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Internazionali BNL d’Italia Rome Results and Schedule

 

Roma

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 11-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Monday, May 12, 2014
WTA Singles – First Round
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (WC) Karin Knapp (ITA) 61 61
(12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 62 63
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 63
(16) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 36 63 63
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (17) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 64 62
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 63 62
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 63 60
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 75 60
Venus Williams (USA) d. Annika Beck (GER) 63 61
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 62 63
Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Lauren Davis (USA) 64 60
Madison Keys (USA) d. Alison Riske (USA) 62 62
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 61 60
(Q) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 46 61 64
(Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 16 61 64
(LL) Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 64 63

WTA Doubles – First Round
Erakovic/Parra Santonja (NZL/ESP) d. (6) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 64 64
Niculescu/Zhang (ROU/CHN) d. (7) Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 64 46 108 (Match TB)
(8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. (WC) Barbieri/Burnett (ITA/ITA) 64 64
Hantuchova/Lucic-Baroni (SVK/CRO) d. King/Zheng (USA/CHN) 76(1) 61

ATP Singles – First Round
[11] J Tsonga (FRA) d A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 76(5)
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 46 63 64
L Rosol (CZE) d [13] F Fognini (ITA) 63 62
[14] M Youzhny (RUS) d N Mahut (FRA) 64 64
G Simon (FRA) d [WC] F Volandri (ITA) 62 63
M Granollers (ESP) d F Lopez (ESP) 75 61
[Q] P Riba (ESP) d [WC] P Lorenzi (ITA) 76(3) 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] P Carreno Busta (ESP) 36 63 76(4)
[WC] S Bolelli (ITA) d [Q] S Travaglia (ITA) 36 75 76(5)
I Dodig (CRO) d F Delbonis (ARG) 63 64
[Q] S Robert (FRA) d [Q] A Gonzalez (COL) 16 64 61

ATP Doubles – First Round

T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d J Isner (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) 36 62 10-5
[PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] M Cecchinato (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 76(6) 62
M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX) d V Pospisil (CAN) / D Tursunov (RUS) 64 67(3) 10-5
CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
WTA – [Q] C Scheepers (RSA) vs [10] S Errani (ITA)
ATP – R Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] P Riba (ESP)
Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [8] M Raonic (CAN) vs [WC] S Bolelli (ITA)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [Q] C Dellacqua (AUS) vs [2] N Li (CHN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] S Giraldo (COL) vs M Cilic (CRO)
ATP – A Seppi (ITA) vs [15] T Haas (GER)
WTA – E Makarova (RUS) vs R Vinci (ITA)
WTA – S Zhang (CHN) vs [5] P Kvitova (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am

WTA – [9] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [WC] C Giorgi (ITA)
WTA – [7] A Kerber (GER) vs [Q] P Cetkovska (CZE)
ATP – [WC] M Cecchinato (ITA) vs I Sijsling (NED)
ATP – [16] T Robredo (ESP) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

WTA – G Muguruza (ESP) vs [WC] N Burnett (ITA)
WTA – [Q] M Puig (PUR) vs D Hantuchova (SVK)
WTA – G Dabrowski (CAN) / A Rosolska (POL) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / F Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

ATP – [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
ATP – E Gulbis (LAT) vs [LL] A Falla (COL)
WTA – [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Kleybanova (RUS) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS)
ATP – M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

ATP – K Anderson (RSA) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
WTA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [PR] V Diatchenko (RUS) / O Kalashnikova (GEO)
WTA – V Dushevina (RUS) / S Zheng (CHN) vs [PR] A Klepac (SLO) / V Uhlirova (CZE)
WTA – L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) vs H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

WTA – [Q] B Bencic (SUI) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – D Tursunov (RUS) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs P Andujar (ESP) / M Granollers (ESP)
ATP – J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am

WTA – [Q] C Mchale (USA) vs S Cirstea (ROU)
WTA – [Q] M Barthel (GER) vs [13] C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE) vs J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
After Suitable rest – D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) vs [WC] C Giorgi (ITA) / K Knapp (ITA)

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Internazionali BNL d’Italia Rome Results and Schedule

Roma

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 11-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

 

