May 27, 2017

The U.S. Defeats the Czech Republic 3-2 to Reach Fed Cup Final Versus Belarus

(April 23, 2017) The United States advanced to its first Fed Cup Final since 2010 by defeating the three-time defending champion Czech Republic, 3-2, on Sunday in a World Group Semifinal tie at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay.

 

The U.S. clinched the best-of-five match series when doubles world No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Katerina Siniakova and Kristyna Pliskova, 6-2, 6-3, in a fifth, decisive doubles match in front of 2,756 people.

 

After the two countries came into the day tied, 1-1, following Saturday’s singles matches, world No. 24 Vandeweghe defeated No. 38 Siniakova, 6-4, 6-0, to put the U.S. up, 2-1. Marketa Vondrousova, a 17-year old who won her first WTA title last week, then defeated Lauren Davis – substituted for Shelby Rogers – 6-2, 7-5, to push the tie to the decisive doubles match, a first for the U.S. since 2015, when it lost to Italy in a World Group Playoff.

 

Both countries made substitutions to their doubles teams. U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi elected to pair Vandeweghe with Mattek-Sands, while Czech Captain Petr Pala subbed in Siniakova for Denisa Allertova. The victory made Vandeweghe the first U.S. Fed Cup player to win three matches in a single tie since Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 World Group Quarterfinals.

 

“It was an amazing day as a team,” noted CoCo Vandeweghe. “It shows that every point counts in this event, and we all came together when it mattered most. That’s what you expect out of a Fed Cup tie.”

 

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi on reaching the final in her debut in her debut year as captain: “It’s been an unbelievable couple of ties for me. Coco said it well: These girls are amazing. It’s been a lot of fun it’s super special. It’s something that I’ll never forget. Looking forward to the final.”

“I love everything about the role. I knew what I was getting into, and I love it. I love the girls, the competition. Yes, at this level you always have little bumps in the road or what have you, but that’s part of it. And I like that part. I like the challenge.”

 

Asked if she was in contact with Venus and Serena Williams, Rinaldi said: “Well, we just won this and haven’t gotten that far. Yeah, I’ve spoken to Venus and Serena. They’ve been extremely supportive. We’ve had great communication with all the players. That’s part of it as captain. I care about these girls more than

just Fed Cup.

 

“I’m thinking about them for the long run and the big picture as well. You know, that’s great thing about American tennis right now, the exciting part, that we have so many players. These girls have been absolutely amazing. It’s their goal to win a Fed Cup title and I know that.

“It’s actually tough to pick a team because we have so many great players, and I’ve known them since they were so young. I believe in them all.”

 

The U.S. will travel to Belarus, a surprise 3-2 winner over Switzerland, for the Fed Cup Final, Nov. 11-12, at a site and on a surface to be determined by the Belarussians. Rinaldi follows Mary Joe Fernandez as U.S. captains to reach the Final in their debut year. The U.S. team made its last appearance in the Final in 2010, when a team featuring Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands, lost to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles back in 2000.

 

Final results of the tie 

DAY/LOCAL TIME

 

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

Singles A:             CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE), 6-1, 6-4

Singles B:             Katerina Siniakova (CZE) d. Shelby Rogers (USA), 6-3, 6-3

 

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Singles C:            CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-4, 6-0

Singles D:            Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Lauren Davis (USA), 6-2, 7-5

Doubles:             Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-2, 6-3

 

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Tennis Channel Adds Martina Navratilova to Fed Cup TV Booth for U.S.-Czech Republic Semifinal This Weekend

TENNIS CHANNEL ADDS MARTINA NAVRATILOVA TO FED CUP BOOTH FOR U.S.-CZECH REPUBLIC SEMIFINAL THIS WEEKEND

 

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 -Tennis Channel will add Hall of Famer and on-air analyst Martina Navratilova (@martina) to its booth during coverage of this weekend’s Fed Cup semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic. It is the first time in her 11-year Tennis Channel career that Navratilova will offer commentary during coverage of the event, the most prestigious international team tournament in women’s tennis. The two-day competition gets underway Saturday, April 22, at 12 p.m. ET, in Tampa Bay, Fla.

