February 8, 2016

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens Give USA 2-0 Lead Over Poland in Fed Cup

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(February 6, 2016) After the first day of play, the United States leads Poland, 2-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round played on outdoor hard court at the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village.

 

The U.S. is 20-0 when leading 2-0 after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995). The U.S. is 37-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home.

 

In the first singles match of the day, Sloane Stephens, the United States’ No. 2 singles player, defeated Poland’s No. 1 player Magda Linette, 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 13 minutes. Stephens trailed, 0-4, in the second set before making a comeback and winning the set.

“I definitely had a little fart there at the beginning of the second set, but I regrouped well and I was happy that I was able to play some solid tennis towards the end,” Stephens said.

“It happens, so all I can really take from that is that I tried my butt off and never gave up. That’s all that really counts.

“I kind of just ran out of gas. Needed some sugar. I had some caffeine and a little taste of a bar and I felt better. I got my energy back up and I was kind of bouncing around again and I felt good. So I think that definitely helped a little bit.

Stephens and Linette had met once on the WTA Tour last year in Washington D.C., where Stephens went on to win her first career WTA title. Stephens is now 2-2 in singles in Fed Cup, while Linette is 1-4.

In the second singles match, former world No. 1 Venus Williams defeated world No. 153 Paula Kania, 7-5, 6-2, in one hour and 12 minutes. Williams and Kania had previously met once on the WTA Tour in 2014 in Stanford, where Williams won 6-3, 6-2. Williams is now 18-2 in singles in Fed Cup. Kania was making her Fed Cup singles debut.

“She had some good shots; she played well; I had a few errors,” Williams said.

“I think I at 5-4 I was actually very relaxed. I think her strengths is playing from behind. I think when she was in front it wasn’t as comfortable for her.

“So just that game, I put some balls in, she missed a few, and at 5-All I probably had more experience than she did.”

“It’s never easy to play Fed Cup because you’re playing for more than yourself. I just get pumped,” said Williams. “The whole crowd is here for you and there’s no other feeling like it in tennis.”

ORDER OF PLAY AND RESULTS

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME      MATCH             PAIRING

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.       Singles A:              Sloane Stephens (USA) def. Magda Linette (POL), 6-2, 6-4

Singles B:             Venus Williams (USA) def. Paula Kania (POL), 7-5, 6-2

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.         Singles C:             Venus Williams (USA) vs. Magda Linette (POL)

Singles D:             Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Paula Kania (POL)

Doubles:               Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) vs Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

Each country’s top singles players will meet on Sunday – Venus Williams (USA) vs. Magda Linette (POL) and Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Paula Kania (POL) – as well as a doubles match pitting CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) against Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska (POL).

 

In Sunday’s first match of the day, Williams will face off against Linette. World No. 12 Williams and world No. 96 Linette have never met on the WTA Tour. The second singles match on Sunday will feature Sloane Stephens and Paula Kania. World No. 25 Stephens and world No. 153 Kania have also never met in WTA competition.

 

Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands are scheduled to take on Rosolska and Jans-Ignacik, who is serving as Poland’s playing captain. Vandeweghe reached the mixed doubles final at this year’s Australian Open and is ranked No. 46 in the world in doubles. Mattek-Sands, ranked No. 6 in the world in doubles, won the 2015 Australian Open and French Open women’s doubles titles with Lucie Safarova and has won 17 career WTA doubles titles overall. Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands have never paired up for a doubles match before. Rosolska and Jans-Ignacik have played doubles together 16 times, the last coming in Fed Cup last year. Rosolska is ranked No. 46 in doubles and has won four WTA doubles titles, while Jans-Ignacik is ranked No. 50 in doubles and has won three WTA doubles titles.

 

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2017.

 

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. holds an overall 144-36 record.

 

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Fed Cup Results

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(February 6, 2016) Saturday’s results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 6-7 February. The final day results from the four Zone Group events are also below.

 

Argentina, Belgium, Chinese Taipei and Ukraine have all qualified for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April after winning their Zone Group I promotion play-offs on Saturday.

 

The draw for the World Group II play-offs will take place at the ITF office in London on Tuesday 9 February at 12pm GMT.