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 11 MAY 2014

ATP Singles – First Round
[PR] J Melzer (AUT) d [9] J Isner (USA) 76(7) 63
[16] T Robredo (ESP) d J Monaco (ARG) 76(3) 64
J Chardy (FRA) d R Haase (NED) 64 64
M Kukushkin (KAZ) d J Sousa (POR) 63 67(1) 63
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d J Janowicz (POL) 46 76(6) 62
R Stepanek (CZE) d P Andujar (ESP) 57 63 64

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 12 MAY 2014

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
ATP – [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
WTA – [17] E Bouchard (CAN) vs F Schiavone (ITA)
ATP – [13] F Fognini (ITA) vs L Rosol (CZE)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – Y Meusburger (AUT) vs [12] F Pennetta (ITA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [11] J Tsonga (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – M Granollers (ESP) vs F Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [WC] S Bolelli (ITA) vs [Q] S Travaglia (ITA)
WTA – A Beck (GER) vs V Williams (USA)
WTA – [15] S Lisicki (GER) vs S Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – N Mahut (FRA) vs [14] M Youzhny (RUS)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – A Cornet (FRA) vs K Flipkens (BEL)
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [WC] K Knapp (ITA)
ATP – [WC] P Lorenzi (ITA) vs [Q] P Riba (ESP)
ATP – G Simon (FRA) vs [WC] F Volandri (ITA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M Keys (USA) vs A Riske (USA)
WTA – S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs M Kirilenko (RUS)
ATP – [WC] M Cecchinato (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT)
ATP – [Q] A Gonzalez (COL) vs [Q] S Robert (FRA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – F Delbonis (ARG) vs I Dodig (CRO)
ATP – [Q] P Carreno Busta (ESP) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
WTA – B Jovanovski (SRB) vs [16] S Stephens (USA)
WTA – R Oprandi (SUI) vs A Petkovic (GER)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – D Hantuchova (SVK) / M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs V King (USA) / J Zheng (CHN)
WTA – [LL] P Ormaechea (ARG) vs K Nara (JPN)
WTA – M Rybarikova (SVK) vs [Q] C Dellacqua (AUS)
WTA – M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [6] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – E Svitolina (UKR) vs E Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – S Peng (CHN) vs V Lepchenko (USA)
WTA – T Pironkova (BUL) vs [Q] P Cetkovska (CZE)
WTA – [8] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [WC] G Barbieri (ITA) / N Burnett (ITA)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
ATP – V Pospisil (CAN) / D Tursunov (RUS) vs M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX)
WTA – [Q] L Davis (USA) vs S Zhang (CHN)
ATP – T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs J Isner (USA) / S Lipsky (USA)
After Suitable Rest – M Niculescu (ROU) / S Zhang (CHN) vs [7] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

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Switzerland, France and Italy Stage Comebacks to Clinch Berths in Davis Cup Semis

(April 6, 2014) France, Italy and the Czech Republic each had to rally from 1-2 down going into Sunday’s play in Davis Cup and each team won their final two rubbers to join the Czech Republic in the semifinals which will take place September 12-14.

France came back from a 0-2 deficit on Friday to beat Germany, closing out the tie on Sunday with wins from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils. It’s only the eighth time in Davis Cup history that a team has come back from being down two matches to none. They will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals who beat Japan 5-0.

Tsonga dominated Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Tsonga hit 45 winners in the match.

Gael Monfils sealed the win for France, beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-2. Monfils won the first five games of the match and shut out his opponent in the second set tiebreak.

Team Italy came into Sunday’s play down 1-2. An inspired Fabio Fognini beat Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2. Andreas Seppi completed the comeback by topping James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

It will be the first time in 16 years that Italy has reached the semifinals of Davis Cup. Italy has won the Davis Cup only once, back in 1976.

Italy will face Switzerland next.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer won their matches on Sunday to seal Switzerland’s win over a game Kazakhstan team 3-2.

Wawrinka leveled the tie at 2-2 with Kazakhstan rallying to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first point of the weekend. The Australian Open champion lost his opening singles match to Golubev and the doubles where he teamed up with Federer. The Swiss did not allow any break points during the match.