 

Considered one of the greatest tennis players – if not overall athletes – of all time, Navratilova won a Fed Cup championship for her native Czechoslovakia in 1975 before defecting to the United States later that year. She won another three Fed Cups as a U.S. team member, including the championship final against Czechoslovakia in 1986 in her hometown of Prague, marking her first return to the country in 11 years. In three decades of Fed Cup matches from 1975-2004, Navratilova amassed an astounding 40-1 record in singles and doubles play, dropping only her last doubles match in 2004, a few months shy of her 49th birthday. She lost only six sets in her entire Fed Cup career.

 

Navratilova will be paired with announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) during Tennis Channel’s coverage of the U.S.-Czech Republic matchup at Florida’s Saddlebrook Resort this weekend.

 

The United States and three-time defending champion Czech Republic are the most successful nations in Fed Cup history, with the United States leading all countries with 17 titles. The Czech Republic is second on the all-time list of tournament champions, clinching the trophy on 10 occasions (five as Czechoslovakia). Australian Open doubles champion and World No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will join singles semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe, Lauren Davis and Shelby Rogers as they attempt to put the United States in the Fed Cup final for the first time since 2010, and win the first American championship since 2000.

 

The battle between the United States and the Czech Republic will consist of two singles matches Saturday, and two singles matches and a doubles match Sunday. The winner of the semifinal matchup will advance to the championship round in November to face either Belarus or Switzerland

 

In addition to covering the United States-Czech Republic competition this weekend,Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will show the other Fed Cup semifinal between Belarus and Switzerland in Minsk, Belarus, live beginning Saturday, April 22. The matches will be available on-demand on the platform (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com), which is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel. Other stars set to play Fed Cup this weekend include Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis.

 

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

Saturday, April 22:

12 p.m. -Singles USA v. Czech Republic

1 p.m. -Singles Belarus v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Sunday, April 23:

11 a.m. -Singles, Doubles USA v. Czech Republic

12 p.m. -Singles, Doubles Belarus v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

The United States holds a 9-2 advantage over the Czech Republic. The most recent meeting between the two was in 2009, when the United States beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Brno, Czech Republic. However, the Czech Republic has won five titles in the last six years (2011-12, 2014-16). The Americans have reached the semifinals for the first time in seven years after defeating Germany 5-0 earlier this year.

 

As a player, U.S. Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1985 and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 7 in 1986. Mattek-Sands, World No. 1 doubles player and Australian Open doubles champion, leads the Americans into this weekend after winning the Volvo Car Open women’s doubles title with the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova in Charleston this month. At this year’s Australian Open, Vandeweghe received her biggest career singles win by defeating reigning champion and then-World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round and 2016 French Open champion Garbine Muguruza en route to the semifinals. Davis won her first WTA singles title in January at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Rogers enters this weekend after an impressive quarterfinal run at the Volvo Car Open.

 

The Czech Republic has dominated Fed Cup competition in recent years, but will be without World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova this weekend, who helped the country beat Spain in the first round. The team is captained by Petr Palaand and features Katerina Siniakova, Kristyna Pliskova, Denisa Allertova and Marketa Vondrousova.

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Voting Opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards

Voting opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards

 

(March 24, 2017) The ITF  announced a shortlist of ten players to receive the first four Fed Cup Heart Awards of 2017. Awards will be presented in four categories based on performances in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties, and the three Zone Group I events at the beginning of February.

 

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR), Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) and Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) have all been shortlisted for the World Group/World Group II award. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) and Heather Watson (GBR) have been shortlisted for Europe/Africa; Bianca Andreescu (CAN) and Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) for Americas; and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) and Naomi Osaka (JPN) for Asia/Oceania.

 

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President David Haggerty and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 24-30 March, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the four winners, who will all receive a cheque to be donated to their chosen charity. The winners will be announced on 3 April.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “The Fed Cup Heart Award is a fantastic initiative that recognises outstanding contributions made by players representing their country. I would like to acknowledge the performances by the ten shortlisted players but I would also like to thank all of the players who make Fed Cup by BNP Paribas the success it is today.”

