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Ivanovic Surprises Germany In World Group Playoff

Ana Ivanovic

By Tumaini Carayol

(April 21, 2013) STUTTGART – There were few surprises on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff tie between Germany and Serbia. As expected, Ana Ivanovic maneuvered past Mona Barthel in a tight three-set contest that showcased the young German’s knack for producing both the spectacular and the gruesome in equal measure. Similarly predicable was a tough but straightforward victory for Germany’s own number one, as Angelique Kerber outran Bojana Jovanovski to balance the tie precariously at 1-1.

 

As the two number ones took to court on Sunday, first indications pointed to a yet another predictable result as Kerber raced to a 3-0 lead over the former French Open champion. Ivanovic arrived attempting to play her well-known attacking tennis, but struggled to find a sizable chink in the German’s defense Before long, the Serb faced the indignity of possibly falling to a 0-4 deficit and yet another tame loss to a top player appeared likelier with every stroke.

 

A myriad of loopy backhands, a handful slices and a few dropshots later, the first surprise of the weekend arose. Ivanovic suddenly moved further behind the baseline and, seemingly on a whim, decided that the world number five was deserving of none of the pace the Serb had been feeding her with. It’s no secret that – as Sara Errani can proudly attest to – Kerber detests “junk” and struggles when forced to create her own pace. The scoreline also agreed. From 3-0 and break point, Kerber suddenly found herself down 3-4 as Ivanovic flipped the match on its head, opening up a box of tricks that had steadily collected dust since that glorious spring in 2008.

 

From 4-3, a shift occurred, confidence appeared to well up inside of Ivanovic as the aggressive play returned. Though she continued to struggle on her return of serve, Ivanovic attempted to wash away her opponent by returning to the familiar feeling of dominating with her forehand. The times she found herself down break point, she responded by aggressively playing her way out of danger or else attacking before throwing in a well-timed slice to throw her opponent off. Kerber hung on, but the rapidly rising wave of inevitability eventually crashed down. Ivanovic broke in the twelfth game to take the set 7-5, fittingly ending with Kerber struggling to time yet another pace-changer from Ivanovic’s racket and directing a forehand into the tramlines.

 

The second set followed a similar pattern as the pair exchanged service holds during the early stages. Once again, Ivanovic broke at an important moment – the ever-pivotal eighth game – and appeared well on her way to capturing the match up 7-5, 5-3. After scraping back triple break point down, she finally found herself up match point. A big first serve followed, and all that stood between Ivanovic and her first claycourt top five victory was an short backhand. Two seconds later, the backhand was dumped into the middle of the net and ten minutes later the scores were tied at 5-5.

 

The predictable response from Ivanovic after failing so spectacularly on match point would have been a total collapse as Kerber finally burst to life with a slew of her own trademark passing shots. However, in her own words, Ivanovic remained calm and coolly held serve for 6-5. More match points passed by but this time she refused to be affected as she gleefully sank to her knees after eventually closing out a masterclass in playing reactionary tennis and adjusting her gameplan mid-match. Now that – that was a surprise.

Tumaini Carayol is in Suttgart covering the Fed Cup World Group Playoff for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault.

 

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Czech Republic and Russia Advance to Fed Cup Final, Complete Results

The Czech Republic and Russia have advanced to the Fed Cup final after victories over Belgium and Italy respectively. The final will be played in Russia on the weekend of November 5-6.

 

Germany, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine have won their way back into the World Group with play-off ties victories and will join Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, and Russia in the 2012 World Group.

Winners of the World Group II play-offs Belarus, Slovenia and Switzerland will participate in World Group II in 2012 along with the winner of Argentina versus Japan which will be played on 16-17 July. The losing nations from the World Group play-offs, Australia, France, Slovak Republic and USA, will also play in World Group II.