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

ROMANIA level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 67(4) 64 62

Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 64

Simona Halep (ROU) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU) v Denisa Allertova/Barbora Strycova (CZE)

 

GERMANY level with SWITZERLAND 1-1

Venue: Leipziger Messe, Leipzig, GER (hard – indoor)

Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 64

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 61 63

Angelique Kerber (GER) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Annika Beck/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) v Viktorija Golubic/Martina Hingis (SUI)

 

FRANCE level with ITALY 1-1

Venue: Palais des Sports de Marseille, Marseille, FRA (hard – indoor)

Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 16 64 61

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 63 75

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Oceane Dodin/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Martina Caregaro/Sara Errani (ITA)

 

NETHERLANDS leads RUSSIA 2-0

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 63 64

Richel Hogenkamp (NED) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(4) 57 108

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Darya Kasatkina/Maria Sharapova (RUS) v Cindy Burger/Arantxa Rus (NED)

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

SLOVAKIA level with AUSTRALIA 1-1

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

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Arina Rodionova (AUS) 57 75 60

Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 63 64

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Arina Rodionova (AUS)

Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS)

 

CANADA level with BELARUS 1-1

Venue: PEPS, Québec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 64 26 63

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 62 62

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Carol Zhao (CAN) v Olga Govortsova/Vera Lapko (BLR)

 

USA leads POLAND 2-0

Venue: Holua Tennis Center, Kailua Kona, USA (hard – outdoor)

Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Magda Linette (POL) 62 64

Venus Williams (USA) d. Paula Kania (POL) 75 62

Venus Williams (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

SPAIN leads SERBIA 2-0

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

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 63 61

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 62

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Ivana Jorovic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Lara Arruabarrena/Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Municipal Tennis Centre, Eilat, Israel (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Promotion play-offs

 

BELGIUM defeated GREAT BRITAIN 2-0

Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) d. Katie Swan (GBR) 63 36 63

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Heather Watson (GBR) 64 36 64

Marie Benoit/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) v Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) – not played

 

UKRAINE defeated ISRAEL 3-0

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Julia Glushko (ISR) 76(1) 76(2)

Kateryna Bondarenko/Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Shelly Krolitzky/Alona Pushkarevsky (ISR) 62 62

 

5th to 8th place play-offs

 

GEORGIA defeated BULGARIA 2-1

Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) d. Dia Evtimova (BUL) 06 64 62

Isabella Shinikova (BUL) d. Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 16 76(1) 64

Oksana Kalashnikova/Sofia Shapatava (GEO) d. Elitsa Kostova/Isabella Shinikova (BUL) 62 46 64

 

CROATIA defeated PORTUGAL 2-0

Silvia Njiric (CRO) d. Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 64 63

Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) 62 62

Michelle Larcher De Brito/Ines Murta (POR) v Darija Jurak/Tena Lukas (CRO) – not played

 

Relegation play-offs

 

HUNGARY defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-0

Anna Bondar (HUN) d. Ilze Hattingh (RSA) 60 61

Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) d. Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 60 63

Michelle Sammons/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) v Dalma Galfi/Fanni Stollar (HUN) – not played

 

TURKEY defeated SWEDEN 2-0

Ipek Soylu (TUR) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 63 62

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 26 64 60

Jacqueline Cabaj Awad/Cornelia Lister (SWE) v Cagla Buyukakcay/Ipek Soylu (TUR) – not played

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Country Club Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (clay – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Promotion play-off

 

ARGENTINA defeated PARAGUAY 2-0

Catalina Pella (ARG) d. Camila Giangreco Campiz (PAR) 60 62

Nadia Podoroska (ARG) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 64 63

Camila Giangreco Campiz/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) v Maria Irigoyen/Catalina Pella (ARG) – not played

 

3rd to 4th place play-off

 

BRAZIL defeated MEXICO 2-0

Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) d. Renata Zarazua (MEX) 63 62

Gabriela Ce (BRA) d. Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) 61 30 ret.

Victoria Rodriguez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) v Paula Cristina Goncalves/Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) – not played

 

Relegation play-offs

 

BOLIVIA defeated PERU 2-0

Noelia Zeballos (BOL) d. Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) 46 75 61

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) d. Dominique Schaefer (PER) 63 64

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) v Anastasia Iamachkine/Dominique Schaefer (PER) – not played

 

COLOMBIA defeated ECUADOR 2-0

Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) d. Marie Elise Casares (ECU) 64 62

Emiliana Arango (COL) d. Camila Romero (ECU) 63 62

Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez/Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (COL) v Rafaella Baquerizo/Camila Romero (ECU) – not played

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: True Arena Hua Hin, Hua Hin, Thailand (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Promotion play-off

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated JAPAN 2-1

Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 61 64

Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) d. Nao Hibino (JPN) 46 63 63

Hao-Ching Chan/Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) d. Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) 63 63

 

3rd to 4th place play-off

 

CHINA, P.R. defeated THAILAND 2-1

Yafan Wang (CHN) d. Kamonwan Buayam (THA) 62 67(3) 62

Qiang Wang (CHN) d. Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 62 46 62

Luksika Kumkhum/Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) d. Chen Liang/Qiang Wang (CHN) 57 76(2) 64

 

5th to 6th place play-off

 

INDIA defeated KAZAKHSTAN 2-0

Prerna Bhambri (IND) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 46 62

Ankita Raina (IND) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 76(2) 60

Ankita Raina/Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) d. Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) – not played

 

Relegation play-off

 

