2015/04/28

USA and Great Britain Name Teams for Davis Cup First Round Tie in Glasgow March 6-8

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(February 24, 2015) The oldest rivalry in the history of Davis Cup will continue the weekend of March 6-8, when Great Britain plays host to the United States in Glasgow, Scotland for a first round tie in the Emirates Arena.

On Tuesday both countries named their teams. Team USA will consist of world No. 20 John Isner, No. 45 Donald Young, and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

World No. 3 Andy Murray will lead Great Britain’s team in his native Scotland which includes his brother Jamie, James Ward and Dominic Inglot.

Great Britain’s Captain Leon Smith said: “From a selection point of view we’ve been able to choose our strongest possible team which is of course spearheaded by Andy Murray who is significantly ahead of where he was 12 months ago. The tie will be a huge deal for him personally as he returns to play in Scotland for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2013. In James Ward we have somebody who has already proven himself against the US Davis Cup team, and I’d back him again to put in another excellent performance after some consistent recent form has seen him on the verge of cracking the top 100 for the first time. I’ve selected our top two doubles players in Jamie and Dom, and again they’ve showed real consistency this year to earn their place in the team. As a group, all the guys deserve this opportunity and I know we’re all excited to get together in Glasgow and get the tie underway.”

Last year, Murray carried his team to a 3-1 victory over the U.S. in the first round last year in San Diego.

For the best of five series, play begins each day at 1 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET). Friday, March 6, will include two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

In the Davis Cup competition dating back to 1900, the U.S. is 11-8 all-time against Great Britain

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Quarterfinal, July 17-19, and will play either France or Germany. Should the U.S. defeat Great Britain, it will travel to Germany or host France. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoff, Sept. 18-20, for the right to play in the World Group in 2016.

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Thirty-Somethings David Ferrer, Ivo Karlovic, and Gilles Simon Claim ATP Titles This Week

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(February 22, 2015) It’s been said in the past few years that 30 has become the new 20 on the ATP tour with 20 of the top 100 players at least 30-years-old or older. This was very evident as all this week’s winners on the ATP World Tour were at least 30-years-old – Gilles Simon (30), Ivo Karlovic (35) and David Ferrer (32).

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Thirty-year old Frenchman Gilles Simon won his 12 career title on Sunday, defeating countryman Gael Monfils 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4) to win the Open 13 tournament in Marseille.

Simon is now No. 2 on the list for most titles won by a Frenchman in the Open Era, behind French Open winner Yannick Noah, who won 23 titles in his career.

“It was a great week, but a tough one physically,” Simon said. “I left a lot of energy against [Borna] Coric (in the second round) and then it was hard to recover from this one. I’m happy I won here since I won my first tournament in Marseille. I hope it won’t be the last one.” Simon spent almost nine hours on the court during the tournament.

Monfils is now 5-17 in ATP finals “I’m disappointed,” said Monfils. “It was a great match and we both played really well.”

Ivo Karlovic

In Delray Beach, just six days shy of his 36th birthday, Ivo Karlovic beat Donald Young 6-3, 6-3 to win his sixth ATP World Tour title and become the oldest ATP singles champion since Jimmy Connors won the Tel Aviv tournament back in 1989 at the age of 37.

The almost seven-foot Croatian Karlovic did not lose his serve throughout the tournament.

“It is unbelievable.” said Karlovic. “It was really satisfying also for me to do this at my age, and it gives me a boost of confidence when I go into the other tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami.”

David Ferrer claimed his second tournament trophy for 2015 winning the Rio Open for his 23rd career ATP World Tour title. Ferrer dismissed Fabio Fognini on Sunday 6-2, 6-3 in 83-minutes. Fognini upset Ferrer’s Spanish countryman, top seed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals on Saturday night.

Ferrer kept his record perfect against Fognini at 8-0 with the win.

“It was my best match of the tournament and I’m very happy having won two tournaments this season,” said Ferrer.

