2015/03/02

Nominations Announced for Davis Cup World Group First Round and Zone Group Ties

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(February 24, 2015) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup World Group first round and Zone Group ties taking place on 6-8 March. A total of 33 ties will be held next week.

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

GERMANY v FRANCE

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

 

Germany
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Benjamin Becker
Jan-Lennard Struff
Andre Begemann
Captain: Michael Kohlmann

 

France
Gilles Simon
Gael Monfils
Richard Gasquet
Nicolas Mahut
Captain: Arnaud Clement

 

GREAT BRITAIN v USA
Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Great Britain
Andy Murray
James Ward
Dominic Inglot
Jamie Murray
Captain: Leon Smith

 

USA
John Isner
Donald Young
Mike Bryan
Bob Bryan

Captain: Jim Courier

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v AUSTRALIA

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

 

Czech Republic
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely
Jan Mertl
Adam Pavlasek
Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

 

Australia
Nick Kyrgios
Bernard Tomic
Samuel Groth
Lleyton Hewitt
Captain: Wally Masur

 

KAZAKHSTAN v ITALY

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

 

Kazakhstan
Mikhail Kukushkin
Andrey Golubev
Aleksandr Nedovyesov
Dmitry Popko
Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

Italy
Fabio Fognini
Andreas Seppi
Simone Bolelli
Paolo Lorenzi
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

 

ARGENTINA v BRAZIL

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

 

Argentina
Leonardo Mayer
Federico Delbonis
Diego Schwartzmann
Carlos Berlocq
Captain: Daniel Orsanic

 

Brazil
Thomaz Bellucci
Joao Souza
Marcelo Melo
Bruno Soares
Captain: Joao Zwetsch

 

SERBIA v CROATIA

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

 

Serbia
Novak Djokovic
Viktor Troicki
Filip Krajinovic
Nenad Zimonjic
Captain: Bogdan Obradovic

 

Croatia
Marin Cilic
Borna Coric
Mate Delic
Marin Draganja
Captain: Zeljko Krajan

 

CANADA v JAPAN

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

 

Canada
Milos Raonic
Vasek Pospisil
Frank Dancevic
Daniel Nestor
Captain: Martin Laurendeau

 

Japan
Kei Nishikori
Go Soeda
Tatsuma Ito
Yasutaka Uchiyama
Captain: Minoru Ueda

 

BELGIUM v SWITZERLAND

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

 

Belgium
David Goffin
Steve Darcis
Ruben Bemelmans
Niels Desein
Captain: Johan van Herck

 

Switzerland
Yann Marti
Adrien Bossel
Henri Laaksonen
Michael Lammer
Captain: Severin Luthi

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

BARBADOS v DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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

 

Barbados
Darian King
Haydn Lewis
Seanon Williams
Russell Moseley
Captain: Kevin Yarde

 

Dominican Republic
Victor Estrella
Jose Hernandez
Jose Olivares
Manuel Castellanos
Captain: Rafael Moreno

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

URUGUAY v COLOMBIA

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

 

Uruguay
Pablo Cuevas
Martin Cuevas
Rodrigo Senattore
Ariel Behar
Captain: Enrique Perez-Cassarino

 

Colombia
Santiago Giraldo
Alejandro Gonzalez
Juan-Sebastian Cabal
Robert Farah
Captain: Mauricio Hadad

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

THAILAND v KOREA, REP.

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

 

Thailand
Danai Udomchoke
Warit Sornbutnark
Sanchai Ratiwatana
Sonchat Ratiwatana
Captain: Paradorn Srichaphan

 

Korea, Rep.
Chung Hyeon
Nam Ji Sung
Lim Yong-Kyu
Song Min-Kyu
Captain: Roh Gap-Taik

 

NEW ZEALAND v CHINA, P.R.