KOREA, REP. defeated UZBEKISTAN 2-0

Na-Lae Han (KOR) d. Arina Folts (UZB) 60 67(6) 60

Su Jeong Jang (KOR) d. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 63 60

Na-Lae Han/Su Jeong Jang (KOR) d. Nigina Abduraimova/Arina Folts (UZB) – not played

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II

Venue: Centro De Tenis Honda, Bayamón, Puerto Rico (hard – outdoors)

1-6 February

 

Promotion play-offs

 

VENEZUELA defeated GUATEMALA 2-0

Aymet Uzcategui (VEN) d. Kirsten-Andrea Weedon (GUA) 62 63

Andrea Gamiz (VEN) d. Melissa Morales (GUA) 61 63

Andrea Gamiz/Aymet Uzcategui (VEN) v Melissa Morales/Kirsten-Andrea Weedon (GUA) – not played

 

CHILE defeated PUERTO RICO 2-1

Andrea Koch-Benvenuto (CHI) d. Julieanne Bou (PUR) 62 60

Monica Puig (PUR) d. Daniela Seguel (CHI) 61 62

Andrea Koch-Benvenuto/Daniela Seguel (CHI) d. Ana Sofia Cordero/Monica Puig (PUR) 61 36 75

 

5th to 8th place play-offs

 

URUGUAY defeated HONDURAS 2-0

Florencia Rossi (URU) d. Daniela Obando (HON) 62 60

Margot Mercier (URU) d. Alejandra Obando (HON) 76(4) 36 76(2)

Natalie Gabriela Espinal Sanchez/Ana Gabriela Zavala Mata (HON) v Margot Mercier/Florencia Rossi (URU) – not played

 

COSTA RICA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2-0

Mariella Calderon (CRC) d. Penelope Abreu (DOM) 61 61

Camila Quesada (CRC) d. Luisanna Rodriguez (DOM) 61 61

Penelope Abreu/Luisanna Rodriguez (DOM) v Mariella Calderon/Camila Quesada (CRC) – not played

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ATP Results – Sofia, Montpellier and Quito

ATP World Tour 250
Sofia, Bulgaria (+2 hours GMT)
1-7 February 2016 Surface: Hard
Garanti Koza Sofia Open

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [6] G. Muller (LUX) 76(5) 64
[2] V. Troicki (SRB) d [7] M. Klizan (SVK) 46 63 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d T. de Bakker (NED) / R. Haase (NED) 26 76(3) 11-9

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTER COURT start 2:40 pm
P. Oswald (AUT) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) vs [3] W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [2] V. Troicki (SRB)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
1-7 February 2016 Surface: Hard

Open Sud De France

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] D. Brown (GER) 16 64 63
P. Mathieu (FRA) d A. Zverev (GER) 76(11) 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d [PR] M. Bhupathi (IND) / J. Marray (GBR) 26 62 10-3

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Quito, Ecuador (-5 hours GMT)
1-7 February 2016 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] T. Bellucci (BRA) d [6] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 36 62 63
[5] V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [7] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 62 76(5)

Doubles – Final
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / G. Duran (ARG) d T. Bellucci (BRA) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 75 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2016

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[3] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs [5] V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)

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Fed Cup Canada vs Belarus: Wozniak does it again

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By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(February 6, 2016) QUEBEC CITY – Canada and Belarus will head into Day 2 of their Fed Cup World Group II first round match-up in Quebec City deadlocked at  1-1. After Aliaksandra Sasnovich defeated François Abanda 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, Olga Govortsova failed to followed suit, losing to a resurgent Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2, 6-2.

On paper, a lot separated Abanda, ranked 343rd in the world, to Sasnovich 99th . The Canadian, who had seen her ranking drop dramatically in the past year, had struggled with consistency in 2015. Her game, which is based on power and athletic abilities, can often derail into series of unforced errors due to intensity gaps. Nevertheless, she often played inspired tennis in Fed Cup in the past, seemingly inspired by the exuberant crowds and patriotic aspect of the competition.

Not much separated both players at the start of the first set. As expected, Abanda slipped into the role of the aggressor, moving Sasnovich around with heavy hitting from both sides. The Belarusian, who has had a lot of success in the past on indoor fast surfaces, went for a more conservative approach. After both players traded multiple breaks at the start of the match, Abanda got her first opening when, up 4-3, she was up 15-30 on Sasnovich’s serve. After three loose errors from the Canadian, the Belarussian held for 4-all and never looked back, wrapping up the set 6-4 in 41 minutes.

Abanda’s game seemed to settle in the second set, as she took an early 3-0 lead with more control on her aggressive tennis. On the other side of the net, the Belarusian struggled to move past her passive game style, giving the Canadian time to whip up multiple winners. The story continued until, after 35 minutes, the local player reeled off the last four points on two return winners and two double faults to level the match at one set apiece, winning the second 6-2.

