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


Venus Williams

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.


Serena Williams Squares World Group Play-Off Tie versus Sweden


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.


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

Sofia Arvidsson

Sofia Arvidsson

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.


Draws Made for the 2013 Australian Open


(January 11, 2013) The official Australian Open draw took place on Friday morning in Melbourne on the banks of the Yarra River, with the defending champions  Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic riding a boat to the ceremony.

On the women’s side, top seed and World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will have to contend with No. 3 Serena Williams on her side of the draw, should both women advance to the semifinals.

Projected Women’s quarterfinals:

(1)Azarenka vs (7) Errani, (3) S.Williams vs (8) Kvitova, (4) Radwanska vs (6) Li and (2) Sharapova v (5) Kerber.

Women’s Draw

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1] vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) vs. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
Qualifier vs. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
Jamie Hampton (USA) vs. Urszula Radwanska (POL) [31]

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) [21] vs. Polona Hercog (SLO)
Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) vs. Qualifier
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs. Roberta Vinci (ITA) [16]

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [10] vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER)
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) vs .Donna Vekic (CRO)
Qualifier vs. Lauren Davis (USA)
Qualifier vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [24]

Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) [26] vs. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs .Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) vs. Christina McHale (USA)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs. Sara Errani (ITA) [7]

Serena Williams (USA) [3] vs. Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) vs. Anna Tatishvili (GEO)
Annika Beck (GER) vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [28]

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) [20] vs. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Qualifier vs. Jana Cepelova (SVK)
Rebecca Marino (CAN) vs. Shuai Peng (CHN)
Vania King (USA) vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [14]

Nadia Petrova (RUS) [12] vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
Shahar Peer (ISR) vs. Alexandra Panova (RUS)
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) vs. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE) [17]

Sloane Stephens (USA) [29] vs. Simona Halep (ROU)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Timea Babos (HUN)
Melanie Oudin (USA) vs. Laura Robson (GBR)
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs.Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8]

Na Li (CHN) [6] vs. Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs. Sacha Jones (AUS)
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) [27]

Julia Goerges (GER) [18] vs. Qualifier
Romina Oprandi (SUI) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
Yuxuan Zhang (CHN) vs .Jie Zheng (CHN)
Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) vs .Samantha Stosur (AUS) [9]

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [13] vs. Melinda Czink (HUN)
Qualifier vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Johanna Larsson (SWE) vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [22]

Mona Barthel (GER) [32] vs. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ)
Heather Watson (GBR) vs. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) vs. Arantxa Rus (NED)
Bojana Bobusic (AUS) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]

Angelique Kerber (GER) [5] vs. Elina Svitolina (UKR)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) vs. Kiki Bertens (NED)
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) vs. Madison Keys (USA)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. Tamira Paszek (AUT) [30]

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [19] vs. Qualifier
Camila Giorgi (ITA) vs. Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA)
Qualifier vs. Olivia Rogowska (AUS)
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs. Marion Bartoli (FRA) [11]

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [15] vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Mandy Minella (LUX) vs. Qualifier
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Nina Bratchikova (RUS)
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) vs .Klara Zakopalova (CZE) [23]

Venus Williams (USA) [25] vs. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Alize Cornet (FRA) vs. Marina Erakovic (NZL)
Petra Martic (CRO) vs Misaki Doi (JPN)
Olga Puchkova (RUS) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2]


On the men’s side, No. 3 Andy Murray landed in the bottom half of the draw with No. 2 seed Roger Federer.

Projected quarterfinal match-ups on the men’s side would be Djokovic  vs (5) Berdych, (4) Ferrer v (8) Tipsarevic, (3) Murray v (6) Del Potro and (2) Federer against (7) Tsonga.