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

 

New Zealand
Michael Venus
Jose Statham
Marcus Daniell
Artem Sitak
Captain: Alistair Hunt

 

China, P.R.
Zhang Ze
Wu Di
Li Zhe
Gong Mao-xin
Captain: Jiang Hong-Wei

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

RUSSIA v DENMARK

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

 

Russia
Andrey Kuznetsov
Evgeny Donskoy
Konstantin Kravchuk
Andrey Rublev
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

 

Denmark
Frederik Nielsen
Martin Pedersen
Soren Hess-Olesen
Thomas Kromann
Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

 

SWEDEN v AUSTRIA

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

 

Sweden
Elias Ymer
Christian Lindell
Robert Lindstedt
Johan Brunstrom
Captain: Fredrik Rosengren

 

Austria
Andreas Haider-Maurer
Jurgen Melzer
Gerard Melzer
Alexander Peya
Captain: Stefan Koubek

 

SLOVAKIA v SLOVENIA

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

 

Slovakia
Martin Klizan
Lukas Lacko
Norbert Gombos
Igor Zelenay
Captain: Miloslav Mecir

 

Slovenia
Blaz Kavcic
Tom Kocevar-Desman
Mike Urbanija
Grega Zemlja
Captain: Blaz Trupej

 

ROMANIA v ISRAEL

Venue: Sala Transilvania, Sibui, ROU (clay – indoor)

 

Romania
Adrian Ungur
Marius Copil
Horia Tecau
Florin Mergea
Captain: Andrei Pavel

 

Israel
Dudi Sela
Bar Tzuf Botzer
Edan Leshem
Jonathan Erlich
Captain: Eyal Ran

 

POLAND v LITHUANIA

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

 

Poland
Jerzy Janowicz
Lukasz Kubot
Kamil Majchrzak
Marcin Matkowski
Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik

 

Lithuania
Ricardas Berankis
Laurynas Grigelis
Lukas Mugevicius
Mantas Bugailiskis
Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

VENEZUELA v COSTA RICA
Venue: Cancha Oswaldo Merlin, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

Venezuela
Ricardo Rodriguez
Luis David Martinez
David Souto
Roberto Maytin
Captain: Jose de Armas

 

Costa Rica
Julian Saborio
Ignaci Roca
Pablo Nunez
Alvaro Daniel Riveros
Captain: Kenneth Thome Bolanos

 

PUERTO RICO v EL SALVADOR

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

 

Puerto Rico
Alex Llompart
Gabriel Flores Ruiz
Stephen Diaz
Christian Garay
Captain: Jorge F. Gonzalez

 

El Salvador
Marcelo Arevalo
Rafael Arevalo
Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin
Rafa Orantes
Captain: Miguel Merz

 

MEXICO v BOLIVIA

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

 

Mexico
Daniel Garza
Tigre Hank
Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela
Santiago Gonzalez
Captain: Leonardo Lavalle

 

Bolivia
Hugo Dellien
Federico Zeballos
Rodrigo Banzer
Alejandro Mendoza
Captain: Mauricio Solis

 

CHILE v PERU

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

 

Chile
Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
Nicolas Jarry
Gonzalo Lama
Christian Garin
Captain: Nicolas Massu

 

Peru

Duilio Beretta
Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio
Sergio Galdos
Duilio Vallebuona
Captain: Pablo Arraya

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI v LEBANON

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

 

Chinese Taipei
Lu Yen-Hsun
Hung Jui-Chen
Wang Chieh-Fu
Ho Chih-Jen
Captain: Tsai Chia-Yen

 

Lebanon
Karim Alayli
Ibrahim Abou Chahine
Patrick Chucri
Playing Captain: Hussein Badreddine

 

PHILIPPINES v SRI LANKA

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

 

Philippines
Patrick-John Tierro
Treat Huey
Ruben Gonzales
Francis Casey Alcantara
Captain: Roland Kraut

 