The start of the third set saw both players finding their range simultaneously, giving the crowd higher quality tennis. While Abanda continued to put a lot of pressure on Sasnovich, the Belarusian decided to step up the aggression and move the Canadian around. Both players traded blows until 2-all, when Abanda took at 40-15 lead. Similarly to the first set, the Canadian couldn’t convert multiple game points and gave away a crucial break. This sent the momentum Belarus’ way, and after breaking again at 5-3, Sasnovich gave Belarus a 1-0 lead, concluding the 2-hour affair 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Asked on what made the difference in such a close match, Sasnovich replied: ”I played for my country, I played for my parents, I played with my heart”. For Abanda, she tried to see the positive in a close defeat to a top 100 player: “It was only a few key pressure points that made the difference. I want to play aggressive and I did. I have plenty more matches to go this year and some high objectives for myself, starting with tomorrow”.

The level of pressure on Abanda’s shoulders was relieved a bit by Aleksandra Wozniak, who leveled the tie by playing like her former top 30 self in a 6-2 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova. Flawless from the get-go, the Canadian confirmed her spot as the best Canadian player in the history of Fed Cup competition as she dismissed the highest ranked player of the weekend convincingly. Wozniak, now ranked outside of the top 800 in the world following one year away from the courts due to a major shoulder injury, controlled the match from the baseline in an impressive showing of aggressive-but-clean tennis.

“I’m so excited to be back playing Fed Cup, in front of the best fans in the world!”, she claimed in her post-match interview. ‘We had a great week of preparation and playing at home, it gives you that extra energy that is so important.’

Asked on what made Fed Cup special, she replied: “I never say no to Fed Cup and to represent my country. It’s a privilege. Tennis is such an individual sport, when you have the chance to play as a team, as a family, it’s special.” This may be seen as a comment directed to top Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who has decided to skip Fed Cup this weekend to focus on her singles career. Wozniak, earlier this week, had mentioned that “everyone has a busy schedule, it then only becomes a personal choice.”

All with therefore be decided in the second and final day of the tie. Abanda is set to play first against Govortsova, while Wozniak will follow against Sasnovich. A doubles match will be played; teams would most likely be decided last minute, but Canadian players Dabrowski and Zhao, winners of the most recent PanAm games, were seen practicing on site following the singles matches. Play will start at 12pm EST at the Peps in Laval University, Quebec City.

 

 

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Fed Cup Canada vs Belarus: Out of sight, in everyone’s mind

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Aleksandra Wozniak

Fed Cup Canada vs Belarus: Out of sight, in everyone’s mind.

by Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(February 5, 2016) QUEBEC CITY It seems  as though year after year, the biggest story of the Canadian Fed Cup events in Quebec City lies more in who doesn’t show up than who does. Last year, it was Eugenie Bouchard, who was yo-yoing between presence and absence for weeks before deciding to skip the World Group I encounter against the Czechs (Canada lost 0-4). This week, all eyes were on Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion and former No. 1, who had originally confirmed her intentions to show up in Canada but went MIA for most of the week. After a lot of uncertainty from the Belarus team captain over the week, it was confirmed at the draw ceremony held earlier today that Azarenka would not play this weekend in the World Group II first round between Canada and Belarus.

No official reasons were given for Azarenka’s absence, but a tweet from the Belarussian earlier this week was often brought back to the table: two simple emoji, one with an apparent fever and the other with a sad face. Both the press and public showed disappointment at Azarenka’s absence, and one may expect a lower crowd turnout at the Peps at Laval University.

While the Canadian team publicly stated that Azarenka’s absence doesn’t change anything for their preparation, they must be quite elated that their chances, which were very slim, got a bit better. Indeed, when highest-ranked Canadian Bouchard announced that she would skip the event to focus on playing tournaments to qualify for the Olympics (Bouchard later withdrew from her planned event in Rio played in two weeks), Canada had lost their only player ranked in the WTA top 300 singles rankings. With Belarus coming in with three players in the top 100 with Azarenka (14th), Olga Govortsova (74th) and Aliaksandra Sasnovich (99th), the hill seemed pretty steep.

All isn’t lost for Canada, as both Francoise Abanda and Aleksandra Wozniak, who are scheduled to play singles this weekend, have had inspired performances in Fed Cup in the past. At the same time last year, Abanda, who turned 19 on Friday, was on the rise and seen as one of the most promising junior players in the world. In Fed Cup, she played inspired tennis against Romania, beating top 50 player Begu and losing closely against Dulgheru. But a series of injuries and disappointing loses has seen the young Canadian drop more than 200 places in the ranking in the past 12 months. Nevertheless, she is talented, hits with a ton of power, and is passionate about playing for her country.

