pressure today to close it out. The way John approached the match made it difficult.”

Asked about Great Britain’s chances to win Davis Cup, US Captain Jim Courier said:

“When you have a great champion like Andy, against most teams, they should feel like they are up 2-0 going in. The way their doubles team played was impressive. Bob and Mike played unbelievably well yesterday and they were pushed to the wire. It only takes three to win.”

So where does the US Davis Cup team go from here?

“Our team changes, ‘ Courier said.  “You always try to make some adjustments and go forward. We play again in September, so I have time to assess everything. It takes time to process defeats like this and try to figure out what you can learn from it and improve going forward.”


With the next tie straight after Wimbledon, debates are already taking place as to where possible venues could be, as the prospect of holding an outside tournament in an English summer against the French could be intriguing.

The Davis Cup quarter-finals will take place between July 17 – 19.

As for the United States, they will play for a chance to stay in the World Group the week after the US Open concludes in September in the World Group Play-offs.

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist and a writer at Livetennis.com.


Bryan Brothers Keep Hope Alive for US with Five-set Win in Davis Cup


(March 7, 2015) GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – If you had asked anyone at the start of the day whether they would expect to be on the edge of their seats once more in Glasgow, you would have been hard pushed to find anyone to agree with you.

For team USA, the Bryan brothers came to play and they ripped through the first two sets in less than an hour, and even had match points to end it all in the fourth set, but somehow the Brits found a way to hang on.

It was not the easiest of comebacks for Jamie Murray, who got the nod to play along with the in-form Dominic Inglot who had already recorded two wins this season over the twins.

Finally holding his serve in the third set, it seemed to spur the Brits on to greater glories as the Bryan’s intensity dropped a little, while Dominic Inglot proved to be on fire at the net and Murray started to paint the lines with burning accuracy,

There was a hint of danger for the scratch pairing in front of an enthusiastic home crowd as the tall rangy Inglot found himself under pressure to hold his serve for the first time but dig himself out of a whole with some very solid serving as Murray dug deep to hold again to force a fourth set tie-breaker.

Two set points came and went for the Brits but they struggled to make it count, and a nifty Bryan poach suddenly brought up match point for the Americans. The threats seemed to come quick and fast for the Brits, and once more the risks paid off for the home team as they forced the decider.

It looked as though this match would be another long one, but at 7-7 a Murray volley found the net to give the Bryans a chance to serve it out, and they took it to set up a thrilling close.

Inglot just catching the edge of his racquet to a stinging return from the Bryan’s spelled danger as they took the mini-break for a 5-3 lead on their serve. A great stretch from Inglot pulled the Brits back on serve as the Brits clung on to bring up their first set point to force a decider. Inglot was poaching once more at the net to bring up their second set point but the pair could not find a way to close once more. A Bryan interception spun the advantage to the visitors, on their serve.

Inglot’s thundering return kept the Brits hanging in and Murray painting the lines brought up a third set point for the Brits, forcing the Americans into a decider.

Despite both Inglot and Murray requiring treatment during the decider, no quarter was being given now by either pairing as the fifth set wound its way on. With the threat of the first break points looming for the Americans on Murray’s serve at 7-7, a nicked edge saved the Brits albeit briefly and Murray’s missed half volley finding the net handing the Bryans a chance to serve for the match as they closed out the visitors’ first win.

The Bryans picked up their first five set win in the Davis Cup, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(8), 9-7, previously having been 0-2, but then they had also never lost in the Davis Cup from two sets up.

They admitted how much it meant to get their first five set win in the Davis Cup, saying: “We lost a couple of heartbreakers in 2013 so if we got this opportunity again, we were actually telling each other let’s erase all that pain and this was a great way to do it, is to win an very emotional match, I thought we played a great match, those guys didn’t give us an inch all day. Jamie returned well and served well. They made a ton of first serves and cleaned up the volleys. We had to bring out best stuff to win.”

“We didn’t let up,” Mike Bryan chimed in. “They hit great returns. They were going for it the whole way. We had been playing well all week and we played a great match today and it came down to a few points. The margins were really small. We had a couple of looks in the fourth set. But, all credit to them. They hit some alley shots and lines and served big when they had to. It came down to the wire.”

“The biggest luxury is having these guys on the team,” said US Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier of the Bryan brothers. “They continue to come through for us.”

John Isner will face Andy Murray in the live fourth rubber in reverse singles on Sunday with Great Britain leading the tie 2-1.

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist and a writer at Livetennis.com.