Sri Lanka
Sharmal Dissanayake
Harshana Godamanna
Dineshkanthan Thangarajah
Sankha Atukorale
Captain: Rohan de Silva

 

INDONESIA v IRAN

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

 

Indonesia
Christopher Rungkat
Sunu-Wahyu Trijati
David Agung Susanto
Aditya Hari Sasongko
Captain: Roy Therik

 

Iran
Anoosha Shahgholi
Mohsen Hossein Zade
Amirvala Madanchi
Shahin Khaledan
Captain: Saeid Ahmadvand

 

PAKISTAN v KUWAIT

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

 

Pakistan
Aisam Qureshi
Aqeel Khan
Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar
Ahmed Choudhary
Captain: Rashid Malik

 

Kuwait
Mohammad Ghareeb
Ali Ghareeb
Hassan Al Mousa
Naser Al Obaidly
Captain: Adel Al Shatti

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

TURKEY v SOUTH AFRICA

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

 

Turkey
Marsel Ilhan
Cem Ilkel
Baris Erguden
Anil Yuksel
Captain: Haluk Akkoyun

 

South Africa
Fritz Wolmarans
Tucker Vorster
Ruan Roelofse
Raven Klaasen
Captain: Earl Grainger

 

IRELAND v BELARUS

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

 

Ireland
Sam Barry
Daniel Glancy
James Cluskey
David O’Hare
Captain: Conor Niland

 

Belarus
Egor Gerasimov
Dzmitry Zhyrmont
Alexander Bury
Siarhei Betau
Captain: Vladimir Voltchkov

 

PORTUGAL v MOROCCO

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

 

Portugal
Joao Sousa
Rui Machado
Frederico Ferreira Silva
Joao Domingues
Captain: Nuno Marques

 

Morocco
Lamine Ouahab
Yassine Idmbarek
Mehdi Jdi
Younes Rachidi
Captain: Mehdi Tahiri

 

MONACO v FINLAND

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

 

Monaco
Benjamin Balleret
Romain Arneodo
Thomas Oger
Guillaume Couillard
Captain: Christophe Boggetti

 

Finland
Jarkko Nieminen
Micke Kontinen
Henrik Sillanpaa
Henri Kontinen
Captain: Kim Tiilikainen

 

ZIMBABWE v BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA

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

 

Zimbabwe
Takanyi Garanganga
Benjamin Lock
Mark Fynn
Wayne Black
Captain: Martin Dzuwa

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina
Damir Dzumhur
Mirza Basic
Tomislav Brkic
Nerman Fatic
Captain: Amer Delic

 

HUNGARY v MOLDOVA

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

 

Hungary
Marton Fucsovics
Peter Nagy
Gabor Borsos
Levente Godry
Captain: Zoltan Kuharszky

 

Moldova
Radu Albot
Andrei Ciumac
Andrei Gorban
Maxim Bulat
Captain: Iurie Gorban

 

LUXEMBOURG v MADAGSCAR

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

 

Luxembourg
Gilles Muller
Ugo Nastasi
Gilles Kremer
Mike Scheidweiler
Captain: Johny Goudenbour

 

Madagascar
Antso Rakotondramanga
Lofo Ramiaramanana
Tony Rajaobelina
Jean-Jacques Rakotohasy
Captain: Thierry Rajaobelina

 

LATVIA v BULGARIA

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

 

Latvia
Aleksandar Lazov
Dimitar Kuzmanov
Tihomir Grozdanov
Ilia Kushev
Captain: tbc

 

Bulgaria
Alexandar Lazov
Dimitar Kuzmanov
Tihomir Grozdanov
Ilia Kushev
Captain: Todor Enev

 

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USA and Great Britain Name Teams for Davis Cup First Round Tie in Glasgow March 6-8

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(February 24, 2015) The oldest rivalry in the history of Davis Cup will continue the weekend of March 6-8, when Great Britain plays host to the United States in Glasgow, Scotland for a first round tie in the Emirates Arena.

