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Wimbledon Draws Announced – Nadal and Federer Could Meet in the Quarters

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(June 21, 2013) Defending Wimbledon champion and third seed Roger Federer could face No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Championships. The draws for Wimbledon were completed on Friday morning. Federer and Nadal are in the same half of the draw as second seed Andy Murray.

The top half of the Gentlemen’s draw has No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and fourth seed Davis Ferrer.

Potential Gentlemen’s quarterfinals: Djokovic against No.7 Tomas Berdych; Ferrer vs. No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro, Murray against No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nadal vs. Federer.

 

As for the Ladies, potential match-ups for the quarterfinals: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 7 Angelique Kerber, No. 6 Li Na vs. No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 8 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and No. 3 Maria Sharapova against No. 5 Sara Errani.

 

Gentlemen’s Singles Draw

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs Florian Mayer (GER)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) vs Steve Johnson (USA)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [28]
Gilles Simon (FRA) [19] vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Wayne Odesnik (USA) vs Jimmy Wang (TPE)
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Tommy Haas (GER) [13]
Richard Gasquet (FRA) [9] vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) vs Go Soeda (JPN)
James Blake (USA) vs Thiemo De Bakker (NED)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Sam Querrey (USA) [21]
Kevin Anderson (RSA) [27] vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Philipp Petzschner (GER) vs Michal Przysiezny (POL)
Daniel Brands (GER) vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7]

David Ferrer (ESP) [4] vs Martin Alund (ARG)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Gastao Elias (POR) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [26]
Milos Raonic (CAN) [17] vs Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Alex Kuznetsov (USA) vs Igor Sijsling (NED)
James Duckworth (AUS) vs Denis Kudla (USA)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [16]
Kei Nishikori (JPN) [12] vs Matthew Ebden (AUS)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs Aljaz Bedene (SLO)
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Denis Istomin (UZB) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA) [23]
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [29] vs Simone Bolelli (ITA)
Grega Zemlja (SLO) vs Michael Russell (USA)
Guido Pella (ARG) vs Jesse Levine (CAN)
Albert Ramos (ESP) vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8]

Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5] vs Steve Darcis (BEL)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Igor Andreev (RUS)
Stephane Robert (FRA) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
Adrian Ungur (ROU) vs Benoit Paire (FRA) [25]
John Isner (USA) [18] vs Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)
Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Dustin Brown (GER) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [11]
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) [15] vs Jurgen Zopp (EST)
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Guillaume Rufin (FRA)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Matt Reid (AUS)
Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24]
Fabio Fognini (ITA) [30] vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Julian Reister (GER) vs Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs Roger Federer (SUI) [3]

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [6] vs David Goffin (BEL)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)
Tobias Kamke (GER) vs Julien Benneteau (FRA) [31]
Juan Monaco (ARG) [22] vs Bastian Knittel (GER)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs Rajeevs Ram (USA)
Kenny De Schepper (FRA) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Marin Cilic (CRO) [10]
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) [14] vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs Albert Montanes (ESP)
Marc Gicquel (FRA) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Robin Haase (NED) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [20]
Tommy Robredo (ESP) [32] vs Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs Jan Hajek (CZE)
James Ward (GBR) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2]

 

Ladies’ Singles Draw

Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs Mandy Minella (LUX)
Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs Jie Zheng (CHN)
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) vs Carina Witthoeft (GER)
Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) vs Tamira Paszek (AUT) [28]
Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)
Olga Puchkova (RUS) vs Arantxa Rus (NED)
Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) vs Samantha Stosur (AUS) [14]
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [10] vLaura Robson (GBR)
Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) vs Julia Goerges (GER)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) vs Marina Erakovic (NZL)
A.Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs Shuai Peng (CHN) [24]
Romina Oprandi (SUI) [31] vs Alison Riske (USA)
Mallory Burdette (USA) vs Urszula Radwanska (POL)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) vs Tara Moore (GBR)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs Angelique Kerber (GER) [7]

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] vs Yvonne Meusburger (AUT)
Timea Babos (HUN) vs Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
Heather Watson (GBR) vs Madison Keys (USA)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Mona Barthel (GER) [30]
A.Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [21] vs Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
B.Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) vs Petra Martic (CRO)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs Nadia Petrova (RUS) [13]
Roberta Vinci (ITA) [11] vs Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs Jana Cepelova (SVK)
M.Torro-Flor (ESP) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) vs Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [18]
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) [32] vs Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) vs Annika Beck (GER)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) vs Simona Halep (ROU)
Michaella Krajicek (NED) vs Na Li (CHN) [6]