“I’m really happy. It’s my 23rd tournament win and I never won here before in Rio. I’m very happy for that. I had the chance to be in the Carnaval this week and all the facilities are good. This week is very special. I have a lot of confidence with my game. I won two tournaments this year. It’s very important for me being with the best players in the world.”

“When you lose in a final, you’re always disappointed,” said Fognini. “It’s a big week for me. Yesterday I beat Rafa. It’s a big tournament and I’m happy because I put in a lot of work mentally and physically. To be 100 per cent against David, it is difficult.”

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ITF Confirms Dates for 2016 Davis Cup

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(February 18, 2015) The International Tennis Federation’s Davis Cup Committee confirmed the calendar dates for the 2016 Davis Cup:

 

World Group first round                         4-6 March

World Group quarterfinals                      15-17 July

World Group semifinals and play-offs    16-18 September

World Group Final                                 25-27 November

 

The Committee had previously confirmed the following weeks for the 2017-18 competition:

 

World Group first round                         week after Australian Open

World Group quarterfinals                      week after Miami

World Group semifinals and play-offs    week after US Open

World Group Final                                 week after ATP World Tour Finals

 

The 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round ties are taking place next month on March 6-8.

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Draws announced for 2015 Fed Cup Play-offs

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(February 10, 2015) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs on 18-19 April:

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

Italy [s] [c] v USA
Netherlands [c] v Australia [s]
Poland [s] [c] [*]  v Switzerland
Canada [s] [c] [*] v Romania

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

Serbia [s] [c] [*] v Paraguay
Slovakia [s] [c] [*] v Sweden
Japan [s] [c] [*] v Belarus
Argentina [c] v Spain [s]

[s] = seed

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

 

The 2015 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 18-19 April. In the semifinals, Czech Republic will be at home to France, and Russia will be at home to Germany.

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2015 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II results

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(February 8, 2015 ) Sunday’s results from the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 7-8 February.

 

In the World Group semifinals, on 18-19 April, Russia will be at home to Germany, while France will be away to Czech Republic.

 

Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland and USA, the four winners in World Group II, have qualified for the World Group play-offs on 18-19 April, where they will be joined by the four World Group first round losers, Australia, Canada, Italy and Poland.

 

Belarus, Japan, Paraguay and Serbia, who all qualified from their respective Zone Group I events which finished on Saturday, will contest the World Group II play-offs on 18-19 April, where they will be joined by the four World Group II losers, Argentina, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

 

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 10 February at 10:00 GMT. The seeds will be based on the new Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 9 February.

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated CANADA 4-0

Venue: PEPS, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoors)

 

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 62 64

Tereza Smitkova (CZE) d. Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 61 62

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 64 62

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Tereza Smitkova (CZE) not played

Denisa Allertova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Francoise Abanda/Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 61 76(2)

 

FRANCE defeated ITALY 3-2

Venue: 105 Stadium, Genoa, ITA (clay – indoors)

 

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 76(2) 75
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 64 62
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 63
Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 46 60 62
Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 62

RUSSIA defeated POLAND 4-0

Venue: Krakow Arena, Krakow, POL (hard – indoors)

 

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 64 26 62

Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 60 63
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 75

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) not played
Vitalia Diatchenko/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 64 64

GERMANY defeated AUSTRALIA 4-1

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

 

Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 46 62 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 36 1210
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 62 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 63 36 86
Julia Goerges/Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Casey Dellacqua/Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 67(2) 76(7) [10-6]

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

NETHERLANDS defeated SLOVAKIA 4-1

Venue: Omnisport Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, NED (clay – indoors)

 

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Kiki Bertens (NED) 62 75
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 64
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 26 61
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 63 26 64
Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. Kristina Kucova/Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) 75 61

ROMANIA defeated SPAIN 3-2

Venue: Danube Arena, Galati, ROU (hard – indoors)

 

Simona Halep (ROU) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 61
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 63 62
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 64 63
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 64
Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues/Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 57 63 62