Davis Cup Results for March 6, 2015





Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, GER (hard – indoor)


Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 76(4) 26 67(1) 62 108

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 75 76(4)

Benjamin Becker/Andre Begemann (GER) v Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Gilles Simon (FRA)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) v Gael Monfils (FRA)



Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)


Andy Murray (GBR) d.  Donald Young (USA) 61 61 46 62

James Ward (GBR) d. John Isner (USA) 67(4) 57 63 76(3) 1513

Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)

Andy Murray (GBR) v John Isner (USA)

James Ward (GBR) v Donald Young (USA)



Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)


Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 46 26 75 75 63

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 64 63 76(5)

Jan Mertl/Adam Pavlasek v Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)


KAZAKHSTAN level with ITALY 1-1

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (hard – indoor)


Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(6) 61 62

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 63 63 67(5) 62

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) v Fabio Fognini/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)


ARGENTINA level with BRAZIL 1-1

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)


Joao Souza (BRA) d. Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 64 36 57 63 62

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 64 63 16 63

Federico Delbonis/Diego Schwartzmann (ARG) v Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA)

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v Joao Souza (BRA)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)



Venue: Kraljevo Sports Centre, Kraljevo, SRB (hard – indoor)


Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Mate Delic (CRO) 63 62 64

Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 46 16 63 62 61

Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Marin Draganja/Franko Skugor (CRO)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Mate Delic (CRO)


CANADA level with JAPAN 1-1

Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)


Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 62 61 62
Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 64 76(5) 63
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Go Soeda/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Tatsuma Ito  (JPN)



Venue: Country Hall du Sart Tilman, Liege, BEL (hard – indoor)


Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d. Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 16 67(6) 64 60 62

Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Michael Lammer (SUI) 63 61 63

Ruben Bemelmans/Niels Desein (BEL) v Adrien Bossel/Michael Lammer (SUI)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Michael Lammer (SUI)






Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)


Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 61 61 61

Darian King (BAR) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 61 63 60

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Manuel Castellanos/Jose Olivares (DOM)

Darian King (BAR) v Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)

Seanon Williams (BAR) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)






Venue: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club, Montevideo, URU (clay – outdoor)


Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) d. Pablo Cuevas (URU) 26 64 46 61 64

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 76(1) 36 63 63

Martin Cuevas/Pablo Cuevas (URU) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)

Pablo Cuevas (URU) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)






Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)


Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Danai Udomchoke (THA) 62 61 76(2)

Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 60 75 63

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Nam Ji Sung/Song Min-Kyu (KOR)

Danai Udomchoke (THA) v Chung Hyeon (KOR)

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)


NEW ZEALAND level with CHINA, P.R. 1-1

Venue: ASB Tennis Arena, Auckland, NZL (hard – outdoor)


Wu Di (CHN) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 26 76(5) 76(7) 26 63

Michael Venus (NZL) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 61 64 36 67(3) 97

Marcus Daniell/Artem Sitak (NZL) v Li Zhe/Zhang Ze (CHN)

Jose Statham (NZL) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Michael Venus (NZL) v Wu Di (CHN)





RUSSIA level with DENMARK 1-1

Venue: Sport Complex Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Novy Urengoy, RUS (hard – indoor)


Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 26 63 62 76(5)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 61 64 75

Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Martin Pedersen (DEN)


SWEDEN level with AUSTRIA 1-1

Venue: Idrottshuset Orebro, Orebro, SWE (hard – indoor)


Elias Ymer (SWE) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 64 63 36 26 63

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Christian Lindell (SWE) 63 64 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) v Jurgen Melzer/Alexander Peya (AUT)

Elias Ymer (SWE) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Christian Lindell (SWE) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)




Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)


Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 75 63 64

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Tom Kocevar-Desman (SLO) 62 64 76(3)

Martin Klizan/Igor Zelenay (SVK) v Blaz Kavcic/Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Martin Klizan (SVK) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

Norbert Gombos (SVK) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)



Venue: Sala Transilvania, Sibiu, ROU (hard – indoor)


Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR) 75 63 60

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 67(3) 76(3) 64 62

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Jonathan Erlich/Edan Leshem (ISR)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR)


POLAND level with LITHUANIA 1-1

Venue: Orlen Arena, Plock, POL (hard – indoor)


Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Lukasz Kubot (POL) 62 64 63

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(3) 63 63

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)






Venue: Cancha Oswaldo Merlin, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)


David Souto (VEN) d. Julian Saborio (CRC) 63 76(4) 63

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Ignaci Roca (CRC) 75 36 61 62

Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) v Pablo Nunez/Alvaro Daniel Riveros (CRC)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Julian Saborio (CRC)

David Souto (VEN) v Ignaci Roca (CRC)



Venue: Palmas del Mar Tennis Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)


Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Gabriel Flores Ruiz (PUR) 62 61 60

Alex Llompart (PUR) d. Rafa Orantes (ESA) 62 60 62

Alex Llompart/Gabriel Montilla (PUR) v Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA)

Alex Llompart (PUR) v Marcelo Arevalo (ESA)

Gabriel Flores Ruiz (PUR) v Rafa Orantes (ESA)