This is something Aleksandra Wozniak can relate to. The former top 25 player is trying yet another comeback from injury, as she was derailed off the courts for almost a year between September 2014 and August 2015. Through the past ten years, Wozniak has been a staple of the Canadian team: she is the player with the most ties played (34), most singles wins (31) and most overall wins (38) in the history of the country. A player who is usually pretty stoic and composed on court, she has always expressed more emotion when playing for her country, including in an emotional three set win against Slovakia on the same courts in April 2014. Canadian Captain Sylvain Bruneau will be hoping his players recapture some of that patriotic magic over the weekend.

Singles matches will start on Saturday with both Wozniak and Abanda looking to put their careers back on track, while Govortsova and Sasnovich, who both have had good success on indoor and fast surfaces, will be the clear favorites. Reverse singles and a possibly decisive doubles match will be played on Sunday and matches will start both days at noon Eastern Time.

 

Schedule: World Group II 1st Round – Canada vs Belarus.

 

Saturday February 6th, 12pm EST.

Françoise Abanda (CAN) vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) vs Olga Govortsova (BLR)

 

Sunday February 7th, 12pm EST

Françoise Abanda (CAN) vs Olga Govortsova (BLR)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Carol Zhao (CAN) vs Olga Govortsova/Vera Lapko (BLR)

 

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Fed Cup Preview: USA vs Poland in Hawaii

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(February 5, 2016) Fed Cup is taking place in Hawaii for the first time, as Kailua-Kona hosts the United States and Poland in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round on an outdoor hard court at the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, February 6-7.

“I think it’s important to grow tennis in countries that don’t see it very often, in communities that don’t see it very often,” said US Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez.

“It’s nice to be here playing Fed Cup for the first time and get new fans, hopefully encourage new children, new players to get involved in the game. This is one way of doing that.”

 

The United States brings a strong team to Hawaii, led by world No. 12 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and world No. 25 Sloane Stephens. CoCo Vandeweghe, who is ranked No. 46 in singles and also reached the mixed doubles final at the 2016 Australian Open, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who is ranked in the Top 10 in the world in doubles, also anchor the team.

 

In Saturday’s first singles match of the day, Sloane Stephens, the United States’ No. 2 singles player, will face off against Poland’s No. 1 player Magda Linette, ranked No. 96 in the world. Stephens and Linette have met once on the WTA Tour last year in Washington D.C., where Stephens went on to win her first career WTA title. In Washington D.C., Stephens defeated Linette, 6-2, 6-1. Stephens and Linette also met as junior players in 2008 at the Eddie Herr, which Stephens also won. Stephens is coming off her second WTA title, winning Auckland prior to the 2016 Australian Open.

” It’s the greatest honor play for your country and be on a team when every week you’re by yourself, Stephens said. “It makes it really fun. Of course, with girls you actually do like and enjoy being around makes it a good week and makes it a lot of fun.”

“I played before in Israel, in Eilat, which is also next to the sea,” Linette said. “But it’s obviously not this beautiful. I’m really enjoying. I believe my team also.

“We are very happy we can be here. We’re just enjoying and we try just to practice as good as we can on the tennis court, and then we just try to enjoy everything else out of the court. We really like it.”

The second singles match on Saturday will feature the United States’ top player Venus Williams versus world No. 153 Paula Kania. Williams and Kania have met once on the WTA Tour in 2014 in Stanford, where Williams won 6-3, 6-2.

“I enjoy being on the team,” said Williams. “I have a really good time on the team. It’s just a fun time. You don’t usually get to do this in tennis. It’s a different experience that you don’t get to have when you grow up as a tennis player, and you’re always solo from beginning to the end. It’s a moment where it’s a break from that.”

Hawaii becomes the 16th state to host Fed Cup. Hawaii hosted Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, in Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Racquet Club in the 1992 World Group First Round, where the U.S. team of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras swept Argentina, 5-0. Hawaii also hosted the SportMaster Tennis Championships of Maui, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s Challenger, in mid-January in Maui and was joined by a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event that same week for the first time this year.

 

The United States holds a 3-0 record over Poland in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Poland in the 1990 World Group First Round in Atlanta, sweeping the tie, 3-0. The U.S., who also faced Poland in 1974 and 1980, has never lost a point in Fed Cup to Poland. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in St. Louis, as the team competed on the road against Argentina and Italy last year.

 

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2017.

 

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. is 37-6 in ties played at home and holds an overall 144-36 record.

 

Weekend Line-up

USA v POLAND

Venue: Holua Tennis Center, Kailua Kona, USA (hard – outdoor)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Venus Williams (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Venus Williams (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

Tennis Channel To Air U.S. Versus Poland Fed Cup Tie

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Fed Cup Draws for World Group and World Group II ties and Zone Group 1 Results

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(February 5, 2016) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 6-7 February.

 

Three Zone Group I events are also taking place on 3-6 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Eilat, Israel; Americas Zone Group I in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Hua Hin, Thailand.