For the first time in his career, Roger Federer played a live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup tie. No. 4 Federer held back No.  64 Andrey Golubev 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-

For Switzerland, they have sealed a berth in their first Davis Cup semifinal in 11 years. They’ll play Italy at home for a chance to reach the final.

 

The nations competing in the World Group play-offs which take place the same weekend as the semifinals are:

World Group first round losing nations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and USA.

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Brazil, Croatia, Colombia, India, Israel, Slovak Republic, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on Tuesday.

Davis Cup Results:

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated JAPAN 5-0

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

 

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 67(5) 76(5) 61 75

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64 36 46 62

Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 64 64 64

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 63 36 64

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, FRA (hard – indoor)

 

Tobias Kamke (GER) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 76(8) 63 62

Peter Gojowczyk (GER) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 57 76(3) 36 76(8) 86

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke (GER) 61 76(5) 46 75

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 63 62 64

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 61 76(0) 62

 

ITALY defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-2

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

 

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 26 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 64 75 63

Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 62 36 75

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andy Murray (GBR) 63 63 64

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 63 64

 

SWITZERLAND defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

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

 

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 62 36 76(5)

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64 62

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 76(5) 46 76(6)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 67(4) 64 64 64

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 76(0) 62 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-1

Venue: Francisco Segura Cano, Guayaquil, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) 64 26 64 64

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 67(3) 64 1-1 ret.

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Gonzalo Escobar/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 62 60 63

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 64 67(10) 61 61

Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) v Guilherme Clezar (BRA) – not played

 

COLOMBIA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 4-1

Venue: Estadio de Tenis “Alvaro Carlos Jordan”, Cali, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 46 64 67(3) 62

Alejandro Falla (COL) d. Victor Estrella (DOM) 46 62 57 62 62

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Victor Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 62 64

Peter Bertran (DOM) d. Robert Farah (COL) 26 61 64

Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) d. Jose Olivares (DOM) 60 61
ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-2

Venue: Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin, CHN (hard – outdoor)

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 64 46 36 63 64

Wu Di (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 76(4) 76(4) 36 97

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 64 62 62

Wu Di (CHN) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 16 75 63 75

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 62 16 63 67(4) 63

 

INDIA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Spo1 Tennis Courts, Busan, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 76(4) 76(3) 64

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Sanam Singh (IND) 76(5) 64 64

Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lee Hyung-Taik/Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(4) 57 76(2) 63

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 64 57 63 61

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Sanam Singh (IND) – not played

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

CROATIA defeated POLAND 3-1

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 61 64 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 26 62 75 57 64

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(1) 76(4) 46 76(2) 64

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 36 67(5) 64 61 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Borna Coric (CRO) – not played

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-1

Venue: SRC Marina Portoroz, SLO (clay – outdoor)

 

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 46 75 63 36 64

Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 64 64

Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 76(7) 46 76(5) 63

Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 62 67(5) 60 62

Blaz Rola (SLO) v Amir Weintraub (ISR) – not played

 

UKRAINE defeated SWEDEN 4-1

Venue: Baltiska Hallen, Malmo, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Johan Brunstrom (SWE) 64 64 57 36 1311

Artem Smirnov (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 64 61 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) d. Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 76(4) 67(6) 36 64 108

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 76(5) 76(4) 64

Sergei Bubka (UKR) d. Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 57 76(3) ret.

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRIA 4-1

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

 

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 36 63 64

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(3) 46 46 62 63

Martin Klizan/Michal Mertinak (SVK) d. Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem (AUT) 67(4) 36 76(5) 64 64

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 75

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 46 63 62

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

BARBADOS defeated EL SALVADOR 4-1

Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Darian King (BAR) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 61 63 63

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 76 (5) 57 64 76(1)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 26 64 76(9) ret.

Darian King (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) 60 1-0 ret.