 

The Fed Cup Heart Award is an ITF initiative that was first presented to USA’s Melanie Oudin at the 2009 Fed Cup Final. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. A total of six players will be recognised in 2017. To cast your vote, visit the Fed Cup website

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963.


PLAYER INFORMATION

 

World Group / World Group II

 

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)

 

In her first live Fed Cup rubbers, suffered a three-set defeat on Saturday but won on Sunday to send Belarus into the Fed Cup semifinals for the first time.

 

Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

 

Won both singles rubbers, including a 62 62 win over world No. 7 Garbiñe Muguruza. Maintained her record of never having lost a Fed Cup tie.

 

Rebecca Sramkova (SVK)

 

On her Fed Cup debut, recorded two singles wins including the one that sealed the tie, as Slovakia defeated Italy to reach the World Group play-offs.

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

 

Won three rubbers as Switzerland defeated France to reach the Fed Cup semifinals for the second successive year.

 

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

 

Ivana Jorovic (SRB)

 

Won all four of her singles rubbers and two deciding doubles rubbers, including one in the promotional play-off, as Serbia qualified for the World Group II play-offs.

 

Heather Watson (GBR)

Won four singles rubbers and stepped in for the crucial doubles rubber in the promotional play-off against Croatia as Great Britain reached the World Group II play-offs.

 

Americas Zone Group I

 

Bianca Andreescu (CAN)

 

Making her Fed Cup debut, the 16-year-old won all four singles rubbers without dropping a set. She also won two doubles rubbers as Canada advanced to the World Group II play-offs.

 

Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

 

Won four of the six ties she contested as Paraguay earned a third-place finish in Americas Zone Group I.

 

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

Naomi Osaka (JPN)

 

On her Fed Cup debut, won all four singles rubbers as Japan reached the promotional play-off tie.

 

Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

Won four of the five rubbers she contested, including the decisive doubles rubber in the promotional play-off as Kazakhstan advanced to the World Group II play-offs.

 

VALUE OF CHEQUES

 

$10,000 World Group semifinals winner (x1)

$6,000              World Group / World Group II first round winner (x1)

$3,000              World Group / World Group II play-offs

$1,000              Zone Group I winners (x3)

 

JUDGING PANEL

 

David Haggerty (USA), ITF President

Sabine Appelmans (BEL), former Fed Cup player/captain

Mercedes Paz (ARG), former Fed Cup player

Craig Gabriel (AUS), international journalist

Sandra Harwitt (USA), international journalist

Corinne Dubreuil (FRA), international photographer

Ray Giubilo (ITA), international photographer

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Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay to Host Fed Cup Semi Between U.S. and Czech Republic

SADDLEBROOK RESORT IN TAMPA BAY TO HOST
2017 FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS WORLD GROUP SEMIFINAL
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CZECH REPUBLIC, APRIL 22-23

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 7, 2017 – The USTA announced that the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay has been selected as the site for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic, April 22-23. The U.S. reached the semifinals by defeating Germany in the First Round, 5-0, in Maui, Hawaii, earlier this year.

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year.

The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, April 22, with two singles matches. That is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, April 23. Matches will be played on a temporary outdoor green clay court.

Ticket information will be announced soon.

The winner of this matchup will advance to the Fed Cup Final, Nov. 11-12. The U.S. Fed Cup team made its last appearance in the final in 2010, falling to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles in 2000. The Czech Republic has been dominant in Fed Cup in recent years, winning five titles in the last six years (2011-12, 2014-16).

“Saddlebrook is an iconic tennis venue, and we are very pleased that Fed Cup will be showcased here for the first time,” said USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President Katrina Adams. “It will be a perfect site for our Fed Cup match-up against the Czech Republic in April and will be a great host for our players and fans. Florida fans are very enthusiastic about tennis and we look forward to playing for them as they cheer on Team USA to victory.”

Tampa Bay will be hosting Fed Cup for the first time. The U.S. Fed Cup team has never lost a tie played in Florida, holding a 4-0 record in the Sunshine State. The U.S. competed in Delray Beach in 2005, 2007 and 2013. It also competed in Aventura in 1995.

The USTA has partnered with the Saddlebrook Resort to bring this event to Tampa Bay.

