May 27, 2016

April 17 Fed Cup Results

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(April 17, 2016) The final results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 16-17 April.

France will host Czech Republic in the Fed Cup Final on 12-13 November. In the semifinals, France defeated Netherlands 3-2 in Trelaze, while Czech Republic overcame Switzerland by the same scoreline in Lucerne.

Belarus, Germany, Spain and USA all won their World Group play-offs and will join Czech Republic, France, Netherlands and Switzerland in the 2017 World Group.

Belgium, Chinese Taipei, Slovakia and Ukraine all won their World Group II play-offs, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Australia, Italy, Romania and Russia, in 2017 World Group II. The four World Group II play-off losing nations, Argentina, Canada, Poland and Serbia, will contest their respective Zone Group I events in 2017.

The draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday 20 June. The top two seeds in the 2017 World Group will be the 2016 finalists, while the remaining seeds will be based on the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 18 April.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated SWITZERLAND 3-2

Venue: Messe Luzern, Lucerne, SUI (hard – indoor)

Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 60 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 36 64 64

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 64 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Barbora Strycova (CZE) 36 76(6) 61

Lucie Hradecka/Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Viktorija Golubic/Martina Hingis (SUI) 62 62

FRANCE defeated NETHERLANDS 3-2

Venue: Arena Loire, Trélazé, FRA (clay – indoor)

 

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 62

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 62 64

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 75 64

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 63 64

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Kiki Bertens/Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 46 63 63

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS defeated RUSSIA 3-2

Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 63 36 61

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 62 63

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 62 57 63

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 46 61 75

Darya Kasatkina/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova/Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 64 62

 

SPAIN defeated ITALY 4-0

Venue: Club de Tennis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(4) 60

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 61

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 62

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – not played

Anabel Medina Garrigues/Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Karin Knapp/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 11  ret.

 

GERMANY defeated ROMANIA 4-1

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

 

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 62 63

Simona Halep (ROU) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 67(5) 64

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 62 62

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 06 76(1) 63

Annika Beck/Julia Goerges (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu/Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 67(5) 76(4) [10-7]

 

USA defeated AUSTRALIA 4-0

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (clay – outdoor)

 

Madison Keys (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 64 62

Christina McHale (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 61 75

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 26 75 64

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA) – not played

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova/Arina Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena (Pionir Hall), Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 76(8)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 75 60

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 16 75 86

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 76(8) 64

Jovana Jaksic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 46 60 [10-5]

 

SLOVAKIA defeated CANADA 3-2

Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 46 63 61

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 46 64

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 75 62

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 62 60

Sharon Fichman/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova/Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) 63 06 [10-8]

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated POLAND 4-1

Venue: OSiR Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Inowroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 63 64

Magdalena Frech (POL) d. Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 46 60 62

Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 26 63 97

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Magdalena Frech (POL) 62 46 63

Chan Chin-Wei/Chuang Chia-Jung (TPE) d. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Katarzyna Kawa (POL) 62 76(1)

 

UKRAINE defeated ARGENTINA 4-0

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 61 64

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 63

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Fed Cup: U.S. defeats Australia 4-0 to Advance to World Group in 2017

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(April 17, 2016) The U.S. now moves back to competing in the World Group next year by beating Australia, 4-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff on an outdoor clay court in Pat Rafter Arena at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

In the first match of the day, world No. 36 CoCo Vandeweghe came from a set down to beat world No. 26 Samantha Stosur, 26, 75, 64, in two hours and 18 minutes to clinch the victory for the United States. The win was also the first in her Fed Cup singles career for Vandeweghe who now moves to 1-3. Vandeweghe also moved her lifetime record to 4-1 against Stosur.   The U.S. team is now 3-1 when Coco takes the court.  The Christina McHale-Daria Gavrilova match was not played.

“Well, I mean Sam’s a phenomenal player and I actually really enjoy playing against her because she is that phenomenal player,” said Vandeweghe.  “This is the first time we ever played on clay, so I mean, all the other surfaces were quicker, hardcourts or grass.  So I knew this would be more well suited for her game, she’d be more comfortable than I would be.  But you know, I still stuck to my game plan of trying to implement my game to her before she could definitely get me off balance and that’s pretty much what I try to do against her most of the time when we play.”

 

“Well that was the first Fed Cup singles win that I’ve ever had,” she said.  “The first time I ever played was in a final and I really didn’t rise to the occasion too well, I was – I think I was like 18 or something the first time I played and, you know, that was really disappointing for me as a player and also as a player representing the United States.  So, I mean I think it’s such a privilege to play for the United States and I think it’s always been my No.1 goal to play for my country and to make the Olympic team eventually more so than Grand Slams and stuff like that.  It was just the way I was raised.