Men’s Draw


Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Ryan Harrison (USA) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Qualifier vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs .Radek Stepanek (CZE) [31]

Sam Querrey (USA) [20] vs. Unknown
Qualifier vs. Brian Baker (USA)
Tobias Kamke (GER) vs. Flavio Cipolla (ITA)
Qualifier vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [15]

Juan Monaco (ARG) [11] vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)
Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs. Pablo Andujar (ESP)
David Goffin (BEL) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) [22]

Jurgen Melzer (AUT) [26] vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
Qualifier vs. Guillaume Rufin (FRA)
Michael Russell (USA) vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE) [5]

David Ferrer (ESP) [4] vs. Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. Qualifier
John Millman (AUS) vs. Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
Albert Ramos (ESP) vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) [28]

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [23] vs. Matthew Ebden (AUS)
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) vs. Adrian Ungur (ROU)
Qualifier vs. Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [16]

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) [10] vs. Qualifier
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs. Lukasz Kubot (POL)
Bjorn Phau (GER) vs. Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24]

Julien Benneteau (FRA) [32] vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs. Qualifier
Lukas Lacko (SVK) vs. Gilles Muller (LUX)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) [8]
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [6] vs. Qualifier
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) vs. Benjamin Becker (GER)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs. Qualifier
Grega Zemlja (SLO) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP) [30]

Andreas Seppi (ITA) [21] vs. Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Igor Sijsling (NED) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. Qualifier
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs. Marin Cilic (CRO) [12]

Gilles Simon (FRA) [14] vs. Filippo Volandri (ITA)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs. Jesse Levine (CAN)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [18]

Florian Mayer (GER) [25] vs. Rhyne Williams (USA)
Qualifier vs.Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
Joao Sousa (POR) vs. John-Patrick Smith (AUS)
Robin Haase (NED) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [3]

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [7] vs. Michael Llodra (FRA)
Go Soeda (JPN) vs. Luke Saville (AUS)
James Duckworth (AUS) vs. Benjamin Mitchell (AUS)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) [29]

Tommy Haas (GER) [19] vs. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs. Di Wu (CHN)
Josselin Ouanna (FRA) vs. Alejandro Falla (COL)
Albert Montanes (ESP) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [9]

Milos Raonic (CAN) [13] vs. Jan Hajek (CZE)
Qualifier vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Qualifier vs. Guido Pella (ARG)
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [17]

Martin Klizan (SVK) [27] vs. Qualifier
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs .Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Qualifier vs. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Benoit Paire (FRA) vs .Roger Federer (SUI) [2]


In total forty-four countries are represented at this year’s Australian Open which begins on January 14 and runs through January 27..


Draws Made for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships

(L-R) Li Na of China, Angelique Kerber of Germany, Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, Maria Sharapova of Russia, Serena Williams of USA, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Sara Errani of Italy pose for the official photo of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships – Istanbul (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for WTA).

ISTANBUL (October 21, 2012) – The draws have been made for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. The draw ceremony was held this evening at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tuesday’s Order of Play

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stadium (from 17.00hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Petra Kvitova
2. Serena Williams vs. Angelique Kerber
3. Maria Sharapova vs. Sara Errani

The draw:
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
(3) Serena Williams (USA)
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER)
(8) Li Na (CHN)

(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS)
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE)
(7) Sara Errani (ITA)

RED GROUP: Azarenka, Williams, Kerber, Li…

(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
~ ’12 Titles: 6 – Sydney, Australian Open, Doha, Indian Wells, Beijing, Linz
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: Won Australian Open
~ Fall record: 13-0 (and 26-0 in sets)
~ H2H vs group: 1-10 vs Williams, 2-0 vs Kerber, 4-4 vs Li
~ Quote: “Every match here will be tough – I obviously have great champions in the group. It’s challenging, definitely, but I’m looking forward to it.”

(3) Serena Williams (USA)
~ ’12 Titles: 6 – Charleston, Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, Olympics, US Open
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: Won Wimbledon & US Open
~ Fall record: 0-0
~ H2H vs group: 10-1 vs Azarenka, 1-1 vs Kerber, 5-1 vs Li
~ Quote: “I don’t really care who I play or when I play, as long as I can play. I’m really happy to be here. I’m on the red side with Victoria, so it’ll be good.”

(5) Angelique Kerber (GER)
~ ’12 Titles: 2 – Paris [Indoors], Copenhagen
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: SFs at Wimbledon
~ Fall record: 4-2
~ H2H vs group: 0-2 vs Azarenka, 1-1 vs Williams, 1-5 vs Li
~ Quote: “It doesn’t matter which group you’re in, it’s not easy – we’re the best eight players, and every match will be hard. But it’s an honor for me to be here. I’ll enjoy every match. It’s a bonus after such a great year. When I started this year I wasn’t thinking about No.5 or being here, so this is a great highlight.”