“Saddlebrook Resort is thrilled to host the Fed Cup World Group Semifinal between the USA and the Czech Republic,” said Saddlebrook CEO Tom Dempsey. “Partnering with the United States Tennis Association in this tie continues a long and proud tennis relationship.”

The U.S. holds a 9-2 head-to-head record over the Czech Republic in Fed Cup play. The U.S. last faced the Czech Republic in the 2009 World Group Semifinals in Brno, Czech Republic, winning the tie, 3-2, in a fifth-and-decisive doubles rubber to go to the final. The Czech Republic has not defeated the U.S. in Fed Cup competition since 1985.

U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi will select the four players to represent the U.S. no later than 10 days prior to the event. The Czech Republic is likely to be led by 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and world No. 2 doubles player Lucie Safarova.

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group Semifinals.

The U.S. is 39-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home and holds an overall 147-36 record.

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United States Moves into Fed Cup Semis with 4-0 Win Over Germany

 

(February 12, 2017) The United States moved into its first Fed cup semifinal since 2010 by besting Germany 4-0 at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui on Sunday.

Rain shortened play on Saturday with the U.S. up 1-0. Prior to play on Sunday, CoCo Vandeweghe won her second match when Julia Goerges retired with a right knee injury, with the American up 6-3, 3-1 when the match was called for rain.

Vandeweghe began the day coming back to beat Andrea Petkovic for the first time 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, capturing the last 10 games after taking a medical time out for heat illness. This clinched the tie for the U.S.

 

“I just think at 4-2 I had 15-40 and I was playing well.” Petkovic said. “I think she served really well in the decisive moments there. She had four first serves and then I played a bad game at 4-3.
 

“I think in tennis it can change so quickly.

 

“Then she was just serving really well in the third set. I never really got any rhythm to begin with. It was difficult for me to find my way or grind my way back into the match then in the third set.”

 

“It’s really a team effort,” Vandeweghe said of the win. “It’s a home tie for a reason. I think that was a big motivating factor for me to come out there and represent my country. I don’t really need much of a reason more to give everything I have out there on the court.

 

“That was kind of it.”

 

She gave credit to the Maui crowd – “ It’s no secret I was feeling like crap out there. I definitely needed a big pick-me-up. I definitely feed off the crowd and my teammates. This is one of the few times we do have teammates.

 

“I think that is definitely what pushed me through the hump for sure.”

 

Singles match D was skipped and in the doubles rubber, the Germany team had to retire, down 1-4 when Laura Siegemund injured her elbow.

 

The U.S. will host the Czech Republic the weekend of April 22-23 at a place to be announced.

 

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi, making her debut as captain this weekend, spoke about the next tie: “Obviously Czech Republic is a very strong, tough team. They have many, many great players. One of our players knows one well.

 

“So, you know, yes. We’re going to enjoy this one. We’re going to look forward to playing them at home and have the home court advantage.

 

“Again, we’ll put together a strong team. I believe in all our American players. They’re doing great. They started off 2017 extremely strong.

 

“Yeah, we’re going to go for it.”

 

 

FINAL RESULTS

 

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. HST      

Singles A:

Alison Riske (USA) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 7-6(10), 6-2

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. HST  

Singles B:

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. Julia Goerges (GER) 6-3, 3-1, ret.

Singles C:

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Singles D:

Alison Riske (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER) not played

Doubles:

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Shelby Rogers (USA) def.

Laura Siegemund/Carina Witthoeft (GER)   4-1, ret.

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND RESULTS

United States def. Germany, 4-0

Czech Republic def. Spain, 3-2

Belarus def. Netherlands, 4-1

Switzerland def. France, 4-1

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U.S. Leads Germany 1-0 in Fed Cup After Outdated Stanza of German Anthem Sung as Day One is Shortened by Rain

U.S. Leads Germany 1-0 in Fed Cup After Outdated Stanza of German Anthem Sung During Opening Ceremony

(February 11, 2017) During the opening ceremonies of day one of the Fed Cup quarterfinal tie between the United States and Germany on Saturday in Maui, Hawaii, a World War II era stanza of the German National anthem was sung.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued an apology for the error in a statement:

“The USTA extends its sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated national anthem prior to today’s Fed Cup competition,” the release said. “In no way did we mean any disrespect. This mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie.”