Seanon Williams (BAR) d. Salvador Andres Bolanos (ESA) 62 67(5) 76(8)

 

MEXICO defeated PERU 3-1

Venue: Club Britania Zavaleta, Puebla, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 63 46 76(2) 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 26 64 26 61 62

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Sergio Galdos/Rodrigo Sanchez (PER) 62 61 61

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 63 76(2) 46 63

Cesar Ramirez (MEX) v Mauricio Echazu (PER) – not played

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE defeated PARAGUAY 5-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 63 60 61

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 46 63 60 63

Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Ramon Delgado/Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 62 64 64

Jorge Aguilar (CHI) d. Juan-Carlos Ramirez (PAR) 64 62

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 62 61

 

BOLIVIA defeated GUATEMALA 3-1

Venue: Country Club Cochabamba, Cochabamba, BOL (clay – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(8) 76(4) 76(4)

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro (GUA) 62 63 75

Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro/Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 76(3) 75 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 63 36 62 46 62

Federico Zeballos (BOL) v Andres Bucaro (GUA) – not played

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PAKISTAN defeated PHILIPPINES 3-2

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 75 64 64

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Samir Iftihkar (PAK) 64 63 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 75 63 62

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Johnny Arcilla (PHI) 46 61 26 63 5-1 ret.

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) 62 63 36 64

 

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1

Venue: The National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

 

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Abdulhameed Alshatti (KUW) 60 60 60

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) 36 76(8) 76(4) 36 75

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Hasan Al Mousa/Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 76(2) 75 63

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 62 76(12) 16 61

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) d. Ali Ghareeb (KUW) 63 64

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

SRI LANKA defeated VIETNAM 3-2

Venue: The 198 Tennis Club, Da Lat City, VIE (hard – outdoor)

 

Minh-Quan Do (VIE) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajan (SRI) 63 64 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 62 63 62

Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do/Quoc-Khanh Le (VIE) 64 75 63

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 62 63 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do (VIE) 63 75 60

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Jean Andersen (RSA) 63 76(2) 63

Rik de Voest (RSA) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(5) 76(3) 26 76(4)

Jean Andersen/Raven Klaasen (RSA) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 36 63 63 76(5)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Rik de Voest (RSA) 62 64 57 75

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Ruan Roelofse 76(5) 36 76(3) 64

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated FINLAND 3-2

Venue: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 63 76(4) 64

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(3) 36 63 86

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 63 76(4) 62

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 75 76(1) 61

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 36 46 63 75 64

 

MOLDOVA defeated BELARUS 4-1

Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau, MDA (clay – indoor)

 

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 62 62 36 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 75 76(5) 63

Egor Gerasimov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Andrei Ciumac/Andrei Gorban (MDA) 63 62 60

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 36 16 63 61 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 76(3) 76(2)

 

DENMARK defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Hillerod Tennis Klub, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Pedersen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 64 61

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 57 67(5) 61

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 46 64 57 64 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 36 62

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) d. Christophe Tholl (LUX) 62 63

 

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MONACO defeated NORWAY 5-0

Venue: Oslo Tennis Arena, Oslo, NOR (hard – indoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(7) 63 63

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) d. Stian Boretti/Erling Tveit (NOR) 62 64 63

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(5) 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62

 

BULGARIA defeated GREECE 4-1

Venue: Ilioupoli Tennis Club, Athens, GRE (clay – outdoor)

 

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 63 63 60

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) 64 63 16 63

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Alexandros Jakupovic/Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 76(4) 62 64

Alexandros Jakupovic (GRE) d. Dinko Halachev (BUL) 76(2) 61

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Charalampos Kapogiannis (GRE) 57 60 61

 

IRELAND defeated EGYPT 3-2

Venue: Castleknock Tennis Club, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

 

James McGee (IRL) d. Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) 60 63 62

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 75 75 76(5)

Sam Barry/James Cluskey (IRL) d. Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 62 76(6) 62

James McGee (IRL) d. Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 75 64 63

Mazen Osama (EGY) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 76(4) 76(5)

 

MOROCCO defeated CYPRUS 4-1

Venue: Complexe Sportif Al Amal, Casablanca, MAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) d. Hicham Khaddari (MAR) 26 62 61 75

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 63 64 64

Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 76(6) 61 36 46 64

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) 60 60 60

Ayoub Chakrouni (MAR) d. Constantinos Ioannides (CYP) 63 62

 

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Tennis Channel To Cover 2014 Davis Cup Quarterfinals This Weekend