(8) Li Na (CHN)
~ ’12 Titles: 1 – Cincinnati
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: 4r at Australian Open & French Open
~ Fall record: 5-2
~ H2H vs group: 4-4 vs Azarenka, 1-5 vs Williams, 5-1 vs Kerber
~ Quote: “It doesn’t matter which group you’re in, everyone’s tough. Only the Top 8 players play this tournament. It’s a good challenge for yourself.”

WHITE GROUP: Sharapova, Radwanska, Kvitova, Errani…

(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS)
~ ’12 Titles: 3 – Stuttgart, Rome, French Open
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: Won French Open
~ Fall record: 7-2
~ H2H vs group: 7-2 vs Radwanska, 4-2 vs Kvitova, 1-0 vs Errani
~ Quote: “When you’re coming here you pretty much know what you’re going to get in terms of the level of the group. With the field we have, I think every match, no matter what group you’re in, will be pretty tough from the get go.”

(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
~ ’12 Titles: 3 – Dubai, Miami, Brussels
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: R-Up at Wimbledon
~ Fall record: 6-2
~ H2H vs group: 2-7 vs Sharapova, 0-3 vs Kvitova, 5-1 vs Errani
~ Quote: “It’s the eight best players in the world, so there’s no easy group and no easy match – but I’ll have a good couple of matches, I hope.”

(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE)
~ ’12 Titles: 2 – Montréal, New Haven
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: SFs at Australian Open & French Open
~ Fall record: 1-2
~ H2H vs group: 2-4 vs Sharapova, 3-0 vs Radwanska, 3-0 vs Errani
~ Quote: “You can’t choose who can be in your group. All eight players are great players who have had a great season. I’ll try my best. I remember the great support I got last year. I’m looking forward to being on the court again.”

(7) Sara Errani (ITA)
~ ’12 Titles: 4 – Acapulco, Barcelona, Budapest, Palermo
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2012: R-Up at French Open
~ Fall record: 2-2
~ H2H vs group: 0-1 vs Sharapova, 1-5 vs Radwanska, 0-3 vs Kvitova
~ Quote: “Of course it’s a tough group – both groups are tough, and the players are strong. We will see how it goes. I’ll just try to play my best game, singles and doubles – it’s amazing for me to be here.”


Statistics provided by the WTA


2013 Draws Announced for Davis Cup World and Zonal Groups

The Draw for the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the London offices of title sponsor BNP Paribas on Wednesday.

Individual draws were made for the 2013 World Group, Americas Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group I. The draws for Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the remaining 2012 Davis Cup play-off ties on 19-21 October.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 130 nations entered in 2013. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are HP (Official Technology Sponsor), Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Hugo Boss (Official Men’s Fashion Clothing Sponsor), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hoteles (Official Hotel). Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. The 100th Davis Cup Final will take place on 16-18 November at the start of the ITF centenary celebrations in 2013. To view the full draw sheets please visit the official Davis Cup website www.daviscup.com and www.copadavis.com.

World Group

First round (1-3 February)

Canada [c] v Spain [s]

Italy [c] v Croatia [s]

Belgium [c] v Serbia [s]

USA [s] [c] v Brazil

France [s] [c] v Israel

Argentina [s] [c] v Germany

Kazakhstan [s] [c] [*] v Austria

Switzerland [c] v Czech Republic [s]

[s] = Seeded nation
[c] = Choice of ground
[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

The home nation is listed first for each tie.

Americas Zone Group I

First round (1-3 February)

Chile [s] v Bye

Ecuador v Bye

Uruguay [c] v Dominican Republic

Colombia [s] v Bye

Second round (5-7 April)

Ecuador [c] v Chile [s]

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

First round (1-3 February)

Russia [s] v Bye

Great Britain v Bye

South Africa [s] v Bye

Poland [c] v Slovenia

Finland or Denmark v Romania (Home team not yet known)

Netherlands [s] v Bye

Ukraine [c] v Slovak Republic

Sweden [s] v Bye

Second round (5-7 April)

Great Britain [c] [*] v Russia [s]

Americas Zone Group II

First round (1-3 February)

Puerto Rico [c] [*] v Mexico [s]

El Salvador [s] [c] [*] v Barbados

Venezuela [s] [c] v Guatemala

Peru [s] [c] [*] v Haiti

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

First round (1-3 February)

Chinese Taipei or New Zealand [s] v Lebanon (Home team not yet known)

Sri Lanka [c] v Pakistan [s]

Kuwait [c] v Thailand [s]

Syria [c] [*] v Philippines [s]

[s] = Seeded nation
[c] = Choice of ground
[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot

The home nation is listed first for each tie.