Sara Errani (ITA) [5] vs Monica Puig (PUR)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs Misaki Doi (JPN)
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) vs Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
Eva Birnerova (CZE) vs Varvara Lepchenko (USA) [26]
Sloane Stephens (USA) [17] vs Jamie Hampton (USA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) vs Donna Vekic (CRO)
E.Cabeza Candela (ESP) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [9]
Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] vs Elina Svitolina (UKR)
Christina McHale (USA) vs Alexa Glatch (USA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs Samantha Murray (GBR)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU) [22]
Lucie Safarova (CZE) [27] vs Lauren Davis (USA)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) vs Karin Knapp (ITA)
M.Larcher De Brito (POR) vs Melanie Oudin (USA)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs Maria Sharapova (RUS) [3]

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] vs Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
Kiki Bertens (NED) vs Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs Anne Keothavong (GBR)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) vs Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [25]
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [19] vs Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Virginie Razzano (FRA) vs Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [12]
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [16] vs Johanna Konta (GBR)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs Vesna Dolonc (SRB)
Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) vs Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20]
Alize Cornet (FRA) [29] vs Vania King (USA)
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) vs Tatjana Maria (GER)
Elena Baltacha (GBR) vs Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Maria Joao Koehler (POR) vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [2]

Wimbledon begins on June 24.

 

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Djokovic and Nadal on the Same Side of Roland Garros Draw

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(May 24, 2013) No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal are on a collision course to meet in the semifinals of the French Open as both men are on the same side of the draw.  Last year Nadal defeated Djokovic in the final for his seventh Roland Garros crown. On Friday morning at the Museum of the French Tennis Federation in Paris, the draws for the second tennis major of the year were held.

Djokovic will face David Goffin in the opening round, second seed Roger Federer will play a qualifier while Nadal will face off against Daniel Brands.

As for the women, No. 1 Serena Williams  coming into Roland Garros on a 24-match winning streak, opens up against Anna Tatishvilli with two seed  and defending champion Maria Sharapova taking on Su-Wei Hsieh. No. 3 seed Victoria Azarenka, on Sharapova’s half of the draw begins her quest against Elena Vesninia.

Williams who won Roland Garros back in 2002, lost her first round match in Paris last year to No. 111 Virginie Razzano, the only time, the American has ever lost in the first round a of a “Grand Slam” event.

Possible Men’s quarterfinals:

No. 1 Djokovic vs No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic

No. 3 Rafael Nadal vs No. 7 Richard Gasquet,

No. 4 David Ferrer vs No. 5 Tomas Berdych,

No. 2 Roger Federer vs No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Men’s Draw

1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v David Goffin (Belgium)

Ivan Dodig (Croatia) v Guido Pella (Argentina)

Alex Kuznetsov (U.S.) v Lucas Pouille (France)

Alejandro Falla (Colombia) v 26-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)

22-Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) v Dmitry Tursunov (Russia)

Bernard Tomic (Australia) v Victor Hanescu (Romania)

Simone Bolelli (Italy) v Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan)

Qualifier v 16-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)

12-Tommy Haas (Germany) v Guillaume Ruffin (France)

Qualifier v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain)

Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) v Ryan Harrison (U.S.)

Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) v 19-John Isner (U.S.)

29-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) v Pablo Andujar (Spain)

Federico Delbonis (Argentina) v Qualifier

Fernando Verdasco (Spain) v Marc Gicquel (France)

Nicolas Mahut (France) v 8-Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia)

3-Rafael Nadal (Spain) v Daniel Brands (Germany)

Martin Klizan (Slovakia) v Michael Russell (U.S.)