On Tuesday both countries named their teams. Team USA will consist of world No. 20 John Isner, No. 45 Donald Young, and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

World No. 3 Andy Murray will lead Great Britain’s team in his native Scotland which includes his brother Jamie, James Ward and Dominic Inglot.

Great Britain’s Captain Leon Smith said: “From a selection point of view we’ve been able to choose our strongest possible team which is of course spearheaded by Andy Murray who is significantly ahead of where he was 12 months ago. The tie will be a huge deal for him personally as he returns to play in Scotland for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2013. In James Ward we have somebody who has already proven himself against the US Davis Cup team, and I’d back him again to put in another excellent performance after some consistent recent form has seen him on the verge of cracking the top 100 for the first time. I’ve selected our top two doubles players in Jamie and Dom, and again they’ve showed real consistency this year to earn their place in the team. As a group, all the guys deserve this opportunity and I know we’re all excited to get together in Glasgow and get the tie underway.”

Last year, Murray carried his team to a 3-1 victory over the U.S. in the first round last year in San Diego.

For the best of five series, play begins each day at 1 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET). Friday, March 6, will include two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

In the Davis Cup competition dating back to 1900, the U.S. is 11-8 all-time against Great Britain

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Quarterfinal, July 17-19, and will play either France or Germany. Should the U.S. defeat Great Britain, it will travel to Germany or host France. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoff, Sept. 18-20, for the right to play in the World Group in 2016.

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ITF Confirms Dates for 2016 Davis Cup

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(February 18, 2015) The International Tennis Federation’s Davis Cup Committee confirmed the calendar dates for the 2016 Davis Cup:

 

World Group first round                         4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals                      15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs    16-18 September

World Group Final                                 25-27 November

 

The Committee had previously confirmed the following weeks for the 2017-18 competition:

 

World Group first round                         week after Australian Open

World Group quarterfinals                      week after Miami

World Group semifinals and play-offs    week after US Open

World Group Final                                 week after ATP World Tour Finals

 

The 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round ties are taking place next month on March 6-8.

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Draws announced for 2015 Fed Cup Play-offs

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(February 10, 2015) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs on 18-19 April:

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

Italy [s] [c] v USA
Netherlands [c] v Australia [s]
Poland [s] [c] [*]  v Switzerland
Canada [s] [c] [*] v Romania

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

Serbia [s] [c] [*] v Paraguay
Slovakia [s] [c] [*] v Sweden
Japan [s] [c] [*] v Belarus
Argentina [c] v Spain [s]

[s] = seed

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

 

The 2015 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 18-19 April. In the semifinals, Czech Republic will be at home to France, and Russia will be at home to Germany.

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US Advances to Fed Cup World Group Playoffs with win over Argentina

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(February 8, 2015) Venus Williams led the USA Fed Cup team into the World Group Playoffs on Sunday when she defeated Maria Irigoyen of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 in the second match of the day to clinch the tie at 3-1. Sister Serena did not play the first rubber of the day due to an illness. She was replaced by Coco Vandeweghe, who lost to Paula Ormaechea 6-4, 6-4.

The Americans will play in the World Group Playoffs the weekend of April18-19. They will face one of the following teams: Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland winners in World Group II, and the four World Group first round losers, Australia, Canada, Italy and Poland. The draw will take place on Tuesday.

The Americans have won the Fed Cup title 17 times, more than any other nation, with their last Fed Cup coming in 2000.

USA defeated ARGENTINA 4-1

Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)

Venus Williams (USA) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 63 62
Serena Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 75 60
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 64 64
Venus Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 64

Taylor Townsend/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 62 63

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Czech Republic Takes Commanding 2-0 Lead against Canada after Day One of Fed Cup

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By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(February 7, 2015) QUEBEC CITY – Despite some spirited efforts by the local players, there we no surprises on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group first round between Canada and Czech Republic played in Quebec City. Karolina Pliskova and Tereza Smitkova respectively defeated Françoise Abanda and Gabriela Dabrowski in two sets to give the number-one ranked Czech Republic a commanding lead after Day One.