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April 3, 2014 -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live world-whiparound coverage during this weekend’s quarterfinal competitions in Italy, France and Switzerland, with daylong blocks of comprehensive telecasts Friday-Sunday on Center Court. Similar to the setup used at major events like the US Open, French Open and Wimbledon, Center Court utilizes a central-desk format and seamless coverage of matches playing simultaneously on multiple courts. Coverage will get underway on Friday, April 4, with the Italy-Britain match in Naples, Italy, at 5:30 a.m. ET and alternate between live Davis Cup matches throughout the weekend, including France-Germany competition in Nancy, France, and Switzerland-Kazakhstan play in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Stars set to play in this weekend’s events telecast on Tennis Channel’s Center Court w coverage include France’s Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils; Switzerland’s reigning Australian Open champion and World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and former World No. 1 Roger Federer; and Britain’s reigning Wimbledon champion and World No. 6 Andy Murray.

Tennis Channel will also feature the women’s Monterrey tournament this weekend.

Coverage on Center Court is as follows (all time ET):

Friday, April 4:

5:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Britain

7:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 Italy v. Britain

10:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

5 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Saturday, April 5:

7:30 a.m. – Live Doubles Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8 a.m. – Live Doubles Italy v. Britain / France v. Germany

6 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Sunday, April 6:

5:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 Italy v. Britain

7:30 a.m. – Live Singles #1 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

8:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 Italy v. Britain

10:30 a.m. – Live Singles #2 France v. Germany / Switzerland v. Kazakhstan

7 p.m. – WTA Monterrey

Center Court will air live from the recently unveiled set of Tennis Channel’s Los Angeles-based studio, with hosts Leif Shiras (@LShirock), Brett Haber (@BrettHaber), Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and former coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone). Live telecasts will include analysis and conversation from the hosts while fans are transported to the best matches at these three quarterfinals, whenever and wherever they occur.

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Knapp Sacks Riske: Italy Advances in Fed Cup Over USA

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By Steve Fogleman

(February 9, 2014) Karin Knapp followed up on her win over Christina McHale yesterday with a clinching 6-3, 7-5 victory today over Alison Riske in the first round of the 2014 Fed Cup season in Cleveland, Ohio. The Italians defeated the American team in all three live rubbers.

Knapp did had some trouble closing it out over Riske, who was a last-minute replacement for Madison Keys in an effort by Captain Mary Joe Fernandez to get some momentum for the US. Riske acquitted herself well. She elevated her game in the second set, and after drawing even with the Italian, she was broken at 5-5 in the next game. Knapp served it out from here.

Overall, the match was more competitive than it might appear.

“It’s not easy because she came back. I got a little bit nervous. I got a little bit of emotion.”

Knapp told the press that the team made a pact to jump in the Cleveland snow if they won the tie.

“After this, we will all put the jacket on, the scarf on and we will jump in the snow!”, she said.

No word on when and where that photo opportunity will occur, but the snowy tundra of Cleveland Public Square is conveniently located between the venue and the Fed Cup hotel.

The snow didn’t stop the crowd from arriving to cheer on the US team, but it did slow them down. There were many empty seats at the start of the tie, but the fans filled in to create a boisterous cheering section by the beginning of the second set. The Public Auditorium was noticeably louder than yesterday.

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Riske had a “big group of people from Pittsburgh” to join her for the event. She called the tie “an unbelievable experience” and noted the “awesome” support from the fans.

She’ll be in training in the two weeks leading up to Indian Wells.

Madison Keys and Lauren Davis won the inconsequential doubles rubber 6-2, 6-3 over Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci.

Italy will advance to the quarterfinals, while the US will be attempting to simply avoid relegation from the World Group in their next outing.

Steve Fogleman is Editor of TennisEastCoast.com, a Mid-Atlantic based tennis website. He is in Cleveland, Ohio covering the Fed Cup tie between USA and Italy for Tennis Panorama News.

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Italy Sweeps USA on Day 1 of Fed Cup to Take 2-0 Lead

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By Steve Fogleman

(February 8, 2014) CLEVELAND – Team Italy blanked the USA on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, to take a 2-0 lead in Fed Cup first round action.

Christina McHale played a horrendous first set, ceding second serves to Karin Knapp. Knapp’s powerful backhand threatened to make the match a runaway for the Italian. McHale settled down in the second and broke twice to level the score at 6-4.