SWITZERLAND defeated SWEDEN 3-1

Venue: Helsingborg Arena, Helsingborg, SWE (hard – indoors)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 76(4) 60
Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 61 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 76(5)
Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Belinda Bencic (SUI) not played
Johanna Larsson/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) d. Viktorija Golubic/Xenia Knoll (SUI) 57 62 [10-5]

USA defeated ARGENTINA 4-1

Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)

 

Venus Williams (USA) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 63 62
Serena Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 75 60
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 64 64
Venus Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 64

Taylor Townsend/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 62 63

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At 34, Victor Estrella Burgos becomes oldest first-time ATP winner

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(February 8, 2015) Victor Estrella Burgos became the oldest first-time ATP World Tour winner in Open Era history on Sunday when the 34-year-old had a 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-6(5) win over top seed Feliciano Lopez to take the Ecuador Open Quito title.

No. 73 Estrella Burgos is also the first person from the Dominican Republic to win an ATP title. He’s just the second player ranked outside the Top 50 to win a title this year following World No. 63 Jiri Vesely, who won in Auckland in January.

Estrella Burgos also reached his first ATP doubles final on Saturday, where he and partner Joao Souza to the German team of Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko

This was the second over-30 final of the season with 31-year-old Guillermo Garcia Lopez beating 30-year-old Andreas Seppi for the Zagreb title earlier in the day.

“The truth is that Quito has become a very special city for me,” Said Estrella. “It actually already was, as I’ve won Challengers here. Today has been a very tough day for me where I was a set up, and later I lost the tie-break. In the third set I was up a break, and I didn’t manage the nerves well. I got a little bit nervous, but thanks to God, I relaxed a bit in the tie-break, and I was able to win the mini-break and win the match.”

“He practically dominated the whole match,” said Lopez. In the tie-break I was ahead, and then I had a very easy backhand shot that I missed and that killed me. It would have put me at 5-4 with two serves. That would have been a good opportunity, but tennis is like this.”

Lopez became the ninth player and third active player to reach 7,000 aces.

 

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US Advances to Fed Cup World Group Playoffs with win over Argentina

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(February 8, 2015) Venus Williams led the USA Fed Cup team into the World Group Playoffs on Sunday when she defeated Maria Irigoyen of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 in the second match of the day to clinch the tie at 3-1. Sister Serena did not play the first rubber of the day due to an illness. She was replaced by Coco Vandeweghe, who lost to Paula Ormaechea 6-4, 6-4.

The Americans will play in the World Group Playoffs the weekend of April18-19. They will face one of the following teams: Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland winners in World Group II, and the four World Group first round losers, Australia, Canada, Italy and Poland. The draw will take place on Tuesday.

The Americans have won the Fed Cup title 17 times, more than any other nation, with their last Fed Cup coming in 2000.

USA defeated ARGENTINA 4-1

Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)

Venus Williams (USA) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 63 62
Serena Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 75 60
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 64 64
Venus Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 64

Taylor Townsend/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 62 63

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Williams Sisters Give USA 2-0 Lead Over Argentina in Fed Cup

 

 

(February 7, 2015) The Williams sisters gave the United States an expected 2-0 lead over Argentina in their Fed Cup World Group II tie on Saturday in Buenos Aires.

Venus defeated Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 6-2, in the first match, and Serena, figured out her opponent and beat Maria Irigoyen 7-5, 6-0.

Venus, who is ranked No. 11 in the world, defeated No. 121 Ormaechea, 6-3, 6-2, in just one hour and 20 minutes,

“There were a lot of deuce games and Paula really competed well,” Venus said of the match. “She started coming back at 5-0 in the second set, so I had to find a way to put it away. I never thought she was going to give up. It was a good thing for our team to get that first point.”

“There were a couple of breaks in the beginning, but there were interesting circumstances to this match—you are playing for your country and it was my first time on clay. I was just trying to find my rhythm. Once I got broke, I was only thinking about breaking back and holding. By the fifth game, I felt good and it helped me a lot through the rest of the match.”