On paper, the matches seemed quite uneven: Pliskova, 22nd, was ranked over 200 spotS higher than 18-year-old Abanda, while Smitkova (62nd) had the clear edge over Dabrowski (185th). In the end, while the winner somewhat never was in doubt, both Canadians fought well to keep the hopes alive and play patches of inspired tennis.

In the first set of her match against Abanda, Pliskova showed the hard-hitting tennis that has led to her impressive rise in the rankings. Never worried on serve, she had eight break chances, converted two of them, and sailed to a solid 6-2 win. The second set was much closer, as Abanda started to hold more comfortably, helped by the errors creeping in Pliskova’s return games. The Czech was the first to obtain breaks points at 2-2 when she stormed to a 0-40 lead, but the young Canadian leveled to deuce. While Abanda saved yet another break point, the Czech’s 12th of the match, she couldn’t save the 13th as Pliskova took a 3-2 lead.

After four comfortable holds, where Abanda raised her intensity level to the delight of the crowd, the Czech showed her first signs of nerves when serving for her first ever Fed Cup win. After failing to convert two match points, Pliskova gave Abanda her first (and only) break chance of the match. Despite her serving woes (the Czech served 4 doubles in that last game only), Pliskova fired an ace out wide to level things at deuce. After hitting a double fault on her fourth match point, the tall Czech found a way to settle down and close out the 6-2 6-4 win to give her country a 1-0 lead in the tie. Asked in her post-match interview about the numerous double faults in that last game, Pliskova replied: ”I had no idea what I was doing in that game, I was shaking”.

Tereza Smitkova and Gabriela Dabrowski stepped on court a few minutes later: the two players knew each other well after exchanging a pair of very lopsided wins in the past two years. The Canadian looked sharp in the first game and broke right away, but the Czech then reeled off six straight games to take a quick 6-1 lead in barely 20 minutes. While Dabrowski was showing off good hands and craftiness, the hard-hitting of the Czech combined with the fast courts led to the Canadian being often too defensive and overpowered.

The second set followed a similar pattern when Dabrowski took a 2-0 lead, by mixing up the rhythm with slices, higher balls and surprise visits to the net. Despite being broken for 2-1, Dabrowski then had a break point of her own, which she couldn’t convert and then an easy sitter on game point on her own serve at 2-2, which she missed in the net. After saving yet another break point at 3-2 to hold, the Czech never looked back and hit a series of flashy winners in the last two games to get the 6-1 6-2 win.

It was also Smitkova’s first ever Fed Cup win and for the Czech, the key was to be aggressive. ”She is a good defender and has good volleys, the Czech mentioned about her opponent. I had to stay focused and aggressive all match long”. It was also Smitkova’s first ever Fed Cup win, and it gives the Czechs a solid lead going into tomorrow’s matches. Asked on the importance of her win, Smitkova added: ”It was very important to get a 2-0 lead today, but we are focused on getting the third and final point early on tomorrow”.

Karolina Pliskova, a strong favorite, will be hoping to seal the deal and lead her team to the World Group semifinals in the first match against Dabrowski tomorrow, which will start at 1pm ET. If a fourth match is required, Abanda would then face Smitkova, while the deciding doubles match would feature Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman facing Lucie Hradecka and Denisa Allertova.

Follow live twitter updates from the Canada- Czech Republic tie on @TennisNewsTPN throughout the weekend.

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Fed Cup Results for February 6

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(February 6, 2015) The ITF has announced the latest results from Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and Americas Zone Group I.

 

Four Zone Group events are taking place this week: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Budapest, Hungary (4-7 February); Americas Zone Group I in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4-7 February); Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Guangzhou, China (4-7 February); and Europe/Africa Zone Group II in Tallinn, Estonia (4-7 February).