The ultimate result was a big bang for Italy with a victory by Karin Knapp in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. McHale ran her Fed Cup career record to 5-3 with the loss.

After the match, McHale admitted that “by giving her that lead she really relaxed and started playing much better.”

The Italian team was especially loud and supportive. Karin Knapp acknowledged that she feeds off of them and predicted that they would feed off of her win.

“We are not a lot, but we are loud. They helped me”, she said.  “They gave me confidence”.

“If I get the point, maybe Camila goes on the court a little relaxed.”

Maybe you’re right, Karin Knapp.

As predicted by Knapp, Camila Giorgi did come out relaxed…and focused.

Giorgi thrashed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1, notching a victory for the Italian in her first Fed Cup rubber. Keys seemed to be confused and having one of those days, and she was unable to hold serve on a regular basis.

Giorgi said it did help her composure knowing that her nation was already on the board before she hit her first ball in a Fed Cup.

Keys summed it up best. “She was playing amazingly. I can only control so many things. Great job to her today”, she said.

The Americans are now in danger of losing a fourth straight tie to the Italian team dating back ten years. They’re 0-10 in ties where they’ve started with a pair of singles losses.

But US Captain Mary Joe Fernandez has every reason to believe that this team, at least on paper, should have a realistic shot at pulling a sweep of their own tomorrow. I agree.

Steve Fogleman is Editor of TennisEastCoast.com, a Mid-Atlantic based tennis website. He is in Cleveland, Ohio covering the Fed Cup tie between USA and Italy for Tennis Panorama News.

 

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Catching Up with Alison Riske at Fed Cup in Cleveland

.@RISKE4REWARDS: Close to Home, But Still Not Messin’ Around With Those Cleveland Browns
By Steve Fogleman

(February 7, 2014) CLEVELAND – Alison Riske grew up in Pittsburgh, a mere two hours from Cleveland, but this week marks the first time the 23-year-old has ever been to this nearly-neighboring fair city.

As a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Riske is jovial and simultaneously serious about her love of the Steelers spoiling her desire to camp out in Cleveland.

“Never came. It is Browns territory, so I’m like ‘I’m not setting foot over there’.

I wouldn’t want to come to Cleveland for any other occasion than Fed Cup.”

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The World No. 46 admitted this without hesitation when I caught up with her outside of the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center on the eve of her maiden Fed Cup voyage as a player.

Riske was a designated hitting partner six years ago as a 17-year-old at the US Fed Cup tie in Moscow and appreciated the experience.

“I got my feet wet. I think that was the whole point of being a ‘Future Fed Cupper’.

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Riske joins Cleveland native Lauren Davis in the fifth and final rubber on Sunday in doubles against Alice Matteucci and Nastassja Burnett. It could be crucial.

Fed Cup Doubles: Alison Riske, Lauren Davis, Nastassja Burnett, Alice Matteucci

Though she can cross ‘Fed Cup’ off of the old Bucket List for now, she says she’ll gladly come back and play singles anytime.

FUN FACT: Riske is the only regarded WTA player who lists Washington, DC as her address. But she’ll be filling out a change of address form sometime soon.

She’ll head to Toronto to rejoin her coach, Yves Boulais, who she followed to the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland a year ago. She will train full-time in Canada. Boulais left Maryland and returned to College Park late last year. She credits him for much of her success.

“I feel like my game has transformed into something I can build on. It’s really exciting and I think the best is yet to come.”

Steve Fogleman is Editor of TennisEastCoast.com, a Mid-Atlantic based tennis website. He is in Cleveland, Ohio covering the Fed Cup tie between USA and Italy for Tennis Panorama News.

Alison Riske photo by Steve Fogleman

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Draw Set for US-Italy Fed Cup in Cleveland

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By Steve Fogleman

(February 7, 2014) CLEVELAND – The US and Italian Fed Cup Team match ups are all set in Cleveland, having been determined during an afternoon draw ceremony on Friday at a downtown hotel two blocks from the site of the tie the Public Auditorium.