 

In the dead doubles rubber, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe faced Daria Gavrilova and Arina Rodionova.  Daria and Arina were substituted for Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur.  In the end, Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe won the match, 61, 64, in one hour and 17 minutes.  With the victory Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe remain undefeated as a doubles team.  In Fed Cup, Mattek-Sands moved her doubles record to 5-0 record while Vandeweghe moved to 3-0.

 

“No the whole team is MVP, they all did their part, they all contributed,” said United Stated Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez.  “I always say the first match kind of gives you the momentum, I always say the first match is critical.  So Madison got us off to such a great start.  Hooray. And then Christina picked it up and played really, really well and fought so hard towards the end of the match, and then Coco today came back, a set and 2-love down, and you know, fought as well.  So it was an amazing effort to turn that match around and the doubles went great too.  So I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.”

The U.S. remains undefeated at 22-0 when leading after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995). The U.S. also improves to 10-12 all-time in Fed Cup ties played on the road, and holds an overall 146-36 record.  The victory also moves the Fed Cup teams record to 11-3 in matches played in Australia/New Zealand.

With the victory, the U.S. advances to the World Group in 2017. The 2017 Fed Cup draw will be made in mid-November after the World Group Finals.

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Fed Cup Draws Announced for World Group Play-offs and World Group II Play-offs

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(April 15, 2016) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 16-17 April.

Three Fed Cup Zone Group events are also taking place this week: Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in Hua Hin, Thailand (11-16 April); Europe/Africa Zone Group II in Cairo, Egypt (13-16 April); and Europe/Africa Zone Group III in Ulcinj, Montenegro (11-16 April).

The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2017 World Group, with the losers contesting 2017 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2017 World Group II, with the four losers contesting the 2017 Zone Group I events. The draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday 20 June.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

SWITZERLAND v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Messe Luzern, Lucerne, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Barbora Strycova (CZE)

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) v Barbora Strycova (CZE)

Timea Bacsinszky/Martina Hingis (SUI) v Denisa Allertova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

FRANCE v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Arena Loire, Trélazé, FRA (clay – indoor)

 

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Kiki Bertens (NED)

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

Alize Cornet/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Cindy Burger/Arantxa Rus (NED)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

RUSSIA v BELARUS

Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Elizaveta Kulichkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Olga Govortsova/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

 

SPAIN v ITALY

Venue: Club de Tennis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Anabel Medina Garrigues/Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) v Karin Knapp/Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

 

ROMANIA v GERMANY

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

 

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Alexandra Dulgheru/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Annika Beck/Julia Goerges (GER)

 

AUSTRALIA v USA

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (clay – outdoor)

 

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Madison Keys (USA)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Madison Keys (USA)

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA)

Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

SERBIA v BELGIUM

Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena (Pionir Hall), Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Jovana Jaksic (SRB) v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

Jovana Jaksic (SRB) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Ivana Jorovic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL)

 

SLOVAKIA v CANADA

Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Francoise Abanda (CAN)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Francoise Abanda (CAN)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)

Jana Cepelova/Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Sharon Fichman/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN)

 

POLAND v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: ORiR Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Inowroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Paula Kania (POL) v Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE)
Magdalena Frech (POL) v Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE)
Paula Kania (POL) v Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE)
Magdalena Frech (POL) v Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Katarzyna Kawa (POL) v Chan Chin-Wei/Chuang Chia-Jung (TPE)

 

UKRAINE v ARGENTINA

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

 

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Nadia Podoroska (ARG)

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v Nadia Podoroska (ARG)

Lyudmyla Kichenok/Olga Savchuk (UKR) v Maria Lourdes Carle/Guadalupe Perez Rojas (ARG)

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ITF Rejects Appeals from Aljaz Bedene and Maxim Dubarenco, Approves Daria Gavrilova

(March 23, 2016) The International Tennis Federation rejected appeals from Aljaz Bedene and Maxim Dubarenco to play Davis Cup.

Moldovan-born Dubarenco was appealing to play for Belarus, while the Slovenian-born Bedene was hoping to be able to compete for Great Britain.

The No. 57th player in the world Bedene became a British Citizen in 2015.

Great Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association was unhappy with the decision. This is their official statement:

Following Sunday’s ITF Board meeting in Moldova, Aljaz Bedene’s appeal against a decision to deny him eligibility to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup, was unsuccessful.

 

Michael Downey LTA Chief Executive said: “We are very disappointed for Aljaz and with the outcome of the appeal hearing on Sunday. The LTA has fully supported him in his endeavour to represent the country he rightfully and proudly calls home. In terms of next steps, we will consider the options and continue to consult with Aljaz.”