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 18-19 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones. The nations contesting the Europe/Africa Zone Group II event are bidding for promotion to 2016 Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

 

The 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties are taking place on 7-8 February.

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Syma Event and Congress Centre, Budapest, Hungary (hard – indoor)

 

Pool A

Hungary defeated Austria 3-0
Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) d. Barbara Haas (AUT) 75 62

Timea Babos (HUN) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 1-0 ret.

Timea Babos/Anna Bondar (HUN) d. Julia Grabher/Sandra Klemenschits (AUT) 76(2) 62

 

Pool B

Great Britain defeated Ukraine 3-0
Johanna Konta (GBR) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 63 62

Heather Watson (GBR) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 26 75 64

Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) d. Olga Savchuk/Elina Svitolina (UKR) 67(6) 75 64

 

Turkey defeated Liechtenstein 3-0
Ipek Soylu (TUR) d. Lynn Zund (LIE) 60 62

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Stephanie Vogt (LIE) 62 62

Cagla Buyukakcay/Pemra Ozgen (TUR) d. Sandra Hinterberger/Lynn Zund (LIE) 60 60

Pool C

Belarus defeated Portugal 2-1
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 63 62

Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 64 62

Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Barbara Luz/Ines Murta (POR) 64 67(2) 62

 

Georgia defeated Bulgaria 2-1
Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) d. Dia Evtimova (BUL) 64 64

Elitsa Kostova (BUL) d. Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 63 76(4)

Oksana Kalashnikova/Sofia Shapatava (GEO) d. Dia Evtimova/Elitsa Kostova (BUL) 63 62
Pool D

Croatia defeated Belgium 2-1
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Ana Vrljic (CRO) 62 64

Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 46 64

Darija Jurak/Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Kirsten Flipkens/Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 62

 

Israel defeated Latvia 2-1
Julia Glushko (ISR) d. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 75 63

Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) 61 61

Darta-Elizabete Emulina/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. Alona Pushkarevsky/Keren Shlomo (ISR) 63 26 63

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Guangdong Olympic Sports Centre, Guangzhou, China, P.R. (hard – outdoor)

 

Pool A

Japan defeated Uzbekistan 3-0
Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 63

Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 26 60 63

Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Arina Folts/Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 64 64

 

Korea, Rep. defeated Hong Kong, China 3-0
Han Na-Lae (KOR) d. Wu Ho Ching (HKG) 63 75

Jang Su Jeong (KOR) d. Zhang Ling (HKG) 26 64 62

Choi Ji-Hee/Lee So-Ra (KOR) d. Ng Man Ying/ Sher Chun-Wing (HKG) 63 62

 

Pool B

 

Kazakhstan defeated Thailand 2-1
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 67(3) 75 62

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (THA) 60 60

Luksika Kumkhum/Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Kamila Kerimbayeva/Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 16 63

 

China, P.R. defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1
Wang Qiang (CHN) d. Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 61 63

Zheng Saisai (CHN) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 62 46 4-0 ret.

Chan Hao-Ching/Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) d. Wang Qiang/Zheng Saisai (CHN) 1-2 ret.

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: La Loma Centro Deportivo, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (hard – outdoor)

 

Pool A

Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1
Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) d. Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) 76(3) 46 62

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) d. Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 76(6) 75

Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez/Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (COL) d. Gabriela Ce/Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 36 5-4 ret.
Pool B

Paraguay defeated Venezuela 3-0
Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Viviana Onorato (VEN) 60 60

Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. Mariaryeni Gutierrez (VEN) 63 62

Camila Giangreco Campiz/Sara Gimenez (PAR) d. Mariaryeni Gutierrez/Viviana Onorato (VEN) 75 63

 

Mexico defeated Bolivia 2-1
Marcela Zacarias (MEX) d. Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 06 75 62

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) d. Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) 26 62 63