 

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Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, who lost in the only completed match on Saturday was very upset about the anthem.

I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I never felt more disrespected in my whole life,” she said. “I’ve played Fed Cup for 13 years now, and it was the worst thing that has ever happened to me.”

Alison Riske, who defeated Petkovic 7-6(10), 6-2 also commented: “You know what, as it was happening obviously, we have no idea. News got around to us, and it’s extremely unfortunate. We have nothing but respect for the German team.”

“Obviously, that will not happen again.”

Alison Riske

 

For Riske, this was her first singles victory in Fed Cup.

“It mean(s) a lot when you play for your country. I’m always emotional when I talk about America. We’re lucky to be living here and to represent America. Any time we can, it’s a real honor.”

Petkovic was serving for the first set at 5-3, when Riske came back to force a tiebreak. At 3-3 in the tiebreak, play was suspended due to rain.

“I just tried to be the one that was more aggressive in the tiebreaker, because usually that person is the one who’s going to win the tiebreaker.

“Just tried to get out there after the rain break and go after it. Yeah, I did have four set points to win it. After that, I felt like I was in a better place mentally just to have one set under my belt.”

“I was fighting a lot of nerves,” she said after the match.” Like I said, we all want to win for our country, our team, our captain.”

“Considering all the conditions, it was a good quality match in the first set,” said the former top 10 Petkovic.” I just didn’t close it out. Yeah, maybe a little unlucky in few moments; maybe a little also few mistakes that shouldn’t have happened in the important moments.

“Then, as I said, she played fantastic second set.”

Coco Vandeweghe took a 6-3, 3-1 lead over Julia Goerges before rain halted play for the day.

The United States leads Germany 1-0 after the first day of play. They will resume play at 9:30 AM local time. Vandeweghe-Goerges will be completed, followed by reverse singles – Riske against Goerges,  Vandeweghe takes on Petkovic, and then the doubles match- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe versus Laura Siegemumd and Carina Witthoeft.

The winner of this tie will take on the winner of the Czech Republic- Spain tie the weekend of April 22-23.

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United States Host Germany in Fed Cup First Round in Maui

Team USA, (Left to right) CoCo Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, Captain Kathy Rinaldi at the 2017 Fed Cup tie between the United States and Germany in Maui, HI on February 7.

 

 

(February 10, 2017) The United States takes on Germany in the first round of World Group this weekend in Maui. Day one’s schedule includes two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Sunday’s schedule features two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off and then the No. 2 players meet, followed by the doubles match.

 

The Royal Lahaina Resort hosts the tie which will lead off with world No. 40 Alison Riske taking on world No. 51 Andrea Petkovic.

 

Riske is playing in her first Fed Cup tie since 2015 and is competing in her second Fed Cup singles match, holding an 0-1 record. Riske peaked at a career-high No. 38 in the world this January after a strong start to 2017, highlighted by reaching her fifth career WTA singles final in Shenzhen and advancing to the third round of the Australian Open. Petkovic is competing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 12-6 Fed Cup singles record. She peaked at No. 9 in the world in October 2011 when she reached the quarterfinals of three different Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, and the US Open). She also advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 French Open. Riske and Petkovic have never faced each other in WTA competition.

 

The second match-up on Saturday will feature the United States’ top player Coco Vandeweghe against German Julia Goerges. Vandeweghe and Goerges have met three times on the WTA Tour, with Goerges holding a 2-1 record over Vandeweghe. Goerges won the last two meetings at the 2015 French Open (in three sets) and in Brussels in 2013. Vandeweghe defeated Goerges in Tokyo in 2010. Vandeweghe is ranked a career-high No. 20 in the world after advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam result. In Australia, she upset three seeded players, including then-world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, before falling to Venus Williams in the semifinals. Vandeweghe has played in four Fed Cup ties for the U.S., holding a 1-3 record in singles and a 3-0 record in doubles. Goerges is ranked No. 57 in the world and peaked at a career-high No. 15 in the world in April 2012. She holds two WTA titles and advanced to four additional finals. She is playing in her 14th Fed Cup tie and holds a 4-6 singles record in Fed Cup play.