 

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events are bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

ROMANIA v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU) v Denisa Allertova/Barbora Strycova (CZE)

 

GERMANY v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Leipziger Messe, Leipzig, GER (hard – indoor)

Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Angelique Kerber (GER) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Angelique Kerber (GER) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Annika Beck/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) v Viktorija Golubic/Martina Hingis (SUI)

 

FRANCE v ITALY

Venue: Palais des Sports de Marseille, Marseille, FRA (hard – indoor)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Oceane Dodin/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Martina Caregaro/Sara Errani (ITA)

 

RUSSIA v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Darya Kasatkina/Maria Sharapova (RUS) v Cindy Burger/Arantxa Rus (NED)

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

SLOVAKIA v AUSTRALIA

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

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Arina Rodionova (AUS)

Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Jana Cepelova (SVK) v Arina Rodionova (AUS)

Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS)

 

CANADA v BELARUS

Venue: PEPS, Québec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Carol Zhao (CAN) v Olga Govortsova/Vera Lapko (BLR)

 

USA v POLAND

Venue: Holua Tennis Center, Kailua Kona, USA (hard – outdoor)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Venus Williams (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Venus Williams (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

SERBIA v SPAIN

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

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Ivana Jorovic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Lara Arruabarrena/Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)

 

The ITF has announced the latest results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events taking place on 3-6 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Eilat, Israel; Americas Zone Group I in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Hua Hin, Thailand.

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Municipal Tennis Centre, Eilat, Israel (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

POOL A

 

UKRAINE defeated SWEDEN 3-0

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 61 63

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 16 62 60

Olga Savchuk/Anastasiya Vasylyeva (UKR) d. Jacqueline Cabaj Awad/Cornelia Lister (SWE) 62 64

 

POOL B

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated GEORGIA 2-1

Katie Swan (GBR) d. Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) 63 63

Heather Watson (GBR) d. Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 62 60

Oksana Kalashnikova/Sofia Shapatava (GEO) d. Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) 62 64

 

POOL C

 

ESTONIA defeated TURKEY 2-1

Basak Eraydin (TUR) d. Valeria Gorlats (EST) 62 63

Anett Kontaveit (EST) d. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 76(6) 64

Anett Kontaveit/Maileen Nuudi (EST) d. Cagla Buyukakcay/Ipek Soylu (TUR) 64 62

 

ISRAEL defeated CROATIA 2-1

Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Tena Lukas (CRO) 36 61 62

Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Julia Glushko (ISR) 76(4) 61

Julia Glushko/Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Darija Jurak/Ana Konjuh (CRO) 64 76(2)

 

POOL D

 

BELGIUM defeated BULGARIA 3-0

Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) d. Elitsa Kostova (BUL) 63 36 63

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62

Marie Benoit/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) d. Dia Evtimova/Isabella Shinikova (BUL) 67(4) 62 64

 

LATVIA defeated HUNGARY 2-1

Anna Bondar (HUN) d. Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) 64 64

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) 63 62

Diana Marcinkevica/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. Dalma Galfi/Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) 76(2) 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Country Club Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (clay – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

POOL A

 

PARAGUAY defeated COLOMBIA 2-1

Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) d. Camila Giangreco Campiz (PAR) 64 63

Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (COL) 60 62

Camila Giangreco Campiz/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Emiliana Arango/Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) 63 63

 

MEXICO defeated BOLIVIA 2-1

Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) d. Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 63 57 75

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) d. Victoria Rodriguez (MEX) 63 62

Ana Sofia Sanchez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 64 16 76(3)

 

POOL B

 

ARGENTINA defeated BRAZIL 2-1

Nadia Podoroska (ARG) d. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 75 63

Teliana Pereira (BRA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 60

Maria Irigoyen/Catalina Pella (ARG) d. Paula Cristina Goncalves/Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 63 63

 

ECUADOR defeated PERU 2-1

Rafaella Baquerizo (ECU) d. Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) 63 61

Dominique Schaefer (PER) d. Charlotte Roemer (ECU) 61 46 76(3)

Rafaella Baquerizo/Camila Romero (ECU) d. Bianca Botto/Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) 64 60

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: True Arena Hua Hin, Hua Hin, Thailand (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

POOL A

 

JAPAN defeated THAILAND 2-1

Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (THA) d. Eri Hozumi (JPN) 46 75 64

Nao Hibino (JPN) d. Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 06 75 61

Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Kamonwan Buayam/Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 75 60

 

INDIA defeated UZBEKISTAN 3-0

Prerna Bhambri (IND) d. Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 61 61

Ankita Raina (IND) d. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 61 60

Sania Mirza/Ankita Raina (IND) d. Akgul Amanmuradova/Arina Folts (UZB) 62 60

 

POOL B

 

CHINA, P.R. defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-0

Wang Qiang (CHN) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 62

Zheng Saisai (CHN) d. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 63

Liang Chen/Wang Yafan (CHN) d. Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 60 ret.