Qualifier v Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic)

Qualifier v 27-Fabio Fognini (Italy)

24-Benoit Paire (France) v Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus)

Lukasz Kubot (Poland) v Qualifier

Grega Zemlja (Slovenia) v Santiago Giraldo (Colombia)

Jesse Levine (Canada) v 13-Kei Nishikori (Japan)

9-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) v Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands)

Qualifier v Horacio Zeballos (Argentina)

Kenny de Schepper (France) v Robin Haase (Netherlands)

Albert Ramos (Spain) v 21-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland)

28-Florian Mayer (Germany) v Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan)

Florent Serra (France) v Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) v 7-Richard Gasquet (France)

5-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) v Gael Monfils (France)

Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil)

Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) v Juergen Melzer (Austria)

Jurgen Zopp (Estonia) v 32-Tommy Robredo (Spain)

20-Andrea Seppi (Italy) v Leonardo Mayer (Argentina)

Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) v Qualifier

Martin Alund (Argentina) v Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France)

Qualifier v 11-Nicolas Almagro (Spain)

14-Milos Raonic (Canada) v Xavier Malisse (Belgium)

Qualifier v Michael Llodra (France)

Qualifier v Evgeny Donskoy (Russia)

Qualifier v 23-Kevin Anderson (South Africa)

31-Marcel Granollers (Spain) v Feliciano Lopez (Spain)

Joao Sousa (Portugal) v Go Soeda (Japan)

Qualifier v Albert Montanes (Spain)

Marinko Matosevic (Australia) v 4-David Ferrer (Spain)

6-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) v Aljaz Bedene (Slovenia)

Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (France)

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) v Gilles Muller (Luxembourg)

Benjamin Becker (Germany) v 25-Jeremy Chardy (France)

17-Juan Monaco (Argentina) v Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain)

Viktor Troicki (Serbia) v James Blake (U.S.)

Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) v Nick Kyrgios (Australia)

Philipp Petzschner (Germany) v 10-Marin Cilic (Croatia)

15-Gilles Simon (France) v Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)

Adrian Mannarino (France) v Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay)

Jan Hacek (Czech Republic) v Qualifier

Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) v 18-Sam Querrey (U.S.)

30-Julien Benneteau (France) v Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania)

Tobias Kamke (Germany) v Paolo Lorenzi (Italy)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Qualifier v 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland)

 

Possible Women’s quarterfinals:

No. 1 Serena Williams vs No. 8 Angelique Kerber

No. 2 Maria Sharapova vs No. 7 Petra Kvitova

No. 3 Victoria Azarenka vs No. 6 Li Na

No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska vs Sara Errani

Women’s Draw

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v Anna Tatishvili (Georgia)

Qualifier v Caroline Garcia (France)

Monica Niculescu (Romania) v Johanna Larsson (Sweden)

Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) v 26-Sorana Cirstea (Romania)

19-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) v Andrea Hlavackova (Czech

Republic)

Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) v Olga Pushkova (Russia)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Stephanie Foretz-Gacon (France) v 15-Roberta Vinci (Italy)

10-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v Laura Robson (Britain)

Qualifier v Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia)

Pauline Parmentier (France) v Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) v 22-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)

29-Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia)

Romina Oprandi (Switzerland) v Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)

Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) v Christina McHale (U.S.)

Mona Barthel (Germany) v 8-Angelique Kerber (Germany)

4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) v Shahar Peer (Israel)

Mallory Burdette (U.S.) v Donna Vekic (Croatia)

Qualifier v Mandy Minella (Luxembourg)

Urszula Radwanska (Poland) v 30-Venus Williams (U.S.)

24-Julia Goerges (Germany) v Qualifier

Virginie Razzano (France) v Claire Feuerstein (France)

Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) v Mathilde Johansson (France)

Petra Martic (Croatia) v 14-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)

11-Nadia Petrova (Russia) v Monica Puig (Puerto Rico)

Madison Keys (U.S.) v Misaki Doi (Japan)

Irena Pavlovic (France) v Shelby Rogers (U.S.)

Simona Halep (Romania) v 20-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)

32-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) v Sofia Arvidsson (Sweden)

Maria-Teresa Torro Flores (Spain) v Qualifier

Ayumi Morita (Japan) v Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)

Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) v 5-Sara Errani (Italy)

16-Li Na (China) v Annabel Medina-Garrigues (Spain)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spain)

Tatjana Maria (Germany) v Qualifier

Coco Vandeweghe (U.S.) v 27-Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)

23-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) v Kaia Kanepi (Estonia)

Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) v Heather Watson (Britain)

Ashleigh Barty (Australia) v Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic)

Nina Bratchikova (Portugal) v 12-Maria Kirilenko (Russia)

13-Marion Bartoli (France) v Olga Govortsova (Belarus)

Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) v Qualifier

Melinda Czink (Hungary) v Francesca Schiavone (Italy)

Flavia Pennetta (Italy) v 21-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium)

31-Alize Cornet (France) v Maria Joao Koehler (Portugal)

Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (Spain)

Qualifier v Annika Beck (Germany)

Elena Vesnina (Russia) v 3-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)

7-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) v Aravane Rezai (France)

Peng Shuai (China) v Camila Giorgi (Italy)

Qualifier v Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium)

Jamie Hampton (U.S) v 25-Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)

18-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) v Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) v Garbine Muguruza (Spain)

Kristina Mladenovic (France) v Lauren Davis (U.S.)

Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) v 9-Samantha Stosur (Australia)

16-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) v Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)

Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) v Elena Baltacha (Britain)

Qualifier v Alexandra Cadantu (Romania)

Karin Knapp (Italy) v 17-Sloane Stephens (U.S.)

28-Tamira Paszek (Austria) v Melanie Oudin (U.S.)

Zheng Jie (China) v Vesna Dolonc (Serbia)

Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria)

Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) v 2-Maria Sharapova (Russia)

The tournament begins on Sunday.

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Serena and Venus Williams Win to Wrap Up Fed Cup World Group Spot for the U.S.

 

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Venus Williams

By Nathalie Narcisse

(April 21, 2013) DELRAY BEACH, Florida – On a day where tennis legend Chris Evert was lauded for Federation Cup accomplishments, it was fitting that dynamic duo, Serena and Venus Williams carried their matches to prevent the U.S. from slipping out of the world group.

In the first match at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, Serena crushed Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-1 while Venus hung tough against Johanna Larsson 6-3,7-5 to permit the Americans to compete for the Federation Cup title in 2014.

After Serena’s victory Saturday evening placed the U.S. on even terms with Sweden, captain Mary Joe Fernandez was hoping to maintain the momentum. The world number one did not disappoint.

In the early stages of the opening set, the sun seemed to be Serena’s biggest nemesis. She fought off three break points before finally putting a period on a long third game.

Subsequently, Serena manufactured triple break point and capitalized for 3-1. Then, with an ace, the world number one consolidated for 4-1. Serena went on to break Arvidsson a second time to bed the initial set.

Serena captured seven consecutive games before Arvidsson ultimately held in the sixth game of the second set to avoid posting a bagel. However, it was only a temporary reprieve. Soon, with her tenth ace, Serena arrived at triple match point. The world number one finished the proceedings with an unreturnable serve.

Overall a good performance by Serena considering the match lasted only 57 minutes, with 35 winners and 22 unforced errors. The third game in the first set was critical. Serena stated “if she had won that game, it would have been a tougher score or a different match. It was important for me to stay focused and fight for every point”.

While Serena does not use on court coaching with her WTA matches, she appreciates the support when it comes to team competition “it feels good, it’s different when you do call your coach on court. . .I take everything in, I just try to be like a sponge and listen”.

Since the sun was bothersome for both players, Arvidsson emphasized it was not a factor in her defeat “[Serena] was just too good. She showed why she’s number one”.

Serena was glad to see big sister in the position to seal the tie for the U.S. “Venus is a veteran and a great player. I hope she does really well”.

According to Fernandez, Venus was a “last minute decision . . after the warm-up today”, the gamble paid off.

Subsequent to a double fault to donate the opening game to Larsson, Venus regained her footing by promptly breaking herself. Later on, the American struck a forehand down the line winner up triple break point to capture he third successive game for 3-1. Despite being challenged, Venus consolidated for 4-1 and maintained the one break edge to finish off the first set.

Larsson warded off 0-40 to ultimately guard serve for 3-2 in the second set. Yet, with Larsson’s forehand pass landing long, Venus had her fifth break chance of the set. She converted when the Swede flubbed a backhand.

Soon with a hold at love, Venus raced to a 5-3 lead. However, with a love game of her own, the Swede forced Venus to serve out the match.

With a third double fault in the tenth game at 0-40, Venus opened the door for Larsson as the second set was now at 5 all.

Still, the American plugged away to regain the advantage. Serving for the tie the second time around, Venus went to nine deuces, had four double faults, salvaged three break points before striking gold on her eighth match point.

This was the maiden meeting between Venus and Larsson. The Swede was not surprised by the substitution “Sofia played a really good match yesterday. . .I was prepared mentally to play Venus. . .I was struggling the whole match to find a good rhythm. . I really tried to keep fighting”.