Victoria Rodriguez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 62 57 61

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II

Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallin, Estonia (hard – indoor)

 

Pool A

South Africa defeated Bosnia/Herzegovina 2-1
Chanel Simmonds (RSA) d. Damira Muminovic (BIH) 64 62

Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Jelena Simic (BIH) 64 60

Jelena Simic/Jasmina Tinjic (BIH) d. Ilze Hattingh/Michelle Sammons (RSA) 64 62

Estonia defeated Egypt 2-1
Anett Kontaveit (EST) d. Sandra Samir (EGY) 61 61

Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Ola Abou Zekry (EGY) 60 61

Ola Abou Zekry/Dina Hegab (EGY) d. Valeria Gorlats/Julia Skripnik (EST) 62 36 76(3)

Pool B

Finland defeated Luxembourg 3-0
Oona Orpana (FIN) d. Eleonora Molinaro  (LUX) 75 64

Piia Suomalainen (FIN) d. Claudine Schaul (LUX) 61 62

Ella Leivo (FIN)/ Roosa Timonen d. Sharon Pesch/Jo Weisen (LUX) 76(4) 60

Slovenia defeated Ireland 2-1
Tadeja Majeric (SLO) d. Lauren Deegan (IRL) 57 61 63

Amy Bowtell (IRL) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 76(7) 4-6 ret.

Andreja Klepac/Manca Pislak (SLO) d. Amy Bowtell/Rachael Dillon (IRL) 62 63

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Draws announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

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(February 6, 2015) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 7-8 February.

Four Zone Group events are also taking place this week: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Budapest, Hungary (4-7 February); Americas Zone Group I in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4-7 February); Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Guangzhou, China (4-7 February); and Europe/Africa Zone Group II in Tallinn, Estonia (4-7 February).

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

CANADA v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: PEPS, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoors)

 

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) v Tereza Smitkova (CZE)

Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Tereza Smitkova (CZE)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Denisa Allertova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

ITALY v FRANCE

Venue: 105 Stadium, Genoa, ITA (clay – indoors)

 

Sara Errani (ITA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
Sara Errani (ITA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Roberta Vinci/Karin Knapp (ITA) v Kristina Mladenovic/Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

POLAND v RUSSIA

Venue: Krakow Arena, Krakow, POL (hard – indoors)

 

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) v Vitalia Diatchenko/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

GERMANY v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, GER (hard – indoors)

 

Angelique Kerber (GER) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Julia Goerges/Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS)

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

NETHERLANDS v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Omnisport Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, NED (clay – indoors)

 

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Magdalena Rybarikova/Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)

ROMANIA v SPAIN

Venue: Danube Arena, Galati, ROU (hard – indoors)

 

Simona Halep (ROU) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
Simona Halep (ROU) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Alexandra Dulgheru/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Lara Arruabarrena/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)

SWEDEN v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Helsingborg Arena, Helsingborg, SWE (hard – indoors)

 

Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Sofia Arvidsson/Susanne Celik (SWE) v Viktorija Golubic/Xenia Knoll (SUI)

ARGENTINA v USA

Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)

 

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Venus Williams (USA)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Serena Williams (USA)
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Serena Williams (USA)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Venus Williams (USA)

Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) v Taylor Townsend/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

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Tennis Channel to Air Live Coverage of US versus Argentina Fed Cup Tie

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LOS ANGELES, Feb.5, 2015 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s first-round competition against Argentina in Buenos Aires this weekend, beginning at 9 a.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 8. The United States must defeat Argentina to keep its hopes alive to qualify for the 2016 Fed Cup tournament. World No. 1 and reigning Australian Open champion Serena Williams will join her sister Venus, Coco Vandeweghe and Taylor Townsend as they fight for a spot in next year’s competition after losing matches to Italy and France last year.