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated KOREA, REP. 2-1

Han Na-Lae (KOR) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 76(1) 64

Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Jang Su Jeong (KOR) 76(5) 62

Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. Han Na-Lae/Jang Su Jeong (KOR) 63 75

 

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Fed Cup Results

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(February 4, 2016) The ITF has announced the latest results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events taking place on 3-6 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Eilat, Israel; Americas Zone Group I in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Hua Hin, Thailand.

 

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events are bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

 

The 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties are taking place on 6-7 February.

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Municipal Tennis Centre, Eilat, Israel (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

POOL A

 

PORTUGAL defeated SWEDEN 2-1

Maria Joao Koehler (POR) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 63 64

Rebecca Peterson (SWE) d. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) 76(5) 64

Maria Joao Koehler/Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) d. Cornelia Lister/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 63 63

 

POOL B

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-0

Katie Swan (GBR) d. Ilze Hattingh (RSA) 63 60

Heather Watson (GBR) d. Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 63 63

Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) d. Madrie Le Roux/Michelle Sammons (RSA) 63 62

 

POOL C

 

CROATIA defeated TURKEY 2-1

Tena Lukas (CRO) d. Ipek Soylu (TUR) 76(4) 75

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Ana Konjuh (CRO) 63 26 63

Darija Jurak/Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Cagla Buyukakcay/Pemra Ozgen (TUR) 75 63

 

ISRAEL defeated ESTONIA 3-0

Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Valeria Gorlats (EST) 60 63

Julia Glushko (ISR) d. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 63 63

Julia Glushko/Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Valeria Gorlats/Maileen Nuudi (EST) 63 62

 

POOL D

 

BELGIUM defeated HUNGARY 3-0

Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) d. Fanni Stollar (HUN) 61 62

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Anna Bondar (HUN) 61 63

Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) d. Dalma Galfi/Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) 36 62 62

 

BULGARIA defeated LATVIA 2-1

Elitsa Kostova (BUL) d. Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) 26 63 63

Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 60 62

Diana Marcinkevica/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. Dia Evtimova/Isabella Shinikova (BUL) 46 60 75

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Country Club Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (clay – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

POOL A

 

MEXICO defeated COLOMBIA 3-0

Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) d. Emiliana Arango (COL) 63 60

Victoria Rodriguez (MEX) d. Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (COL) 61 64

Victoria Rodriguez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez/Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (COL) 26 64 62

 

PARAGUAY defeated BOLIVIA 2-1

Noelia Zeballos (BOL) d. Camila Giangreco Campiz (PAR) 64 46 63

Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) 62 61

Camila Giangreco Campiz/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 26 63 62

 

POOL B

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-0

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) d. Marie Elise Casares (ECU) 62 60

Gabriela Ce (BRA) d. Camila Romero (ECU) 75 60

Paula Cristina Goncalves/Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) d. Rafaella Baquerizo/Charlotte Roemer (ECU) 76(3) 63

 

ARGENTINA defeated PERU 3-0

Nadia Podoroska (ARG) d. Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) 62 61

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) d. Dominique Schaefer (PER) 76(3) 62

Maria Irigoyen/Catalina Pella (ARG) d. Bianca Botto/Dominique Schaefer (PER) 61 61

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: True Arena Hua Hin, Hua Hin, Thailand (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

POOL A

 

THAILAND defeated UZBEKISTAN 3-0

Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (THA) d. Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 75 36 63

Luksika Kumkhum (THA) d. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 61 57 63

Kamonwan Buayam/Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) d. Nigina Abduraimova/Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 75 75

 

JAPAN defeated INDIA 2-1

Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) 62 61

Ankita Raina (IND) d. Nao Hibino (JPN) 63 61

Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Sania Mirza/Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) 75 63

 

POOL B

 

CHINA, P.R. defeated KOREA, REP. 2-1

Han Na-Lae (KOR) d. Wang Yafan (CHN) 36 62 75

Wang Qiang (CHN) d. Jang Su Jeong (KOR) 63 46 60

Liang Chen/Wang Yafan (CHN) d. Han Na-Lae/Lee So-Ra (KOR) 62 61

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated KAZAKHSTAN 2-1

Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 46 76(2) 76(4)

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 63 61

Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 60

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Tennis Channel To Air U.S. Versus Poland Fed Cup Tie