 

Kathy Rinaldi will be making her debut as Fed Cup Captain in this match-up.Rinaldi was named the 19th U.S. Fed Cup Captain on December 8, succeeding Mary Joe Fernandez after eight years at the post. Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993).

 

The winner of this matchup will advance to face either the Czech Republic or Spain in the World Group Semifinals, held April 22-23, for a chance to compete for the 2017 Fed Cup title. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoffs in April to remain in the World Group.

 

Order of Play

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. HST      

Singles A: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles B: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

 

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. HST  

Singles C: Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles D: Alison Riske (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

Doubles:Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Laura Siegemund/Carina Witthoeft (GER)

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Tennis Channel To Air Live Coverage of U.S. Fed Cup Tie Against Germany

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9, 2017 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s first-round competition against Germany in Maui, Hawaii, this weekend, with telecasts Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 4 p.m. ET, and Sunday, Feb. 12, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Australian Open doubles champion and World No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will lead singles semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe, Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers as they begin their quest for the 2017 Fed Cup title.

The battle between the United States and Germany will consist of two singles matches Saturday, and two singles matches and a doubles match Sunday. The winner of the first-round matchup will advance to the semifinals in April to face either the Czech Republic or Spain.

In addition to covering the United States-Germany matchup this weekend, Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus will show two other first-round Fed Cup competitions. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 11, viewers can watch three-time defending Fed Cup champions Czech Republic play Spain in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and 2016 Fed Cup finalist France take on Switzerland in Geneva. Viewers can also catch both of these on-demand on the network’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus. The platform (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com) is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel.  Other stars set to play Fed Cup this weekend include the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, France’s Alize Cornet and Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky.

Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) will join Hall of Famer and former U.S. Fed Cup player Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76) in Maui to call the United States-Germany matches for Tennis Channel. As a player, Davenport contributed to U.S. Fed Cup team championships in 1996, 1999 and 2000. The network’s on-air team will also include former player and renowned sportscaster Mary Carillo, Hall of Famer and former U.S. Fed Cup player Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin), and former U.S. Davis Cup players Leif Shiras (@LShirock) and Paul Annacone (@Paul_Annacone). During Austin’s U.S. Fed Cup career she contributed to three championships (1978-1980).

Tennis Channel’s live Fed Cup coverageis as follows (all time ET):
Saturday, Feb. 11:
7:30 a.m. -Singles Czech Republic v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)
8a.m. -Singles France v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)
4p.m. -Singles USA v. Germany

Sunday, Feb. 12:
7a.m. -Singles, Doubles Czech Republic v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)
Singles, Doubles France v. Switzerland (on Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus)
3p.m. -Singles, Doubles USA v. Germany

The United States and Germany have met 13 times in Fed Cup play, with the United States holding an 8-5 advantage. However, Germany won the last meeting 5-0 in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011. The Americans last defeated Germany in 2008, in La Jolla, Calif. The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup championships, the most recent in 2000.

The U.S. Fed Cup team is captained this year by retired American tennis star, Kathy Rinaldi who, as a player, reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1985. She also holds three WTA singles titles and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 7 in 1986. Mattek-Sands, World No. 1 doubles player, leads the Americans into this weekend after winning the Australian Open women’s doubles title with Lucie Safarova. Vandeweghe also had an impressive run at last month’s Australian Open, with wins over reigning champion and then-World No. 1 Angelique Kerber and 2016 French Open champion Muguruza en route to the semifinals. Riske reached her fifth career WTA singles final in January at the Shenzhen Open in China and the third round at the Australian Open. Fed Cup newcomer Rogers achieved a career-high ranking after advancing to the quarterfinals at the WTA event in Hobart, Australia, prior to defeating Simona Halep in the first round of the Australian Open.

Germany has won the Fed Cup title on two occasions: 1987 and 1992. The team is captained by Barbara Rittnerand features Laura Siegemund, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Carina Witthoeft.

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Nominations Announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

Nominations Announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

ITF: (February 1, 2017) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 11-12 February.