Despite the outcome, the Swedish coach felt “it’s the best experience you can ever have. [Johanna and Sofia] can keep [their] head up and be very proud. . .go back home with a lot of experience to use the rest of the year”.

After seeing a myriad of match points evaporate, Venus expressed “I was trying to stay focused. . .the game was very competitive, we were both going for the lines and missing them closely”.

Venus had not played Fed Cup singles since 2007. Ironically, the last time was also in South Florida. Moreover, Venus had never previously clinched the tie for her nation. The American cited “it’s a different kind of pressure being on a team, you just want to do more. I wanted to be out there”.

Venus felt a sense of relief wrapping thing up in straight sets “I needed it to be over in two. Mary Joe needed it to be over in two. She was having a heart attack on the sidelines”.

Now, the Americans will wait until next season to work together again in this format. Fernandez acknowledged “that’s the hardest thing about Fed Cup, the scheduling and how long it takes between the ties. You start building a chemistry with the team, a lot of bonding and you push each other. It’s fun. . .we’re still going to be watching each other, supporting each other. . .and we’ll regroup February of next year”.

With so many niggling physical issues, Fernandez withdrew her team from the doubles match. So, USA win over Sweden by a mark of 3-2.

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Fed Cup Results for April 21, 2013

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(April 21, 2013) The latest results from the Fed Cup  World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs taking place on 20-21 April.

Russia is through to the Final after defeating Slovak Republic 3-2 in Moscow. The Russians will play the winner of the Italy v Czech Republic tie, which finished at 2-1 after bad light stopped play on Sunday. Play will resume in Palermo on Monday.

The winner of the Italy v Czech Republic semifinal will host the final on 2-3 November.

Germany, Spain and USA have won their World Group play-off ties and will join Czech Republic, Italy, Russia and Slovak Republic in the 2014 World Group.

The other World Group play-off between Switzerland and Australia is yet to start after rain stopped play on both Saturday and Sunday. Play is scheduled to commence on Monday in Chiasso.

Winners of the World Group II play-offs Argentina, Canada, France and Poland will contest World Group II in 2014. The losing nations from the World Group play-offs, Japan, Serbia and Sweden will also compete in World Group II.

The Europe/Africa Zone Group II event finished in Ulcinj, Montenegro on Saturday, with Latvia and Tunisia winning promotion to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I, and Estonia and Greece suffering relegation to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group III.

The Draw for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the 2013 ITF AGM in Paris on Wednesday 10 July.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

ITALY leads CZECH REPUBLIC 2-1

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 62

Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 61

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 26 62 60

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

RUSSIA defeated SLOVAK REPUBLIC 3-2

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 57 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 46 64
Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Dominika Cibulkova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 46 63 61

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

GERMANY defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(5) 26 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 62
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 75 75
Mona Barthel (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 36 63

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 62 64

SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA no play due to rain (tie to resume at 08:00 GMT on Monday)

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

SPAIN defeated JAPAN 4-0

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 64
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 75

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN) – not played

Lourdes Dominguez Lino/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Misaki Doi (JPN) 64 75

USA defeated SWEDEN 3-1

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 64 46 61

Serena Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 62

Serena Williams (USA) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 62 61

Venus Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 75
Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

POLAND defeated BELGIUM 4-1

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 64

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 63

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 46 61 62

Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 61 64

Katarzyna Piter/Alicja Rosolska (POL) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 63 46 107

FRANCE defeated KAZAKHSTAN 4-1

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 60 63

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 26 63 62
Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 63

Alize Cornet (FRA) d. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 63 61

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sesil Karatantcheva/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 75

ARGENTINA defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-1

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 63 62
Laura Robson (GBR) d. Florencia Molinero (ARG) 61 61

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Laura Robson (GBR) 64 46 62

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 75 36 61

Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Anne Keothavong/Johanna Konta (GBR) – not played

CANADA defeated UKRAINE 3-2

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 67(8) 63 62
Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 76(5) 26 63
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 64 75

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 64 76(4)

Eugenie Bouchard/Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Elina Svitolina/Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 64 63

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II, ULCINJ, MONTENEGRO, 17-20 APRIL

Promoted: Latvia and Tunisia

Relegated: Estonia and Greece

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Serena Williams Squares World Group Play-Off Tie versus Sweden

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By Nathalie Narcisse

 

(April 20, 2013) DELRAY BEACH. Florida – After a three-hour setback due to showers at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, Serena Williams sauntered on court to face Swede Johanna Larsson. The world No. 1 dusted off her opponent 6-2, 6-2 to knot the tie between the two nations.