 

Aljaz Bedene said: “Of course I am very sad with today’s result and that it has not gone the way I had hoped. I would like to thank all the fans, my team and the LTA for continuing to support me all the way. I will have to assess my situation now before I decide on what steps to take next.”

 

The ITF did approve the appeal of Russian -born Daria Gavrilova to play Fed Cup for Australia. She changed her nationality in 2015.

 

Here is the official release from the ITF:

Announcement by the ITF Board of Directors

 

The ITF Board of Directors met in Chisinau, Moldova on 20 and 21 March and heard three appeals about eligibility to compete in its international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

Appeal by the Lawn Tennis Association on behalf of Aljaz Bedene

 

The Board determined that the applicable version of the ITF Davis Cup Regulations for the appeal at hand were the 2015 version.

 

The Board considered all written and oral submissions made by the LTA, Aljaz Bedene, Tenis Slovenia and the original decision maker, the Davis Cup Committee, along with all evidence received before and during the hearing, all on a “de novo” basis.

 

In all the circumstances, the Board determined that an exception should not be made pursuant to Article 35(d) of the ITF Davis Cup Regulations.

 

Mr Bedene is not eligible to represent Great Britain in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

Appeal by the Belarus Tennis Federation on behalf of Maxim Dubarenco

 

The Board determined that the applicable version of the ITF Davis Cup Regulations for the appeal at hand were the 2015 version.

 

The Board considered all written and oral submissions made by the Belarus Tennis Federation, the Moldova Republic Tennis Federation and the original decision maker, the Davis Cup Committee.

 

In all the circumstances, the Board determined that an exception should not be made pursuant to Article 35(d) of the ITF Davis Cup Regulations.

 

Mr Dubarenco is not eligible to represent Belarus in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

Appeal by Tennis Australia on behalf of Daria Gavrilova

 

The Board determined that the applicable version of the ITF Fed Cup Regulations for the appeal at hand were the 2015 version.

 

The Board considered all written and oral submissions made by Tennis Australia, Daria Gavrilova, the Russian Tennis Federation and the original decision maker, the Fed Cup Committee.

 

In all the circumstances, the Board determined that an exception should be made pursuant to Article 31(b) of the ITF Fed Cup Regulations.

 

Miss Gavrilova is now eligible to represent Australia in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

 

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ITF Confirms Schedule for 2017 Davis Cup and Fed Cup

 

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(March 14, 2016) The ITF today confirmed the schedule for the 2017 Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. These are the regular dates for both competitions in a year with a short summer, when there is one less week in the summer tennis calendar.

 

2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

 

World Group first round: 3-5 February

World Group quarterfinals: 7-9 April

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 15-17 September

World Group Final: 24-26 November

 

2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

 

World Group and World Group II first round: 11-12 February

World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 22-23 April

World Group Final: 11-12 November

 

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Draws Announced for 2016 Fed Cup Play-offs

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(February 6, 2016)The ITF has announced the draws for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April:

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

Russia [s] [c] [*] v Belarus
Spain [c] v Italy [s]
Romania [c] [*] v Germany [s]
Australia [s] [c] [*] v USA

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

Serbia [s] [c] v Belgium
Slovakia [c] v Canada [s]
Poland [s] [c] [*] v Chinese Taipei
Ukraine [c] v Argentina [s]

[s] = seed

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

 

The seeds were based on the new ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 8 February.

 

The 2016 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 16-17 April. In the semifinals, Switzerland will be at home to Czech Republic, and France will be at home to Netherlands.

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Fed Cup World Group II R1: Belarus fends off spirited fight from Canada

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By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(February 7, 2016) QUEBEC CITY – It came down to the finish line, but Belarus pulled off the 3-2 win against Canada in their Fed Cup World Group II first round encounter played in Quebec City. Starting the day tied at one, Françoise Abanda gave an early 2-1 lead to the host team, before Aliaksandra Sasnovich won her second match of the week to force a deciding doubles match. The local duo of Gabriela Dabrowski and Carol Zhao then lost to more-experienced Sasnovich and Olga Govortsova to send Belarus into the World Group I play-offs. It was Zhao’s first ever match in Fed Cup.

While Canada is technically ranked higher in the ITF nations ranking, Belarus started off the weekend as clear favorites, despite the last minute withdrawal of their top player Victoria Azarenka. Both Govortsova and Sasnovich are ranked in the top 100 of the WTA rankings, while Canada had no players ranked in the top 300. Nevertheless, Aleksandra Wozniak, a former top 30 player coming back from injury, and Françoise Abanda, a former junior top 5 player, both have had inspired Fed Cup performances in the past.