Here are the results from the World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

RUSSIA defeated ITALY 5-0

Venue: Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoors)

 

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 60 62

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 67(4) 61

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 64 62

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 76(5) 76(4)

Ekaterina Makarova / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Alberta Brianti / Maria-Elena Camerin (ITA) 76(3) 61

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated BELGIUM 3-2

Venue: Spiroudome, Charleroi, BEL (hard – indoors)

 

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 76(4)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 64 64

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 57 64 62

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 62 63

Iveta Benesova / Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Kirsten Flipkens / Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 64

 

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY defeated USA 5-0

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

 

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Christina McHale (USA) 63 64

Julia Goerges (GER) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 76(5)

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 64

Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Christina McHale (USA) 63 64

Julia Goerges / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. Liezel Huber / Vania King (USA) 36 63 61

 

SPAIN defeated FRANCE 4-1

Venue: Club de Tenis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoors)

 

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 64

Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 75 67(4) 62

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 61 64

Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 64

Nuria Llagostera Vives / Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Alize Cornet / Virginie Razzano (FRA) 64 61

 

SERBIA defeated SLOVAK REPUBLIC 3-2

Venue: Sibamac Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 46 63 61

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 64

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 64 3-3 ret.

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 36 75

Jelena Jankovic / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Daniela Hantuchova / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 26 75 97

 

UKRAINE defeated AUSTRALIA 3-2

Venue: Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club, Melbourne, AUS (clay – outdoors)

 

Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. Olga Savchuk (UKR) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 61 63

Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 76(3) 76(12)

Lesia Tsurenko / Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Jarmila Groth / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 06 76(3) 63

 

 

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS defeated ESTONIA 5-0

Venue: Palace of Sport, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoors)

 

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 62 60

Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Margit Ruutel (EST) 60 60

Darya Kustova (BLR) d. Maret Ani (EST) 63 61

Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 60 62

Darya Kustova / Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) d. Maret Ani / Anett Kontaveit (EST) 62 63

 

SLOVENIA defeated CANADA 3-2

Venue: Teniski Klub Koper, Koper, SLO (clay – outdoors)

 

Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) 63 75

Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 60 64

Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Rebecca Marino (CAN) 57 62 86

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) 64 61

Polona Hercog / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. Sharon Fichman / Rebecca Marino (CAN) 76(5) 62

 

SWITZERLAND defeated SWEDEN 4-1

Venue: TC Lido Lugano, Lugano, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 76(2) 61

Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 61 60

Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 36 75 62

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 61

Anna Brazhnikova / Sandra Roma (SWE) d. Amra Sadikovic / Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 75 64

The World Group II play-off tie between Japan and Argentina has been postponed until 16-17 July, and will be played at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Kobe, Japan.

 

 

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Fed Cup Day 1 Results for World Group Semifinals and Playoff Ties

Here are the latest results for the 2011 Fed Cup World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April. The World Group II play-off tie between Japan and Argentina has been postponed until 16-17 July, and will be played at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Kobe, Japan.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

RUSSIA leads ITALY 2-0

Venue: Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoors)

 

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 60 62

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 67(4) 61

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Ekaterina Makarova / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Alberta Brianti / Maria-Elena Camerin (ITA)

 

BELGIUM level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1

Venue: Spiroudome, Charleroi, BEL (hard – indoors)

 

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 76(4)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 64 64

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

An-Sophie Mestach / Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Iveta Benesova / Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

 


 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY leads USA 2-0

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

 

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Christina McHale (USA) 63 64

Julia Goerges (GER) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 76(5)

Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Melanie Oudin (USA)

Julia Goerges (GER) v Christina McHale (USA)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld / Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Liezel Huber / Vania King (USA)

 

SPAIN level with FRANCE 1-1

Venue: Club de Tenis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoors)

 

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 64

Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 75 67(4) 62

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) v Aravane Rezai (FRA)

Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Virginie Razzano (FRA)

Lourdes Dominguez-Lino / Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) v Alize Cornet / Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC level with SERBIA 1-1

Venue: Sibamac Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 46 63 61

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 64

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Daniela Hantuchova / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Jelena Jankovic / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

 

AUSTRALIA level with UKRAINE 1-1

Venue: Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club, Melbourne, AUS (clay – outdoors)

 

Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. Olga Savchuk (UKR) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

Jarmila Groth (AUS) v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)

Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v Olga Savchuk (UKR)

Sophie Ferguson / Sally Peers (AUS) v Yuliya Beygelzimer / Viktoria Kutuzova (UKR)