This was the first meeting between these two players. With Sofia Arvidsson vanquishing Sloane Stephens in the opening rubber, it was Williams’ job to prevent the U.S. team from going into a 2-0 hole.

Although, this was Williams’ seventh tie compared to Larsson’s thirty third, the difference though was that Williams was undefeated in Fed Cup play 11-0 and not to mention double digit majors titles.

Subsequent to Larsson’s double fault, Williams had double break point. With a crosscourt backhand winner, the American converted and swiftly consolidated for 3-0.

Despite a grueling game, Larsson guarded serve to stay one break behind at 3-1. Quickly, Williams coasted on serve to arrive at 5-2.

By provoking miscues from Larsson, Williams had double set point. With a backhand down the line winner, Williams bedded the first set.

The second set was not a cakewalk for Williams. In the opening game, the American’s mistakes on serve found her staring at 15-40. As usual, Williams selected the right serves to bail herself out of trouble. Her second time serving, Williams fended off another break point to keep her nose in front, 2-1.

While Larsson competed better, the unforced errors by Williams also began to mount. But, in the fourth game, two double faults by the Swede helped Williams to eventually get to deuce. Soon, with a forehand winner, the American had break point and later Williams pocketed the game for 3-1.

After comfortably getting to 5-2, the American captured another break to close out the match.

Considering the firepower on the American side, Swedish captain Lars-Anders Wahlgren is ecstatic with the performance of his players so far “it’s a little bit of a surprise for the Swedish team, it’s 1-1. I always believe in my girls. I was hoping for even 2-0”.

Despite the outcome, Larsson felt it was a great experience to battle a player of Williams’ caliber “it’s definitely an experience for me today. I had a lot of fun. . .I had a few chances. . When you play those players who are extremely aggressive, you really need to take your chances. . .I did my best and I was fighting the whole match”.

While for other competitors being down 0-1 in team play may cause some angst, Williams stated “I don’t feel pressure. Not this time around. . .I feel even though we didn’t win our first match, we have a really good team”.

Williams agreed that the second set was much tougher “I think she played a lot better. I think I also made more errors. She’s a really good player. She’s a professional. You can’t get on this level without being solid”.

Certainly, a different atmosphere and sensation representing yourself versus one’s country. Williams commented “I just try to fight and do the best I can. I’m here for my team. I’m here to give 100 percent”.

With Williams’ win, captain Mary Joe Fernandez was finally able to breathe “it was big for Serena to get a quick start. I thought the first match could have gone either way. Sloane had opportunities and wasn’t able to capitalize. . .conditions were tough and the rain delay sort of slowed her down because she had the momentum”.

A lot on the line tomorrow. Does Fernandez believe that Stephens will require tactical, mental support or both? Fernandez replied “every time you step on the court it’s a chance to get better and improve. When you have a few ups and down, you have to mentally get a little bit stronger. It helps when you are tactically sound and clear on what you need to do. So, I try to support and give as clear advice as I can on what I see out there and hope that works”.

The first match on Sunday afternoon will feature Williams against Arvidsson, followed by Stephens versus Larsson and will culminate with doubles play. The U.S. pair of Venus Williams and Vavara Lepchenko will collide with Larsson and Arvidsson.

Nathalie Narcisse is in Delray Beach covering the Fed Cup tie for Tennis Panorama News as media. Follow her twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN.

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Fed Cup Results for April 20, 2013

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(April 20, 2013) The latest results from the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs taking place on 20-21 April.

 

The Europe/Africa Zone Group II event finished in Ulcinj, Montenegro on Saturday, with Latvia and Tunisia winning promotion to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I, and Estonia and Greece suffering relegation to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group III.

 

The winner of the Italy v Czech Republic semifinal will host the final on 2-3 November. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2014 World Group, while the four losers will contest the 2014 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2014 World Group II, while the four losers will contest their respective Zone Group I event in 2014.