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LOS ANGELES, (February 4, 2016)Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s competition against Poland in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, this weekend, with telecasts Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. ET, and Sunday, Feb. 7, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. This year the United States is battling to return to the main field of contenders for next year’s Fed Cup competition, and must defeat Poland to keep its hopes alive for the 2017 tournament. Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will lead Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands as they fight for a spot in next year’s competition.
In addition to televising United States-Poland this weekend, Tennis Channel will cover Fed Cup first-round competition between 2016 Fed Cup contenders Germany and Switzerland live, in Leipzig, Germany, beginning at 7 a.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 6, and beginning at 6 a.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 7. Australian Open champion and World No. 2 Angelique Kerber will lead the German charge against Switzerland and World No. 11 Belinda Bencic.
Sportscaster Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) and Hall of Famer and former U.S. Fed Cup player Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), will be in Kailua Kona covering the United States-Poland match for Tennis Channel this weekend. During Davenport’s Fed Cup career, she contributed to U.S. team championships in 1996, 1999 and 2000. Broadcaster Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) will call the action during the Germany-Switzerland tie this weekend, with Hall of Famer Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and former player Paul Annacone (Paul_Annacone).
Tennis Channel’s live Fed Cup coverage is as follows (all time ET):
Saturday, Feb. 6:
7 a.m. –Singles Germany v. Switzerland
4p.m. –Singles #1 USA v. Poland
6p.m. –Singles #2USA v. Poland
 
Sunday, Feb. 7:
6a.m. – Doubles Germany v. Switzerland
3p.m. –Singles #3 USA v. Poland
5p.m. –Singles #4 USA v. Poland
7p.m. – Doubles USA v. Poland
The United States hopes to uphold its unbeaten record against Poland (3-0), with victories coming in 1990, 1980 and 1974. The most recent competition was during the 1990Fed Cup first round, when the U.S. team beat Poland 3-0 in Atlanta, Georgia. The American squad must defeat Poland and then win another head-to-head Fed Cup competition in April in order to qualify for the 2017 tournament. The United States leads all nations with 17Fed Cup championships, the most recent in 2000.
The U.S. Fed Cup team is captained by retired American tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, who as a player helped her Fed Cup team win the championship in 1996. Venus Williams captured the 48th WTA title of her career at the WTA Elite Open in Zhuhai, China in November. She also holds 13 doubles titles, two mixed doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals, including one in singles and three in doubles with her sister Serena. Stephens recently defeated Julia Goerges at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, to win her second WTA title. Vandeweghe achieved her career-best result in 2015, after advancing to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. In 2015, Mattek-Sands won the Australian Open and French Open women’s doubles titles with Lucie Safarova and the French Open mixed doubles title with Mike Bryan.
If Poland wins this weekend it will qualify for a chance to play for the 2017 Fed Cup. The team is captained by Klaudia Jans-Ignacikand features Magda Linette, Paula Kania and Alicja Rosolska.
In addition to daylong Fed Cup coverage this weekend, Tennis Channel will also periodically look in at the men’s tournaments in Montpellier, France, and Quito, Ecuador, as part of its world-whipraound telecast.
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Novak Djokovic Wins 6th Australian Open Title for 11th Major Title

(January 31, 2016) Novak Djokovic captured his sixth Australian Open title on Saturday night defeating No. 2 Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3) in 2 hours and 53 minutes. For Djokovic this is his 11th major title placing him in a tie for fifth place on the all-time list with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver. His sixth title in Melbourne equals Roy Emerson’s record.

Djokovic is a perfect 6-0 in Australian Open finals, while Murray is now 0-5, four of them to No. 1 Djokovic.

Djokovic has now captured the last three major titles, going back to Wimbledon, and four of the last five.

“I don’t take anything for granted, even though I won last four out of five Grand Slams, played five finals, it’s phenomenal,” said Djokovic. “No doubt that I’m playing the best tennis of my life in the last 15 months.”

“The fact that I managed to make history tonight and equal Roy Emerson’s six Australian Open titles. Very honored to be mentioned alongside legends of our sport by Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, win as many Grand Slams as they did.

“You know, I can’t lie and say I didn’t think about it. Of course it was in back of my mind. Coming into the court I knew that I have a chance to make the history. Of course it served as a great motivation, as a great imperative to play my best.

“I tried not to think about it too much, but it was there as an encouragement, as a positive feedback, and a goal.”

As for the runner-up Murray, his next challenge will be fatherhood. The Scot’s wife is expecting their first child in the next two weeks, so he was on his way back home after the festivities.

During the trophy presentation he tearfully addressed his wife Kim: “You’ve been a legend the last two weeks. Thank you so much for all your support. “I’ll be on the next flight home.”

“I’m proud I got into this position – just quite looking forward to get home now.”

“I saw some of the stats just at the end of the match,” Murray said. “He won 25 more points than me, 26 more points. I had 25 or 26 more unforced errors.

“You know, I think I didn’t hit my forehand particularly well at the beginning of the match. I started to hit it better in the third set. But, yeah, that was it.”

Djokovic’s next mountain to climb is to win the French Open, the only major he has never captured.

“Very hungry” (to win Roland Garros). But wolf needs to eat a lot of different meals to get to Paris. Paris is a dessert.”

 

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