First up were Govorstova and Abanda. Right from the start, Govortsova, showed better form than in her loss yesterday to Wozniak. The Belarussian would take control of the points early, keep Abanda on the move and finish off at the net, a fruitful strategy which gave her an early 4-2 lead. But errors then started to creep in, while Abanda took advantage of weaker second serves. The Canadian reeled off the last four games and won all eleven points on the Belarussian’s second serve to get the first set 6-4.

A similar story happened in the second set, when Abanda again came back from a 2-4 deficit to win 6-4, hitting spectacular winners, especially on the backhand side. After the match, the Canadian was especially proud to keep her aggressive tennis with a lower unforced error count, which was her downfall on Saturday. “I have an aggressive game, but my goal after yesterday was to cut down on the errors. I was calmer, more serene and more confident.” Her final stats were impressive, hitting 31 winners to 27 unforced errors, a notable improvement from her 43 errors from Saturday.

Asked about their similar game style, Govortsova agreed: “She seemed to like my game; she was comfortable with my shots. She would hit just as hard as I did.” Coming back from injury and having played only one match since October, Govortsova confirmed she was now healthy, but wasn’t feeling match tough: “I feel like I didn’t close out so many games. I haven’t played enough matches recently.” The Belarussian played herself a pretty clean match with even numbers of winners and unforced errors (24), but really struggled with her serve, hitting 9 doubles faults and getting broken six times.

All eyes were now focused on Aleksandra Wozniak to wrap up the win for the host nation. Playing in her 50th Fed Cup match, the Canadian gave a stellar performance on Saturday to defeat Govortsova and had experience on her side against 21-year-old Sasnovich. Both players started off the match solidly on their serve, as the first nine games were won by the server. Up 5-4, Sasnovich then requested a medical time out for what seemed like pain in her left thigh. This seemed to break Wozniak’s serving rhythm, as she started off with a double fault. Few points later, the feisty Sasnovich would wrap up the set 6-4.

This seemed to start a series of serving woes for both players, as four breaks decided the first seven games of the second set. Down 4-3, Wozniak saved four break points to level at 4-4 to the delight of the crowd, who could sense a possible comeback. But Sasnovich, who had lengthily discussed the emotional importance of playing for her country all week, played spirited tennis to hold easily and fend off a game point on Wozniak’s serve to wrap up the match 6-4, 6-4 on a forehand return winner.

The final doubles match was played between Gabriela Dabrowski, the top ranked doubles player in Canada, and her partner Carol Zhao, a top NCAA player, against Govortsova and Sasnovich, who was sent in last minute after her inspired play of the weekend. Right away, the Belarussians showed that they were more powerful off the ground, attacking the Canadians from all corners of the court. More crafty, both Dabrowski and Zhao tried to vary their shots and strategies, but too often were stuck with incomplete volleys. The duo from Belarus took an early 3-0 lead and never looked back, winning the set 6-2.

The different strategy from the Canadians started paying off in the second set, where they started serving better and finishing off more volleys. Despite going down an early break, the local pair stayed with the Belarussians until the end, when Sasnovich, the star of the weekend, served for the match and the tie at 5-4. Solid, as she was in her three matches, she served it easily, giving her country the win.

Belarus will now be looking to book a spot in the World Group I for the first time since the change in structure in 2005. On the other hand, Canada will go back to defending their slot in the World Group II for the first time since 2013. Both ties will be played on April 16-17; draws and venues should be announced later this week.

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Fed Cup Results

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(February 7, 2016) Sunday’s results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 6-7 February.

 

In the World Group semifinals, on 16-17 April, Switzerland will be at home to Czech Republic, while France will host Netherlands.

 

Australia, Belarus, Spain and USA, the four winners in World Group II, have qualified for the World Group play-offs on 16-17 April, where they will be joined by the four World Group first round losers, Italy, Germany, Romania and Russia.

 

Argentina, Belgium, Chinese Taipei and Ukraine, who all qualified from their respective Zone Group I events on Saturday, will contest the World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April, where they will be joined by the four World Group II losers, Canada, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.

 

The draw for the World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs will be held at the ITF offices in London on Tuesday 9 February at 12:00 GMT. The seeds will be based on the new Fed Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 8 February.