 

The Draw for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the 2013 ITF AGM in Paris on Wednesday 10 July.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

ITALY leads CZECH REPUBLIC 2-0

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

 

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 62

Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 61

Sara Errani (ITA) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC leads RUSSIA 2-0

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 57 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Ekaterina Makarova/ Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Jana Cepelova/ Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY level with SERBIA 1-1

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

 

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(5) 26 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Mona Barthel (GER) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

 

SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA no play due to rain (tie to resume at 07:30 GMT on Sunday)

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

SPAIN leads JAPAN 2-0

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

 

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 64
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Lourdes Dominguez Lino/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN)

 

USA level with SWEDEN 1-1

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

 

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 64 46 61

Serena Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 62

Serena Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM level with POLAND 1-1

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 64

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 63

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) v Alicja Rosolska/ Katarzyna Piter (POL)

 

FRANCE level with KAZAKHSTAN 1-1

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

 

Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 60 63

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 26 63 62
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Alize Cornet (FRA) v Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Alize Cornet/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

ARGENTINA level with GREAT BRITAIN 1-1

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

 

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 63 62
Laura Robson (GBR) d. Florencia Molinero (ARG) 61 61

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Laura Robson (GBR)

Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Johanna Konta (GBR)

Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Anne Keothavong/Laura Robson (GBR)

 

UKRAINE level with CANADA 1-1

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

 

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 67(8) 63 62
Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 76(5) 26 63
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)

Yuliya Beygelzimer/Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) v Gabriela Dabrowski/ Sharon Fichman (CAN)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II, ULCINJ, MONTENEGRO, 17-20 APRIL

 

Promoted: Latvia and Tunisia

Relegated: Estonia and Greece

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Arvidsson Stops Stephens to Give Sweden 1-0 Lead in World Group Play-Offs

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By Nathalie Narcisse

(April 20, 1013) DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The U.S. took on Sweden on hardcourt at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in the World Group Play-Offs.  In the initial match on Saturday, Swedish veteran Sofia Arvidsson, playing her 48th tie, recorded her 34th singles victory.  Arvidsson prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 over twenty-year-old Sloane Stephens who was contesting her maiden live rubber.

Florida has been the United States’ Federation Cup lucky charm.  In three prior visits to the Sunshine State, 1995 versus Austria, 2005 and 2007 against Belgium, the Americans never relinquished a match.  With Floridians, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams on hand, the Stars and Stripes were viewed as runway favorites.

Stephens seemed overwhelmed from the get-go.  As a result of a slew of miscues, the American surrendered her serve in the opening game.  Arvidsson went on to consolidate for 2-0.

Later on, the Swede dropped serve at love to permit Stephens to knot the first set at 2.  Soon with a hold, Stephens had a 3-2 lead.

However, a consistent opponent and 21 unforced errors turned out to be Stephens’ undoing.  Arvidsson broke for the third time for 5-4, then went on to easily serve out the opening set.

Stephens managed to reverse the tide in the second set.  Despite permitting a 3-0 advantage to melt away, Stephens cleaned up the stats sheet with a positive ratio of winners to unforced errors.  The American broke her rival at 5-4 to push the match into a final set.

The hot and humid conditions permitted both players to invoke the heat rule.  During that respite, a light drizzle came down which further postponed the deciding set.

The interlude appeared to squash Stephens’ momentum.  By committing a double fault, the American gifted Arvidsson double break point to start the set.  With Stephens dumping a forehand into the net, Arvidsson captured the break.  The Swede secured the four consecutive games as Stephens littered the court with mistakes.

In the sixth game, as Stephens’ forehand volley landed on her side of the net,  Arvidsson sealed her third break of the set to convert on her fourth match point opportunity.

Head-to-head, Arvidsson and Stephens split their two previous matches.  Unlike Brisbane earlier this year where Stephens “was dictating the points”, Arvidsson stated. “I tried to be aggressive.  That’s when I won my points”.

The rain was welcomed by Arvidsson “first set was really hard, I was kind of tired in the second.  I think the break was good for me.  It was a little cooler when we came out”.

For Arvidsson the opening match was crucial “first match is always important.  You want to win and put a lot of pressure on the other team.  [Particularly] with Serena a very big favorite in the second match”.

Stephens was disappointed with the result “she played really good tennis.  It was definitely tough conditions.  I thought I played pretty well.  It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get my first Fed Cup live rubber win at this home tie”.

Stephens admitted the pressure was not being the “lead off match.  I think it was playing my first live rubber at home. . .this is the most pressure and anxiety I’ve had since Australia. . .I didn’t want to let my team down”.