The second-highest ranked American on the team, Christina McHale, will open against top Italian Team player Karin Knapp at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, followed by Madison Keys and Camila Giorgi.

On Sunday, Keys and Knapp will meet at 12:00 p.m., followed by McHale and Giorgi.

Alison Riske and Lauren Davis were enlisted for doubles, and they will square off on Sunday against Nastassja Burnett and Alice Mateucci in the fifth rubber.

At the post-draw press conference, the members of the American team expressed elation at having been chosen to participate on behalf of the US. Only one of the players—McHale—has previously represented her country in Fed Cup play and she was designated a captain for her experience.

“Whether I play or not, it’s great to be here”, said Alison Riske.

Mary Jo Fernandez spoke out in support of her designation of McHale as the leader of the team.

“It’s a different experience playing for your country. Christina has been there before. She knows what’s coming her way.”

McHale’s past participation aside, this group is Generation Next. The Americans hope to end an 0-3 slump to the Italians, after beating the Azzuri nine times in a row between 1963-2003.

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME      MATCH             PAIRING

Saturday, 1:00 p.m.          Singles A:         Christina McHale (USA) vs. Karin Knapp (ITA)

Singles B:         Madison Keys (USA)  vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Sunday, 12:00 p.m.           Singles C:         Madison Keys (USA) vs. Karin Knapp (ITA)

Singles D:        Christina McHale (USA) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Doubles: Lauren Davis/Alison Riske (USA) vs. Nastassja Burnett/Alice Matteucci(ITA)

 

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Tennis Channel to Broadcast USA-Italy Fed Cup Tie this Weekend

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(February. 6, 2014) -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s first-round competition against Italy in Cleveland this weekend, with comprehensive telecasts Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9.  The battle is a rematch of last year’s first round, when Italy defeated the United States en route to claiming its fourth Fed Cup title.  The contest will feature two singles matches on Saturday, and two singles matches and the doubles match Sunday.  Tennis Channel will carry all matches live, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.  In addition to televising the United States-Italy matches each afternoon, Tennis Channel will cover first-round competition between Slovakia and Germany in Bratislava, Slovakia, live each morning.

 

Brett Haber (@Brett Haber) and Australia’s most victorious women’s doubles player, Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs), will be in Cleveland for Tennis Channel this weekend.  Handling play-by-play and analysis, respectively, the pair and the matches they cover are part of the network’s Center Court telecast.  Based in the channel’s Los Angeles studio, the daylong tennis block will be hosted by announcer Sam Gore (@sambgore) and former players Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) and Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob).

 

The action will get underway each morning with Germany-Slovakia Fed Cup coverage at 7 a.m. ET.  Before the U.S. team begins its afternoon play in Cleveland, Gore, Austin and Gimelstob will anchor world-whiparound coverage that takes viewers from Slovakia to men’s ATP events in Montpellier, France; Zagreb, Croatia; Vina del Mar, Chile; and back again.  Similar to the network’s Grand Slam telecasts at the US Open and Wimbledon, Center Court will stay on top of the most exciting matches wherever they take place, connecting all courts via a studio hub.

 

Subscribers of select Tennis Channel distribution partners can follow the network via computer or mobile device with its Tennis Channel Everywhere app.  Free to all Apple and Android users regardless of whether or not they currently subscribe to Tennis Channel, the app offers a number of features in addition to the network’s televised feed.

 

Coverage is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, Feb. 8:

7 a.m. – Live Slovakia v. Germany / ATP Montpellier / ATP Zagreb

1 p.m. – Live Singles #1 United States v. Italy

3 p.m. – Live Singles #2 United States v. Italy

 

Sunday, Feb. 9:

7 a.m. – Live Slovakia v. Germany / ATP Montpellier / ATP Zagreb / ATP Vina del Mar

12 p.m. – Live Singles #3 United States v. Italy

2 p.m. – Live Singles #4 United States v. Italy

4 p.m. – Live Doubles United States v. Italy

 

The United States holds a 9-3 advantage over Italy in Fed Cup play.  However, Italy has defeated the United States in their three most recent meetings, last year’s first round and the 2009 and 2010 championships. This weekend’s match up will be a rematch of last year’s opener, in which the Italians beat the Americans 3-2 in Rimini, Italy.  The United States, which leads all nations in Fed Cup titles, has clinched the trophy on 17 occasions, the most recent in 2000.