 


 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS leads ESTONIA 2-0

Venue: Palace of Sport, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoors)

 

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 62 60

Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Margit Ruutel (EST) 60 60

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Margit Ruutel (EST)

Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Anett Kontaveit (EST)

Victoria Azarenka / Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Maret Ani / Eva Paalma (EST)

 

SLOVENIA level with CANADA 1-1

Venue: Teniski Klub Koper, Koper, SLO (clay – outdoors)

 

Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) 63 75

Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 60 64

Polona Hercog (SLO) v Rebecca Marino (CAN)

Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Andreja Klepac / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) v Stephanie Dubois / Sharon Fichman (CAN)

 

SWITZERLAND leads SWEDEN 2-0

Venue: TC Lido Lugano, Lugano, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 76(2) 61

Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 61 60

Patty Schnyder (SUI) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Timea Bacsinszky / Patty Schnyder (SUI) v Sofia Arvidsson / Johanna Larsson (SWE)

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USA and Germany Face Off in Fed Cup World Group Playoff

The United States will try to stay in the Fed Cup World Group for 2012 as they compete against face Germany this weekend in the Fed Cup World Group Playoff in Stuttgart.

Order of Play

Saturday, 7:00 a.m. ET

Singles A: Christina McHale (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles B: Melanie Oudin (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

 

Sunday, 5:30 a.m. ET

Singles C: Melanie Oudin (USA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Singles D: Christina McHale (USA) vs. Julia Goerges (GER)

Doubles:  Liezel Huber/Vania King (USA) vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sibine Lisicki (GER)

U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez

On the singles lineup: “It is great that we have a very versatile team. Both Melanie and Christina have been playing on the clay and doing well and everyone was a possibility. So we will start with this lineup but it can always change. But this is the lineup we are going to start with.”
Melanie Oudin

On playing Petkovic: “Whenever you lose to someone, if you play them again a few weeks later, you want to get revenge on them. She is going to bring some good tennis so I have to be ready.”

 

When asked about this weekend’s tie against Germany: “I feel good. I feel like we have been practicing really well and we are ready for tough matches this weekend. Everyone is going to give it their all and hopefully we can come out with the win.”
Christina McHale

When asked about playing first: “I think it will be good to start. There won’t be any results yet so I can just go play and see what happens.”

 

On the team playing on clay: “I think each day all of us are getting more used to the surface and conditions. I think we will just give it our all and see how it goes.”
Vania King

When asked about adjusting since being asked to come back on the U.S. Fed Cup team: “I feel like I have adjusted really well. Wednesday I was really tired but I felt like I had a good practice. Yesterday I felt really good and today I feel great again.”

 

On playing on clay: “I am really having fun on the clay, I feel like I have improved a lot on it. Liezel and I are going to tough it out in doubles no matter what, but our first priority is the team. So I want us to win really fast.”

 

Liezel Huber

On the tie coming down to the deciding doubles match: “If it comes to the deciding doubles match, it means we would have lost two matches by then so I am really not hoping for any losses. It is just something you say you hope it comes down to the doubles but in fact, we hope to finish it before then.”

 

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Fed Cup Draws for World Group Semifinals and Play-off Ties

The ITF has announced the draws for the 2011 Fed Cup World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April. The World Group II play-off tie between Japan and Argentina has been postponed until 16-17 July, and will be played at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Kobe, Japan.

 

Live scoring for all ties will be available on the official Fed Cup website www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es throughout the weekend.

In addition to live scoring, the English and Spanish websites will both feature reports, photographs, blogs and audio interviews from all the ties. There is also the Fed Cup Radio audio service.

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 90 nations entered in 2011. The event was established in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ITF.