Still Stephens is trying to be positive “I’m going to go out for my team, hope Serena wins her match and we can start up with a bang tomorrow again. . . A lot to learn. . .my next tie I’ll definitely know what to expect”.

This is the fifth showdown between these two countries, the U.S. lead Sweden 3-1.  The latter triumphed at their ultimate meeting in 1988.  Sweden is vying to regain world group status for the first time since 2003.

Nathalie Narcisse is in Delray Beach covering the Fed Cup tie for Tennis Panorama News as media. Follow her twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN.

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Fed Cup Draws for World Group Semifinals, World Group Play-offs

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(April 19, 2013) The ITF has announced the draws for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs taking place on 20-21 April.

The winner of the Italy v Czech Republic semifinal will host the final on 2-3 November. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2014 World Group, while the four losers will contest the 2014 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2014 World Group II, while the four losers will contest their respective Zone Group I event in 2014.

 

The Draw for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the 2013 ITF AGM in Paris on Wednesday 10 July.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

ITALY v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

 

Sara Errani (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Sara Errani (ITA) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

RUSSIA v SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Ekaterina Makarova/ Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Jana Cepelova/ Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY v SERBIA

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

 

Mona Barthel (GER) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Mona Barthel (GER) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

 

SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

SPAIN v JAPAN

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

 

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Lourdes Dominguez Lino/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN)

 

USA v SWEDEN

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

 

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Serena Williams (USA) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Serena Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM v POLAND

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) v Alicja Rosolska/ Katarzyna Piter (POL)

 

FRANCE v KAZAKHSTAN

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

 

Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Alize Cornet (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Alize Cornet (FRA) v Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Alize Cornet/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

 

ARGENTINA v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

 

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Johanna Konta (GBR)
Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Laura Robson (GBR)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Laura Robson (GBR)

Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Johanna Konta (GBR)

Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Anne Keothavong/Laura Robson (GBR)

 

UKRAINE v CANADA

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

 

Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)

Yuliya Beygelzimer/Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) v Gabriela Dabrowski/ Sharon Fichman (CAN)

 

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II

 

Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro and Tunisia have advanced to the promotional play-offs in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II event in Ulcinj, Montenegro, taking place on 17-20 April. Group A winners Tunisia will play Group B runners up Lithuania and Group B winners Montenegro will play Group A runners up Latvia on Saturday, with the winners promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2014.

 

Finland, Greece, Estonia and South Africa will contest the relegation play-off. Finland, who finished third in Group B, will face Greece, who propped up Group A, while Estonia, who finished bottom of Group B will play South Africa, third-placed finishers in Group A. The two losing nations will be relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group III in 2014.

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Order of Play Set for US versus Sweden in Fed Cup World Group Play-off Tie

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(April 19, 2013) The United States vie to get back into the Fed Cup World Group for 2014  as they take on Sweden in the World Group Play-offs this weekend in Delray Beach, Florida.

The opening day of play in the best-of-five match series features each country’s No. 1 singles player against the No. 2 player from the opposing country. The exact order of play was determined at Friday’s Draw Ceremony, which was held at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square. The second day of competition begins on Sunday with “reverse singles,” starting with each country’s No. 1 player squaring off followed by the No. 2 players and then the doubles match. Each match is best-of-three-sets.

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME MATCH PAIRING

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Singles A: Sloane Stephens (USA) v. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Singles B: Serena Williams (USA) v. Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. Singles C: Serena Williams (USA) v. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Singles D: Sloane Stephens (USA) v. Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Doubles: Doubles Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v. Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Tennis Channel will air daily coverage beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

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Draws Announced for Fed Cup Play-Offs

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(February 13, 2013) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs on 20-21 April:

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

Germany (c) (*) v Serbia (s)

Australia (s) (c) v Switzerland

Spain (c) (*) v Japan (s)

USA (s) (c) (*) v Sweden

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

Belgium (s) (c) v Poland

France (s) (c) (*) v Kazakhstan

Argentina (c) (*) v Great Britain (s)

Ukraine (s) (c) (*) v Canada

 

(s) = seed

(c) = choice of ground

(*) = choice of ground decided by lot

 

 

The 2013 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 20-21 April. In the semifinals, Italy will be at home to Czech Republic, and Russia will be at home to Slovak Republic.

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