MEXICO level with BOLIVIA 1-1

Venue: Cancha Estadio Lorenzo Molina Casares, Merida, MEX (hard – outdoor)


Daniel Garza (MEX) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 62 62 60

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Tigre Hank (MEX) 76(2) 26 64 61

Daniel Garza/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) v Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL)

Daniel Garza (MEX) v Hugo Dellien (BOL)
Tigre Hank (MEX) v Federico Zeballos (BOL)


CHILE leads PERU 2-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)


Christian Garin (CHI) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 46 67(3) 61 76(2) 108

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) d. Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) 62 62 36 76(3)

Gonzalo Lama/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Duilio Beretta (PER)

Christian Garin (CHI) v Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER)






Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)


Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) d. Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB) 60 60 61

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) d. Karim Alayli (LIB) 60 61 61

Wang Chieh-Fu/Ho Chih-Jen (TPE) v Ibrahim Abou Chahine/Karim Alayli (LIB)

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) v Karim Alayli (LIB)

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) v Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB)



Venue: Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig, PHI (clay – indoor)


Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Harshana Godamanna (SRI) 57 36 64 60 63

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 63 62 61

Francis Casey Alcantara/Treat Huey (PHI) v Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) v Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)



Venue: Bukit Asam Tennis Court, Palembang, INA (hard – outdoor)


Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Shahin Khaledan (IRI) 62 61 60

Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) d. Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI) 63 61 60

Christopher Rungkat/David Agung Susanto (INA) v Amirvala Madanchi/Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI)

Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) v Shahin Khaledan (IRI)


PAKISTAN level with KUWAIT 1-1

Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, SRI (clay – outdoor)


Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Naser Al Obaidly (KUW) 61 60 62

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 64 61 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Hassan Al Mousa/Dawood Sayed Hashim (KUW)

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW)

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Naser Al Obaidly (KUW)





TURKEY level with SOUTH AFRICA 1-1

Venue: Mersin Tenis Kompleksi, Mersin, TUR (hard – indoor)


Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 61 64 67(5) 61

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Tucker Vorster (RSA) 64 63 75

Baris Erguden/Anil Yuksel (TUR) v Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA)

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) v Fritz Wolmarans (RSA)

Cem Ilkel (TUR) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)



Venue: Castleknock Tennis Club, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)


Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 64 67(3) 76(4) 62

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 62 63 63

James Cluskey/David O’Hare (IRL) v Siarhei Betau/Alexander Bury (BLR)

Sam Barry (IRL) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

Daniel Glancy (IRL) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)



Venue: Centro Desportivo do Jamor, Cruz Quebrada, POR (hard – indoor)


Joao Sousa (POR) d. Yassine Idmbarek (MAR) 60 60 62

Rui Machado (POR) v Lamine Ouahab (MAR) 62 64 64

Frederico Ferreira Silva/Joao Sousa (POR) v Lamine Ouahab/Younes Rachidi (MAR)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Lamine Ouahab (MAR)

Rui Machado (POR) v Yassine Idmbarek (MAR)


MONACO level with FINLAND 1-1

Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)


Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Romain Arneodo (MON) 61 64 63

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Micke Kontinen (FIN) 62 26 62 64

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) v Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Micke Kontinen (FIN)



Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, ZIM (hard – outdoor)


Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) 63 63 76(6)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Benjamin Lock (ZIM) 63 76(1) 63

Wayne Black/Mark Fynn (ZIM) v Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH)

Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) v Damir Dzumhur (BIH)

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) v Mirza Basic (BIH)


HUNGARY level with MOLDOVA 1-1

Venue: Gyor Varosi Egyetemi Csarnok, Gyor, HUN (hard – indoor)


Radu Albot (MDA) d. Gabor Borsos (HUN) 63 62 75

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Andrei Ciumac (MDA) 60 62 63

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) v Radu Albot/Andrei Ciumac (MDA)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Radu Albot (MDA)

Gabor Borsos (HUN) v Andrei Ciumac (MDA)



Venue: Centre National de Tennis, Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX (hard – indoor)


Gilles Muller (LUX) d. Jacob Rasolondrazana (MAD) 60 63 62

Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 67(2) 64 62 1-1 ret. (twisted right ankle)

Gilles Muller/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) v Tony Rajaobelina/Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD)

Gilles Muller (LUX) v Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Jacob Rasolondrazana (MAD)


LATVIA level with BULGARIA 1-1

Tenisa Centrs Lielupe, Jurmala, LAT (hard – indoor)


Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Alexandar Lazov (BUL) 63 75 75

Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 64 36 63 16 1210

Arturs Lazdins/Rudolfs Mednis (LAT) v Tihomir Grozdanov/Ilia Kushev (BUL)

Martins Podzus (LAT) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Janis Podzus (LAT) v Alexandar Lazov (BUL)