Seeds announced for 2013 Davis Cup Draw

Spain and Czech Republic head the seeds for the Draw for the World Group of the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which takes place at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Wednesday 19 September at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT).


The draws for 2013 Americas Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group I will also take place in London. The draws for Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the remaining 2012 Davis Cup play-off ties on 19-21 October.

According to the Davis Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves. Seeds 3-8 are in accordance with the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 17 September.


World Group


1. Spain

2. Czech Republic

3. Argentina

4. Serbia

5. France

6. USA

7. Croatia

8. Kazakhstan


The seeded nations will be drawn against the remaining World Group nations: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland.


Seeds for the Zone Group I and Group II competitions are also based on the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.


Americas Zone Group I


1. Chile

2. Colombia


Remaining Nations: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Uruguay.


Europe/Africa Zone Group I


1. Russia

2. Sweden

3. South Africa

4. Netherlands


Remaining Nations: Denmark or Finland, Great Britain, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine.


Americas Zone Group II


1. Mexico

2. Peru

3. Venezuela

4. El Salvador


Remaining Nations: Barbados, Haiti, Guatemala, Puerto Rico.


Asia/Oceania Zone Group II


1. Chinese Taipei or New Zealand

2. Philippines

3. Thailand

4. Pakistan


Remaining Nations: Kuwait, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Syria.



Davis Cup Results for September 14, 2012

The ITF has announced the latest results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal and play-off ties as well as zone group ties taking place on 14-16 September.



SPAIN leads USA 2-0

Venue: Parque Hermanos Castro, Gijon, ESP (clay – outdoor)


David Ferrer (ESP) d. Sam Querrey (USA) 46 62 62 64

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) d. John Isner (USA) 64 46 64 36 75

Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)

David Ferrer (ESP) v John Isner (USA)

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v Sam Querrey (USA)




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


Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 64 64 62

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Juan Monaco (ARG) 61 46 16 64 64

Carlos Berlocq/Eduardo Schwank (ARG) v Ivo Minar/Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Juan Monaco (ARG) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)






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


Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) 63 46 62 06 63

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 62 64 36 76(5)

Andrey Golubev/Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) v Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Denis Istomin (UZB)

Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Farrukh Dustov (UZB)



AUSTRALIA level with GERMANY 1-1

Venue: Rothenbaum Stadium, Hamburg, GER (clay – outdoor)


Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) 26 63 64 76(4)

Florian Mayer (GER) d. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 75 63 62

Benjamin Becker/Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Florian Mayer (GER) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)


ISRAEL leads JAPAN 2-1

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


Go Soeda (JPN) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 62 64 36 64

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 63 62 64

Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 57 63 63 61

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Go Soeda (JPN) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)



Venue: Royal Primerose Tennis Club, Brussels, BEL (clay – outdoor)


Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Michael Ryderstedt (SWE) 63 76(3) 60

David Goffin (BEL) d. Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) 64 63 75

Ruben Bemelmans/Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Johan Brunstrom/Michael Ryderstedt (SWE)

David Goffin (BEL) v Michael Ryderstedt (SWE)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE)




Venue: Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, CAN (hard – outdoor)


Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d. Izak van der Merwe (RSA) 63 64 64

Milos Raonic (CAN) v Nikala Scholtz (RSA) 75 64 75

Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Raven Klaasen/Izak van der Merwe (RSA)

Milos Raonic (CAN) v Izak van der Merwe (RSA)

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Nikala Scholtz (RSA)




Venue: Harmonia Tenis Clube, Sao Jose do Rio Preto, BRA (clay – outdoor)


Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Igor Andreev (RUS) 62 61 ret. (right shoulder)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 63 46 60 76(4)

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Alex Bogomolov Jr./Stanislav Vovk (RUS)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Igor Andreev (RUS)

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)



ITALY leads CHILE 1-0

Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Napoli, ITA (clay – outdoor)


Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Guillermo Hormazabal (CHI) 75 61 62

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Paul Capdeville (CHI) 26 62 67(6) 61 1-1 match suspended due to darkness

Simone Bolelli/Daniele Bracciali (ITA) v Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Paul Capdeville (CHI)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Guillermo Hormazabal (CHI)




