2014/08/01

Hantuchova Among Winners of Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Awards

The ITF has announced the first four winners of the 2012 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award. Slovak Republic’s Daniela Hantuchova has been recognised in the World Group and World Group II first round category, while the Zone Group I winners are Colombia’s Catalina Castano, China’s Li Na and Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson. The ties took place in February.

 

The four Heart Award recipients were decided by a public vote on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es that saw over 10,000 fans make their selection. Ten players were initially shortlisted by a judging panel consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a group of former Fed Cup players and members of the international media. All the winners receive a silver Baccarat bracelet and a check to be donated to a chosen charity.

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “There were some outstanding performances during the Fed Cup ties in February so I’d like to congratulate Daniela, Sofia, Catalina and Li Na for coming out on top of the public vote. The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award continues to reward players for the commitment they make to their team and the competition as a whole. I’m sure the four winners will now take great pride in making their donations to charity.”

 

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between the ITF and BNP Paribas. 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 five players will be recognised in 2012.

 

Daniela Hantuchova has been a Fed Cup stalwart for Slovak Republic for over 10 years and showed she still has the desire to succeed as she extended her overall record in the competition to 31-15 with two singles wins during her team’s 3-2 victory over France in the World Group II first round in Bratislava.

 

In a marathon match lasting over three hours on the opening day against Pauline Parmentier, the 28-year-old fought back from a set down to grind out a 57 61 97 win. With the Slovaks 2-1 ahead, she then came from a break down against Alize Cornet to close out the tie 63 64.

 

Catalina Castano has represented Colombia for over 15 years and has now played in 44 ties. Competing in eight rubbers throughout the week-long Americas event in Brazil, the 32-year-old veteran notched six victories as Colombia narrowly missed out on promotion.

 

Castano’s most impressive wins were decisive doubles victories with different partners against Paraguay and Brazil to help the team reach the promotion play-off, which they lost to Argentina.

 

Li Na made an immediate impact on her return to Fed Cup by winning all three of her matches as China came through the Asia/Oceania event on home soil. Kei-Chen Chang and Nigina Abduraimova offered little resistance to the 2011 Roland Garros champion in the round-robin stages as China bulldozed their way to the promotion play-off against Kazakhstan.

 

Galina Voskoboeva, who was nominated for a Heart Award alongside Li, proved a tougher nut to crack but the 30-year-old rose to the challenge in a 61 36 61 triumph, sealing the tie and with it a spot in the World Group II play-offs.

 

Sofia Arvidsson had one of the best weeks of her career at the Europe/Africa event in Israel as she remained undefeated in both singles and doubles to steer Sweden into the World Group II play-offs. The 28-year-old did not drop a set in singles, but it was in doubles where she showed real character.

 

In the team’s final round-robin tie against Hungary, Arvidsson partnered Johanna Larsson to a 76(9) 26 64 win in the deciding doubles. This victory stood them in good stead in the promotion play-off against Poland, where they once again won a deciding doubles against the highly ranked Radwanska sisters, Agnieszka and Urszula, 64 63.

 

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Vote Opens for Fed Cup Heart Award

The International Tennis Federation announced that Vera Zvonareva (RUS), Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS), Petra Kvitova (CZE) and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) have been shortlisted for the last Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award of 2011. All four players competed in the World Group semifinals in April and helped their nation reach the Final, which will see Russia and Czech Republic battle for the trophy at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow on 5-6 November.

 

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 7-28 October, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the winner, who will receive a cheque for $10,000 to be donated to her chosen charity. The winner will be announced in Moscow during the lead-up to the Final.

 

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between BNP Paribas and the ITF. It aims to recognize players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. A total of six Heart Awards are being presented in 2011. Earlier in the year, Andrea Petkovic (GER), Bojana Jovanovski (SRB), Bianca Botto (PER), Ayumi Morita (JPN) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR) were recognized.

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “All four players have played a key role in getting Russia and Czech Republic through to the Final, which is shaping up to be one of the closest for years. Their passion and commitment embodies the spirit of the competition, and I would like to congratulate all of them for being nominated for this Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award.”

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Vote Opens for Fed Cup Heart Award

Andrea Petkovic (GER), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP), Olga Savchuk (UKR) and Polona Hercog (SLO) have been shortlisted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the latest Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award. All four players competed for their nation in either the World Group play-offs or World Group II play-offs in April.

 

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 3-24 May, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the winner, who will receive a check for $3,000 to be donated to her chosen charity.

 

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between BNP Paribas and the ITF. 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 Heart Awards are being presented in 2011. Earlier in the year, Bojana Jovanovski (SRB), Bianca Botto (PER), Ayumi Morita (JPN) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR) were recognised, and a player will also be honoured at the Final in November.

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The level of passion and excitement for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas has grown considerably during the last year, helped significantly by the outstanding commitment shown by the players. I would like to congratulate Andrea, Maria Jose, Olga and Polona for being shortlisted for a Heart Award. I would also like to encourage all fans to go online and vote, as it provides a fantastic opportunity to reward the skill, effort and character of the players.”

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Jovanovski, Azarenka, Botto and Morita Win Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Awards

The ITF has announced the first four winners of the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award. Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia has been recognised in the World Group and World Group II first round category, while the Zone Group I winners are Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka, Peru’s Bianca Botto and Japan’s Ayumi Morita. The ties took place in February.


Jovanovski played a key role in Serbia’s narrow 3-2 victory over Canada in the World Group II first round in Novi Sad. In the absence of Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, she stepped up to be the team’s No. 1 player and completed a dream weekend by winning all three of her rubbers without losing a set.

 

The teenager, competing in just her second Fed Cup tie, defeated former world No. 21 Aleksandra Wozniak and current Canadian No. 1 Rebecca Marino. She then partnered Aleksandra Krunic to win the deciding doubles against Sharon Fichman and Marie-Eve Pelletier.

 

Azarenka did not drop a set during the week-long Europe/Africa event. She cruised through the round-robin stage, with Belarus finishing first in Pool C, and went on to record an impressive triumph against fellow Top 10 player Agnieszka Radwanska. The result sealed a 2-0 victory for Belarus over Poland and a place in the World Group II play-offs.

 

Botto showed exceptional fight and spirit to help Peru finish second in Pool A at the Americas event. She won three out of four singles rubbers, with her only loss coming against the experienced Gisela Dulko, who went on to lead Argentina to victory in the play-off for promotion.

 

Morita remained unbeaten throughout the Asia/Oceania event as Japan topped Pool B and then beat Uzbekistan 3-0 to seal a World Group II play-offs spot. She did not drop a set in singles or doubles and captured the decisive point against Uzbekistan.

 

The four Heart Award recipients were decided by a public vote on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es after ten players were shortlisted by a judging panel consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, former players Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Mercedes Paz, and four members of the international media. All the winners receive a Baccarat bracelet and a cheque to be donated to a chosen charity.

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “There were some very strong candidates from the ties in February so I’d like to congratulate Bojana, Victoria, Bianca and Ayumi for coming out on top after the public vote. The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award continues to provide recognition for the outstanding contributions made by players towards their team and the competition as a whole. I’m sure the four winners will now take great pride in making donations to the charity of their choice.”

 

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint initiative between the ITF and BNP Paribas. 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 2011.

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