Three Zone Group I events are also taking place on 6-11 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.

 

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 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

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v SPAIN

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

Czech Republic

Karolina Pliskova

Barbora Strycova

Katerina Siniakova

Lucie Safarova

Captain: Petr Pala

Spain

Garbine Muguruza

Lara Arruabarrena

Sara Sorribes Tormo

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Captain: Conchita Martinez

 

USA v GERMANY

Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

USA

CoCo Vandeweghe

Alison Riske

Shelby Rogers

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Captain: Kathy Rinaldi

 

Germany

Laura Siegemund

Andrea Petkovic

Julia Goerges

Carina Witthoeft

Captain: Barbara Rittner

 

BELARUS v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoor)

 

Belarus

Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Aryna Sabalenka

Olga Govortsova

Vera Lapko

Captain: Eduard Dubrou

 

Netherlands

Kiki Bertens

Cindy Burger

Arantxa Rus

Michaella Krajicek

Captain: Paul Haarhuis

 

SWITZERLAND v FRANCE

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Switzerland

Timea Bacsinszky

Viktorija Golubic

Belinda Bencic

Martina Hingis

Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

 

France

Alize Cornet

Kristina Mladenovic

Pauline Parmentier

Captain: Yannick Noah

 

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

RUSSIA v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: Druzhba Sport Complex, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Russia

Ekaterina Makarova

Natalia Vikhlyantseva

Anna Blinkova

Anna Kalinskaya

Captain: Anastasia Myskina

 

Chinese Taipei

Chang Kai-Chen

Lee Ya-Hsuan

Hsu Ching-Wen

Chan Chin-Wei

Captain: Wang Shi-Ting

 

ROMANIA v BELGIUM

Venue: Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Romania

Simona Halep

Irina-Camelia Begu

Monica Niculescu

Sorana Cirstea

Captain: Ilie Nastase

 

Belgium

Yanina Wickmayer

Kirsten Flipkens

Elise Mertens

Maryna Zanevska

Captain: Dominique Monami

 

UKRAINE v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Palace of Sports ‘Lokomotiv’, Kharkiv, UKR (hard – indoor)

Ukraine

Elina Svitolina

Lesia Tsurenko

Olga Savchuk

Nadiia Kichenok

Captain: Mikhail Filima

 

Australia

Daria Gavrilova

Ashleigh Barty

Arina Rodionova

Casey Dellacqua

Captain: Alicia Molik

 

ITALY v SLOVAKIA

Venue: PalaGalassi, Forlì, ITA (clay – indoor)

 

Italy

Sara Errani

Francesca Schiavone

Jasmine Paolini

Martina Trevisan

Captain: Tathiana Garbin

 

Slovakia

Jana Cepelova

Rebecca Sramkova

Daniela Hantuchova

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Captain: Matej Liptak

 

 

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Johanna Konta Heads Nominations for 2017 Fed Cup Zone Group I Events

ITF: (January 10, 2017) World No. 10 Johanna Konta heads the nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events taking place on 6-11 February in the same week as the Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 11-12 February.

 

The ITF has announced the full nominations for Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.

 

The draws for all three Zone Group I events will be held at Melbourne Park on Monday 16 January at 10am GMT.

 

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

 

Eight top 50 players will contest Zone Group I events, with Great Britain’s Konta joined in Europe/Africa Zone Group I by Hungary’s Timea Babos, Croatia’s Ana Konjuh and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, while in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, hosts Kazakhstan have named Yuliya Putintseva and Yaroslava Shvedova, with Japan being led by Misaki Doi and Naomi Osaka.

 

Nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 6-7 February will be announced on Wednesday 1 February.