 

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

RUSSIA v ITALY

Venue: Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoors)

 

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Ekaterina Makarova / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Alberta Brianti / Maria-Elena Camerin (ITA)

BELGIUM v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Spiroudome, Charleroi, BEL (hard – indoors)

 

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

An-Sophie Mestach / Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Iveta Benesova / Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

 

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY v USA

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

Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Christina McHale (USA)

Julia Goerges (GER) v Melanie Oudin (USA)

Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Melanie Oudin (USA)

Julia Goerges (GER) v Christina McHale (USA)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld / Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Liezel Huber / Vania King (USA)

 

SPAIN v FRANCE

Venue: Club de Tenis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoors)

 

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) v Virginie Razzano (FRA)

Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Aravane Rezai (FRA)

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) v Aravane Rezai (FRA)

Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Virginie Razzano (FRA)

Lourdes Dominguez-Lino / Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) v Alize Cornet / Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC v SERBIA

Venue: Sibamac Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Daniela Hantuchova / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Jelena Jankovic / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

 

AUSTRALIA v UKRAINE

Venue: Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club, Melbourne, AUS (clay – outdoors)

 

Jarmila Groth (AUS) v Olga Savchuk (UKR)

Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)

Jarmila Groth (AUS) v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)

Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v Olga Savchuk (UKR)

Sophie Ferguson / Sally Peers (AUS) v Yuliya Beygelzimer / Viktoria Kutuzova (UKR)

 

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS v ESTONIA

Venue: Palace of Sport, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoors)

 

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Anett Kontaveit (EST)

Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Margit Ruutel (EST)

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v Margit Ruutel (EST)

Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Anett Kontaveit (EST)

Victoria Azarenka / Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Maret Ani / Eva Paalma (EST)

 

SLOVENIA v CANADA

Venue: Teniski Klub Koper, Koper, SLO (clay – outdoors)

 

Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) v Rebecca Marino (CAN)

Polona Hercog (SLO) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Polona Hercog (SLO) v Rebecca Marino (CAN)

Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Andreja Klepac / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) v Stephanie Dubois / Sharon Fichman (CAN)

 

SWITZERLAND v SWEDEN

Venue: TC Lido Lugano, Lugano, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Patty Schnyder (SUI) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Patty Schnyder (SUI) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Timea Bacsinszky / Patty Schnyder (SUI) v Sofia Arvidsson / Johanna Larsson (SWE)

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ITF Announces Fed Cup Team Nominations for World Group Semifinals, and World Group and World Group II

On Wednesday the ITF  announced the team nominations for the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-off ties to be played on 16-17 April. The World Group II play-off tie between Japan and Argentina has been postponed until 16-17 July, and will be played at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Kobe, Japan.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

RUSSIA v ITALY

Venue: Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoors)

 

Russia

Vera Zvonareva

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Ekaterina Makarova

Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

 

Italy

Roberta Vinci

Sara Errani

Alberta Brianti

Maria Elena Camerin

Captain Corrado Barazzutti

BELGIUM v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Spiroudome, Charleroi, BEL (hard – indoors)

 

Belgium

Yanina Wickmayer

Kirsten Flipkens

An-Sophie Mestach

Alison van Uytvanck

Captain: Sabine Appelmans

 

Czech Republic

Petra Kvitova

Lucie Safarova

Iveta Benesova

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

Captain: Petr Pala

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY v USA

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

 

Germany

Andrea Petkovic

Julia Goerges

Sabine Lisicki

Anna-Lena Groenefeld

Captain: Barbara Rittner

 

USA

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Melanie Oudin

Christina McHale

Liezel Huber

Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

 

SPAIN v FRANCE

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

 

Spain

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Lourdes Dominguez-Lino

Anabel Medina Garrigues

Nuria Llagostera Vives

Captain: Miguel Margets

 

France

Aravane Rezai

Alize Cornet

Mathilde Johansson

Virginie Razzano

Captain: Nicolas Escude

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC v SERBIA

Venue: Sibamac Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

 

Slovak Republic

Dominika Cibulkova

Daniela Hantuchova

Magdalena Rybarikova

Jana Cepelova

Captain: Matej Liptak

 

Serbia

Jelena Jankovic

Ana Ivanovic

Bojana Jovanovski

Aleksandra Krunic

Captain: Dejan Vranes

 

AUSTRALIA v UKRAINE

Venue: Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club, Melbourne, AUS (clay – outdoors)

 

Australia

Jarmila Groth

Jelena Dokic

Anastasia Rodionova

Sophie Ferguson

Captain: David Taylor

 