 

In addition to televising United States-Argentina this weekend, Tennis Channel will cover the 2015 Fed Cup first-round competition between Poland and Russia live, in Krakow, Poland, beginning at 6 a.m. ET Saturday and SundayAustralian Open finalist and World No. 2 Maria Sharapova will lead the charge against Poland and World No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska.

Tennis Channel’s live Fed Cup coverage is as follows (all time ET):

Saturday, Feb. 7:

6a.m. -Singles #1 Poland v. Russia

8a.m. -Singles #2 Poland v. Russia

9a.m. -Singles #1 USA v. Argentina

11a.m. -Singles #2 USA v. Argentina

 

Sunday, Feb. 8:

6a.m. -Singles #3 Poland v. Russia

8a.m. -Singles #4 Poland v. Russia

9a.m. -Singles #3 USA v. Argentina

11a.m. -Singles #4 USA v. Argentina

1p.m. - Doubles USA v. Argentina

 

The United States and Argentina have faced each other four times in Fed Cup play, with the United States winning all but one of those meetings. The most recent competition was during the 2009 Fed Cup first round, when the U.S. team beat Argentina 3-2 in Surprise, Ariz. Argentina captured its sole victory against the United States in 1993 in the quarterfinalThe American squad must defeat Argentina and then win another head-to-head Fed Cup competition in April in order to qualify for the 2016 tournament. This weekend’s match marks the second time in its history that the American squad will be playing outside of the Fed Cup’s top division. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup championships, the most recent in 2000.

 

Retired tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, a member of the winning U.S. Fed Cup team in 1996, will lead the United States team for her seventh year as captain. Serena Williams captured her 19th Grand Slam singles title at this year’s Australian Open after defeating Sharapova in the final. Williams is now tied for third place on the all-time singles list, breaking her former tie with fellow Americans Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. She also holds four Olympic gold medals, including one in singles and three in doubles with her sister Venus.  Vandeweghe recently advanced to the quarterfinals in Auckland, New Zealand, and enters this weekend’s match after a third-round appearance at the Australian Open. Townsend, Fed Cup newcomer and World No. 1 ranked junior in 2012, climbed the rankings last year after an impressive third-round performance at the French Open and won two $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit events.

 

If Argentina wins this weekend it will advance to the Fed Cup playoff in April and compete for a chance to qualify for the 2016 Fed Cup tournament. Argentina’s team is captained by Maria- Jose Gaidano and features Paula Ormaechea, Maria Irigoyen, Nadia Podoroska and Tatiana Bua.

 

In addition to daylong Fed Cup coverage this weekend, Tennis Channel will also periodically look in at the men’s tournaments in Montpellier, France; Zagreb, Croatia and Quito, Ecuador, this weekend, as part of its world-whip around telecast.

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Vandeweghe and Townsend to Replace Keys and Lepchenko On US Fed Cup Team

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From the USTA: (February 4, 2015) Coco Vandeweghe and Taylor Townsend will replace Madison Keys and Varvara Lepchenko on the U.S. Fed Cup Team roster for the World Group II First Round in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Keys suffered a leg injury in the Australian Open en route to her first career Grand Slam semifinal, while Lepchenko suffered an illness after competing in Australia and is still recovering.

 

Vandeweghe, 23, is ranked a career-high No. 32 in the world after a strong start to the year, where she reached the third round of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand. Vandeweghe made her only appearance on the U.S. Fed Cup Team in the 2010 World Group Final against Italy in San Diego. Townsend, 18, is ranked No. 96 in the world and is making her Fed Cup debut. Vandeweghe and Townsend join Serena Williams and Venus Williams, who were named to the U.S. team last week by U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez.

 

The United States will face Argentina on an outdoor red clay court at the Pilara Tennis Club in Buenos Aires, February 7-8. The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 18-19, to compete for a spot in the 2016 World Group. This will mark the fifth matchup between the U.S. and Argentina in Fed Cup competition, where the United States holds a 3-1 record over Argentina.

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