Venue: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NED (clay – outdoor)


Roger Federer (SUI) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 63 64 64

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Robin Haase (NED) 63 36 63 76(4)

Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

Robin Haase (NED) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Thiemo de Bakker (NED) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)





ECUADOR leads PERU 2-0

Venue: Club Lawn Tennis de la Exposicion, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)


Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 57 62 63 64

Julio Cesar Campozano (ECU) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 76(6) 63 64

Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER) v Julio Cesar Campozano/Roberto Quiroz (ECU)

Duilio Beretta (PER) v Julio Cesar Campozano (ECU)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Emilio Gomez (ECU)





Venue: CLTA Tennis Stadium, Chandigarh, IND (hard – outdoor)


Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Daniel King-Turner (NZL) 36 06 62 64 62

Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 62 67(5) 64 62

Divij Sharan/Vishnu Vardhan (IND) v Daniel King-Turner/Michael Venus (NZL)

Yuki Bhambri (IND) v Jose Statham (NZL)

Vishnu Vardhan (IND) v Daniel King-Turner (NZL)





FINLAND level with ROMANIA 1-1

Venue: Sala Sporturilor “Horia Demian” Cluj, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)


Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Victor Crivoi (ROU) 75 61 62

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 36 64 62 64

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Jarkko Nieminen/Timo Nieminen (FIN)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Victor Crivoi (ROU) v Harri Heliovaara (FIN)






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


Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Gastao Elias (POR) 36 62 76(4) 62

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Lucas Lacko (SVK) 64 64 63

Michal Mertinak/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR)

Martin Klizan (SVK) v Joao Sousa (POR)

Lucas Lacko (SVK) v Gastao Elias (POR)






Venue: Centro Español Inc. Santiago de los Caballeros, DOM (clay – outdoor)


Victor Estrella (DOM) d. Daniel Garza (MEX) 64 62 62

Jose Hernandez (DOM) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 62 67(6) 75 46 63

Henry Estrella/Victor Estrella (DOM) v Santiago Gonzalez/Bruno Rodriguez (MEX)

Victor Estrella (DOM) v Cesar Ramirez (MEX)

Jose Hernandez (DOM) v Daniel Garza (MEX)





Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium, Jarkarta, INA (hard – oudoor)


Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) 76(3) 62 36 60

Treat Huey (PHI) d. Elbert Sie (INA) 64 62 63

Christopher Rungkat/Elbert Sie (INA) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 46 63 76(5) 62

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Treat Huey (PHI)

Elbert Sie (INA) v Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI)





LATVIA level with UKRAINE 1-1

Venue: Liepajas Olimpiskais Centrs, Liepaja, LAT (hard – indoor)


Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Sergei Bubka (UKR) 46 63 64 62

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Andis Juska (LAT) 63 64 64

Ernests Gulbis/Deniss Pavlovs (LAT) v Illya Marchenko/Denys Molchanov (UKR)

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Andis Juska (LAT) v Sergei Bubka (UKR)




Venue: Miejski Osrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, Lodz, POL (hard – indoor)


Lukasz Kubot (POL) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 61 64 62

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 76(4) 62 63

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Alexander Bury/Max Mirnyi (BLR)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)




Draws made for 2012 Olympic Tennis Event

The Draw for the 2012 Olympic Tennis Event was held at the All England Club in the Debenture Holders Lounge on Thursday.  Individual draws for men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles are attached below.


The draw for the 16-team mixed doubles event will be held on site during the Olympic Tennis Event on Tuesday 31 July. Nations have until 11:00 on Tuesday 31 July to nominate teams for the mixed doubles. Twelve teams will qualify as direct acceptances based on their combined ranking on Monday, June 11, while four teams will be awarded ITF Places.


The 2012 Olympic Tennis Event will be held at the All England Club, Wimbledon from 28 July until 5 August. Forty-four countries will compete in this year’s event


All the latest news from the Olympic Tennis Event can be found on the ITF’s official Olympic websites in English and Spanish: www.itftennis.com/olympics and www.itftennis.com/olimpiadas. The ITF has also launched a mobile App that is available for free download to iPhone and Android users. A mobile friendly version of the website is also available.

Men’s Singles Draw

Men’s Doubles Draw

Women’s Singles Draw

Women’s Doubles Draw