Ukraine

Lesia Tsurenko

Olga Savchuk

Yuliya Beygelzimer

Viktoria Kutuzova

Captain: Volodymyr Bogdanov

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS v ESTONIA

Venue: Palace of Sports, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoors)

 

Belarus

Victoria Azarenka

Olga Govortsova

Darya Kustova

Tatiana Poutchek

Captain: Sergei Teterin

 

Estonia

Kaia Kanepi

Margit Ruutel

Maret Ani

Anett Kontaveit

Captain: Andrei Luzgin

 

SLOVENIA v CANADA

Venue: Teniski Klub Koper, Koper, SLO (clay – outdoors)

 

Slovenia

Polona Hercog

Masa Zec-Piskiric

Andreja Klepac

Katarina Srebotnik

Captain: Iztok Bozic

 

Canada

Rebecca Marino

Stephanie Dubois

Sharon Fichman

Eugenie Bouchard

Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

 

SWITZERLAND v SWEDEN

Venue: TC Lido Lugano, Lugano, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Switzerland

Patty Schnyder

Timea Bacsinszky

Stefanie Voegele

Amra Sadikovic

Captain: Christiane Jolissaint

 

Sweden

Johanna Larsson

Sofia Arvidsson

Anna Brazhnikova

Sandra Roma

Captain: Maria Strandlund Tomsvik

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ITF Increases Online Coverage of Fed Cup

The ITF announced today that it is increasing its live online coverage of ties in the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. The World Group II play-offs have been added to the list of ties that will feature on the official Fed Cup website, FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es, on 16-17 April.

 

A total of nine ties will now be covered live in English and Spanish during the weekend, highlighted by the World Group semifinals between Russia and Italy in Moscow, and Belgium and Czech Republic in Charleroi. There are also four ties in the World Group play-offs, and three ties in the World Group II play-offs, with the remaining World Group II play-off between Japan and Argentina postponed until 16-17 July.

 

Live scoring will be available for all ties, while both websites will also feature reports, blogs, photographs, audio interviews and full results. There is also the Fed Cup Radio audio service. Additional on-line coverage will be available via the Fed Cup twitter and Facebook pages in both English and Spanish.

 

Team nominations for next week’s ties will be announced on Wednesday 6 April, with the draws held on Friday 15 April.

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 90 nations entered in 2011. The event was established in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ITF. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Partner) and BoscoSport (Official Clothing Sponsor) are international sponsors, and Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es.

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Rennae Stubbs Retires from Fed Cup


HOBART, Australia – After 41 Fed Cup ties Rennae Stubbs has retired from the women’s team event.

Having played for the Australian Fed Cup team for16 years, the 39 year old leaves the court as the longest playing Australian woman with a 28-10 doubles record.

Over her Fed Cup career, which started in 1992, Stubbs has been an integral part of the team and instrumental in its return to the World Group this year.

“For me Fed Cup has been one of the great things of my career,” said Stubbs.

“No one thing stands out. The thing that stands out are the memories, the friends and the stories. Fed Cup are always the best two weeks of my year and I will miss these events.”

“It’s a daunting prospect. A new life because you know I have woken up every morning knowing what I was going to do was to go play tennis. So now to think that part of my life is not the norm is a strange prospect,” Stubbs said.

“I will miss the competitive spirit and feel when I am on the court but overall I will miss the people and the memories of my moments.

Italy defeated Australia at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group tie at the Domain Tennis Centre 4-1.

In a replay of the 2010 French Open final,  world No.4 Francesca Schiavone once again triumphed over Australia’s No.1 player Samantha Stosur, 7-6(1) 3-6 7-5 in the first match on court today while Jarmila Groth did not show the same form going down in straight sets to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta (No.16) in the reverse singles, 6-3 6-2.

In the final match of the day Anastasia Rodionova (No.64) and Stubbs (No.11 in doubles) were defeated by  Roberta Vinci (No.38) and Sara Errani (No.44), 2-6 7-6(1) 6-4.

This is the sixth time the two countries have played in a Fed Cup tie. Italy has been Fed Cup champions in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Australia and Italy are two of just four nations to have competed in every Fed Cup.