 

The U.S. Fed Cup team is captained by retired American tennis star Mary Joe Fernandez, who as a player helped her Fed Cup team win the championship in 1996.  Fed Cup newcomer Madison Keys earned her first win over a top-10 player last year when she defeated World No. 5 Li Na at the Madrid Open. Alison Riske, another Fed Cup newcomer, turned heads at last year’s US Open when she upset former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova before falling to Daniela Hantuchova.  Christina McHale had an impressive third-round performance at the US Open last year before falling to former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.  Lauren Davis, who will also make her Fed Cup debut this weekend, achieved her furthest performance at a Grand Slam when she defeated Germany’s Julia Goerges en route to the third round at the 2014 Australian Open.

 

Italy, Fed Cup winner in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013 enters this weekend as defending champion after defeating Russia 4-0 to win the Fed Cup title in 2013.  The team is captained by Corrado Barazzutti and features Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi, Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci.

 

Slovakia and Germany are tied in Fed Cup competition with one win apiece.  Slovakia won the most recent meeting in 2003.  In 2013 it fell to eventual runner-up Russia in the semifinals.  The country clinched its only Fed Cup trophy in 2002.  Slovakia is captained by Matej Liptak and features Dominika Cibulkova, Daniela Hantuchova, Magdalena Rybarikova and Jana Cepelova.

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US Hopes Youth Will Triumph When They Face Italy in Fed Cup this Weekend

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(February 5, 2014) The USA will face Italy for the fourth time in the last six years when both teams meet again in Cleveland this weekend in Fed Cup quarterfinal play.

Neither team will have its “A” team so youth will be served, especially for Team USA. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez named the team last month – Madison Keys (18), Alison Riske (23), Christina McHale (21) and Cleveland native Lauren Davi (20).

“It’s exciting to have young members, new members on the team, said Captain Fernandez to media on Wednesday in a pre-draw news conference.  “Christina (McHale) is our experienced one, the veteran at the prime old age of what, 21?

“And I think Alison is our oldest player at 23.  So you bring a lot of excitement and energy and enthusiasm when it’s your first time.  You get this great experience to play for your country, represent your country.
So those are all pluses.  I don’t really see any negatives.  Obviously not having played under the pressure of Fed Cup before you never know how someone is going to handle it.
“I think that’s a positive regardless because of the experience and the feedback you get in it.  For me’s really it’s all positive.”

“I think this team from Italy, the challenge is that they’re big hitters,” said Fernandez. “They hit the ball hard and they’re aggressive.  Good indoors.  Probably one of their favorite surfaces.”

Team Italy who will be sporting a team of mostly first-timers are up to the challenge.

“I think will be a tough match, very talented match,” said Italy’s captain Corrado Barazzutti.  “They are young team against, so we come here to try hard to win this match and we know that will be difficult.”
“I think it’s pretty clear the future is very bright, and this is an example of it,” Fernandez said of the US squad.  “This group and the group around them has really been really making strides the last few years and working hard to break each category.
“When I started with the Fed Cup as captain five, six years ago I want to say there were only three Americans in the top 100.  I believe we’re at 11 or 12 now.  So everybody is improving and pushing each other.  We’re seeing the results.
“We have different game styles, which is great, and personalities, but it’s very positive.  It’s extremely exciting to be part of and to see the young players grow and develop as people and as players as well.

As the lone member of the Fed Cup team with any Fed Cup experience, Christina McHale offer some advice to her teammates:

“I’ve had some of my best memories and just fun weeks playing Fed Cup, so I’m really excited to be back on the team.
“I think everyone here has come to a Fed Cup before, so I think they already have some experience.
“I mean, I think just, you know, it’s such an honor to play for your country, so just giving it everything you have, which we always do.  I think that’s the best advice.”

Italy beat the US in the first round of Fed Cup last year. Overall, the US has a 9-3 record versus Italy in Fed Cup play. The US has the record for the most Fed Cup titles at 17, while last year’s winners Italy have now won the cup four out of the past eight years.

 

 

 

 

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