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated ROMANIA 3-2

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

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

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

Simona Halep (ROU) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 36 63

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 46 63

Karolina Pliskova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU) 62 63

 

SWITZERLAND defeated GERMANY 3-2

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

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

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

Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 76(4) 63

Annika Beck (GER) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 64

Martina Hingis/Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 62

 

FRANCE defeated ITALY 4-1

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

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

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

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 76(4) 61

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 63 64

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Martina Caregaro/Sara Errani (ITA) 60 61

 

NETHERLANDS defeated RUSSIA 3-1

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

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

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

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 61 64

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Richel Hogenkamp (NED) – not played

Darya Kasatkina/Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Cindy Burger/Arantxa Rus (NED) 60 62

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

AUSTRALIA defeated SLOVAKIA 3-2

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

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

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

Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 76(5) 75

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 63 61

Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 57 61 62

 

BELARUS defeated CANADA 3-2

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

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

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

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 64

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 64

Olga Govortsova/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Gabriela Dabrowski/Carol Zhao (CAN) 62 64

 

USA defeated POLAND 4-0

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

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

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

Venus Williams (USA) d. Magda Linette (POL) 61 62

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Paula Kania (POL) – not played

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Paula Kania (POL) 61 75

 

SPAIN defeated SERBIA 4-0

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

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

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

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 63 64

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) – not played

Lara Arruabarrena/Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) d. Ivana Jorovic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) 46 76(6) [10-7]

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USA Defeats Poland in Fed Cup World Group II

 

(February 7, 2016) The United States is now one step closer to competing in the World Group next year by sweeping Poland, 4-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round at the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, today.

 

In Sunday’s first match of the day in windy conditions, world No. 12 Venus Williams cruised past world No. 96 Magda Linette, 6-1, 6-2, in one hour and one minute to clinch the victory for the United States. Williams and Linette had never faced each other on the WTA Tour. Williams is now 19-2 in Fed Cup singles play, while Linette is 1-5. The Sloane Stephens-Paula Kania match was not played.

“This has been the most enthusiastic crowd I’ve ever played in front of, for Fed Cup, or even at home,” Williams said. “The enthusiasm, exciting. When they announced they were going to play the doubles, the crowd was so excited. You can hear them right now.

“It’s just been a pleasure to play for that.

“I love playing. I love looking forward to playing the next ties, seeing who we’re going to play when the draw comes out. I love all of that.

“I think I had a little bit of an advantage today because Sloane had a chance to play against Magda, so had a nice scouting report. I was able to really get started quickly. I think she did a little of the work beforehand for me. I kind of like had the heads-up.”

In the dead doubles rubber, CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands faced playing captain Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Paula Kania, who substituted for Alicja Rosolska. In the end, Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands won their match, 6-1, 7-5, in one hour and 15 minutes. Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands were playing together for the first time and Vandeweghe had beat Mattek-Sands in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles tournament last month. Vandeweghe is now 2-0 in Fed Cup doubles play, also playing in a dead doubles rubber last year with Taylor Townsend in the World Group II First Round in Argentina, while Mattek-Sands is 4-0 in doubles, last playing Fed Cup doubles in the 2010 World Group Semifinal against Russia. Jans-Ignacik is now 20-10 in Fed Cup doubles play, while Kania is 1-2.

“We just played our game,” said Mattek-Sands. “We kept playing aggressive, closing the net. That’s how we won the first set. We’re prepared for our opponents to step up and play better. Maybe have a little less pressure on them in the second and go for a few shots.

“I think it’s business as usual. We had our game plan and we stuck to it.”

“There’s ebbs and flows to every match,” said Vandeweghe. “It’s how you weather the storm for their good play and also adjusting to your own play. At times Bethanie and I were playing in sync, and at times we weren’t. This is the first time we ever played together. I think we have to take that into account as well.

“But I think we adjusted well right after the break, showing our dominance and presence again, basically dominating their serves right back.”

The U.S. is now 21-0 when leading 2-0 after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995), 38-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home, and holds an overall 145-36 record.

 

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

 

ORDER OF PLAY AND RESULTS

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME      MATCH             PAIRING

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.         Singles C:             Venus Williams (USA) def. Magda Linette (POL) 6-1, 6-2

Singles D:             Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Paula Kania (POL)  not played

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

def. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Paula Kania (POL) 6-1, 7-5

 

The United States advances to the World Group Playoffs, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. Poland will play in the World Group II Playoffs in April to remain in World Group II in 2017.

 

The draw for the World Group Playoffs will be held this Tuesday, February 9. The U.S. will face one of the losers of World Group I – Romania, Germany, Italy, and Russia. Below are the home-away scenarios.

– Romania (coin toss)

– Germany (home tie)

– Italy (home tie)

– Russia (away tie)

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ORDER OF PLAY AND RESULTS

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME      MATCH             PAIRING

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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