This is the Australian Fed Cup team’s first World Group tie since 2004. They will now play in the World Group Play-off in April to remain in the elite eight.

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Fed Cup:U.S. vs. Belgium – Notes and Quotes and Day 1 Preview

Kim Clijsters and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (Getty Images)

United States vs. Belgium

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2011 World Group Quarterfinal

Sportpaleis * Antwerp, Belgium * February 5-6

The United States’ quest to reach the Fed Cup final for the third straight year begins at the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal at Belgium. Play begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET) on an indoor hard court at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium. This is the seventh meeting between these two nations in Fed Cup, with the U.S. owning a 5-1 advantage. Belgium’s only victory came at the 2006 World Group Semifinal in Ostend, Belgium, which is also the only meeting between these two nations contested in Belgium.

The U.S. has won the Fed Cup a record 17 times and is seeking its first title since 2000. Belgium’s sole Fed Cup title came in 2001. The U.S. reached its second consecutive final last year, where they lost to Italy in San Diego and also faced Italy in the 2009 final in Italy. The U.S. has only lost a first round tie twice (1997 in the Netherlands and 2002 in Raleigh, N.C. versus Austria) and both occurrences came in the team’s first match after winning the title (the U.S. did not compete in the 2001 semifinals after winning the title in 2000), meaning the U.S. Fed Cup has never lost two consecutive ties in the history of the competition.

This is Belgium’ s first appearance in World Group I since a 5-0 loss to the U.S. in the 2007 first round in Delray Beach, Fla. The hosts have won 10 of its last 12 home ties. The U.S. is a modest 7-8 in away matches since Fed Cup adopted the home-away format in 1995, but has only lost once on the road in the first round in five matches.

ORDER OF PLAY

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

DAY/LOCAL TIME MATCH PAIRING

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Singles A: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)

Singles B: Melanie Oudin (USA) vs. Kim Clijsters (BEL)

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Singles C: Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Clijsters (BEL)

Singles D: Oudin (USA) vs. Wickmayer (BEL)

Doubles: Liezel Huber/Vania King (USA) vs. Kirsten Flipkens/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL)

Captains: Mary Joe Fernandez (USA), Sabine Appleman (BEL)

QUOTES FROM FRIDAY’S PRESS CONFERNECE

U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez

On the outcome of today’s draw ceremony: “It really doesn’t matter who plays first. Both Melanie and Bethanie have had that opportunity of leading the team with the first match. It’s a matter of playing your best whenever you play and approaching it the right way.”

On the anticipated daily crowds of 10,000+: “This will be the biggest crowd we have played against the last couple of years. Loudest was for sure was the Czech Republic (2009 semifinals in Brno). This (anticipated 10,000+ daily) is about double the size of what we have had. We expected a battle. It is great for Fed Cup. It is great for both teams. We are gonna pretend they are rooting for us the whole time.”

On doubles: “We have always been real fortunate with our doubles. Liezel (Huber) has been a great supporter (of Fed Cup) and been there every time and has played some critical matches for us. I have always said I want it to come down to the doubles. That’s always my goal. If we win before that it is a bonus, but we like our chances if we get down to the doubles.”

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

On the transition from Australia to Belgium for her and Kim Clijsters: “I was there pretty much there til the end, playing in the mixed doubles in Australia (she reached the semis), so I was home (in Arizona) for literally 30 hours and I had to fly here. It’s a lot of traveling, but I have had a couple of days to get adjusted. She (Kim) has probably taken some time off as well. I think on the tour you are used to playing week to week. I think we’re both in shape, so we’ll be good.”

Melanie Oudin

On playing Kim Clijsters in the second match on Saturday:“ I am really excited that I get to play her. It should be a really good match. I’m gonna give it everything I have. I am a little bit happy that Bethanie is going first. It gives me more time to prepare tomorrow. It should be a really good match and I’m looking forward to it.”

On being the underdog: “Our team has come through before when we’ve been the underdog. Hopefully we can do it again. Belgium is a really tough team.”

From  United States Tennis Association Public Relations

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