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Tallink Tennis Centre, Tallinn, Estonia (hard – indoors)

Dates: 8-11 February

 

Austria
Barbara Haas
Tamira Paszek
Julia Grabher
Pia Konig
Captain: Jurgen Waber

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina
Dea Herdzelas
Jelena Simic
Anita Husaric
Nefisa Berberovic
Captain: Vojin Sukalo

 

Bulgaria
Tsvetana Pironkova
Isabella Shinikova
Viktoriya Tomova
Sesil Karatantcheva
Captain: Dora Rangelova

 

Croatia
Ana Konjuh
Donna Vekic
Tena Lukas
Lea Boskovic
Captain: Iva Majoli

 

Estonia
Anett Kontaveit
Valeria Gorlats
Maileen Nuudi
Maria Lota Kaul
Captain: Marten Tamla

 

Georgia
Sofia Shapatava
Ekaterine Gorgodze
Mariam Bolkvadze
Oksana Kalashnikova
Captain: Margalita Chakhnashvili

 

Great Britain

Johanna Konta
Heather Watson
Laura Robson
Jocelyn Rae
Captain: Anne Keothavong

 

Hungary
Timea Babos
Dalma Galfi
Fanni Stollar
Agnes Bukta
Captain: Gabor Juhasz

 

Israel

Julia Glushko
Deniz Khazaniuk
Maya Tahan
Shelly Krolitzky
Captain: Tzipora Hirsh-Obziler

 

Latvia
Jelena Ostapenko
Diana Marcinkevica
Daniela Vismane
Captain: Andis Juska

 

Poland
Magda Linette
Katarzyna Piter
Paula Kania
Magdalena Frech
Captain: Klaudia Jans-Ignacik

 

Portugal
Michelle Larcher de Brito
Ines Murta
Maria Joao Koehler
Joana Vale Costa
Captain: Neuza Silva

 

Serbia
Nina Stojanovic
Ivana Jorovic
Dejana Radanovic
Olga Danilovic
Captain: Tatjana Jecmenica

 

Turkey
Cagla Buyukakcay
Ipek Soylu
Ayla Aksu
Pemra Ozgen
Captain: Alaaddin Karagoz

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Club Deportivo la Asuncion, Metepec, Mexico (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 6-11 February

 

Argentina
Catalina Pella
Nadia Podoroska
Guadalupe Perez Rojas
Maria Irigoyen
Captain: Marcelo Gomez

 

Bolivia
Noelia Zeballos
Hortencia Birnbaumer
Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran
Paola Vargas
Captain: Rolando Nieva

 

Brazil
Teliana Pereira
Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves
Gabriela Ce
Luisa Stefani
Captain: Fernando Roese

 

Canada
Francoise Abanda
Bianca Andreescu
Charlotte Robillard-Millette
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

 

Chile
Daniela Seguel
Fernanda Brito
Barbara Gatica
Daniela Lopez
Captain: Jorge Ibanez Garcia

 

Colombia
Mariana Duque-Marino
Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez
Emiliana Arango
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano
Captain: Catalina Castano

 

Mexico
Renata Zarazua
Marcela Zacarias
Giuliana Olmos
Nazari Urbina
Captain: Agustin Moreno

 

Paraguay
Veronica Cepede Royg
Montserrat Gonzalez
Camila Giangreco Campiz
Lara Escauriza
Captain: Alfredo de Brix

 

Venezuela
Andrea Gamiz
Aymet Uzcategui
Adriana Perez
Maria Gabriela Linares de Faria
Captain: William Campos

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (hard – indoors)

Dates: 8-11 February

 

China, P.R.
Duan Ying-Ying
Zhu Lin
Zhang Kai-Lin
Yang Zhaoxuan
Captain: Wang Peng

 

India
Ankita Raina
Karman Kaur Thandi
Snehadevi S Reddy
Sania Mirza
Captain: Nandan Bal

 

Japan
Misaki Doi
Naomi Osaka
Eri Hozumi
Shuko Aoyama
Captain: Toshihisa Tsuchihashi

 

Kazakhstan

Yuliya Putintseva
Yaroslava Shvedova
Galina Voskoboeva
Kamila Kerimbayeva
Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

Korea, Republic
Jang Su Jeong
Han Na-Lae
Kim Nari
Choi Ji-Hee
Captain: Kim Jin Hee

 

Philippines
Katharina Lehnert
Anna Clarice Patrimonio
Khim Iglupas
Playing captain: Czarina-Mae Arevalo

Thailand
Luksika Kumkhum
Peangtarn Plipuech
Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Kamonwan Buayam
Captain: Tamarine Tanasugarn

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