 

It was two completely different sets,“ Serena said when speaking about her match. “I was trying to find my rhythm. The ball bounced differently than in practice and my feet didn’t move as well in the beginning. The balls hit with more spin today and I needed to get used to that. It is also more humid here. The conditions were hot and the court got a few bad bounces. I was able to find my way there at the end and win.”

Serena can seal the first-round tie on Sunday, in the first of the reverse singles against Ormaechea.

Should the U.S. win, they will be in the playoffs in April, for the opportunity to reach World Group again in 2016.

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Fed Cup Results for February 6

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(February 6, 2015) The ITF has announced the latest results from Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and Americas Zone Group I.

 

Four Zone Group events are taking place this week: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Budapest, Hungary (4-7 February); Americas Zone Group I in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4-7 February); Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Guangzhou, China (4-7 February); and Europe/Africa Zone Group II in Tallinn, Estonia (4-7 February).

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 18-19 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones. The nations contesting the Europe/Africa Zone Group II event are bidding for promotion to 2016 Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

 

The 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties are taking place on 7-8 February.

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Syma Event and Congress Centre, Budapest, Hungary (hard – indoor)

 

Pool A

Hungary defeated Austria 3-0
Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) d. Barbara Haas (AUT) 75 62

Timea Babos (HUN) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 1-0 ret.

Timea Babos/Anna Bondar (HUN) d. Julia Grabher/Sandra Klemenschits (AUT) 76(2) 62

 

Pool B

Great Britain defeated Ukraine 3-0
Johanna Konta (GBR) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 63 62

Heather Watson (GBR) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 26 75 64

Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) d. Olga Savchuk/Elina Svitolina (UKR) 67(6) 75 64

 

Turkey defeated Liechtenstein 3-0
Ipek Soylu (TUR) d. Lynn Zund (LIE) 60 62

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Stephanie Vogt (LIE) 62 62

Cagla Buyukakcay/Pemra Ozgen (TUR) d. Sandra Hinterberger/Lynn Zund (LIE) 60 60

Pool C

Belarus defeated Portugal 2-1
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 63 62

Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 64 62

Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Barbara Luz/Ines Murta (POR) 64 67(2) 62

 

Georgia defeated Bulgaria 2-1
Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) d. Dia Evtimova (BUL) 64 64

Elitsa Kostova (BUL) d. Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 63 76(4)

Oksana Kalashnikova/Sofia Shapatava (GEO) d. Dia Evtimova/Elitsa Kostova (BUL) 63 62
Pool D

Croatia defeated Belgium 2-1
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Ana Vrljic (CRO) 62 64

Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 46 64

Darija Jurak/Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Kirsten Flipkens/Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 62

 

Israel defeated Latvia 2-1
Julia Glushko (ISR) d. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 75 63

Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) 61 61

Darta-Elizabete Emulina/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. Alona Pushkarevsky/Keren Shlomo (ISR) 63 26 63

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Guangdong Olympic Sports Centre, Guangzhou, China, P.R. (hard – outdoor)

 

Pool A

Japan defeated Uzbekistan 3-0
Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 63

Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 26 60 63

Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Arina Folts/Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 64 64

 

Korea, Rep. defeated Hong Kong, China 3-0
Han Na-Lae (KOR) d. Wu Ho Ching (HKG) 63 75

Jang Su Jeong (KOR) d. Zhang Ling (HKG) 26 64 62

Choi Ji-Hee/Lee So-Ra (KOR) d. Ng Man Ying/ Sher Chun-Wing (HKG) 63 62

 

Pool B

 

Kazakhstan defeated Thailand 2-1
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 67(3) 75 62

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (THA) 60 60

Luksika Kumkhum/Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Kamila Kerimbayeva/Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 16 63

 

China, P.R. defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1
Wang Qiang (CHN) d. Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 61 63

Zheng Saisai (CHN) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 62 46 4-0 ret.

Chan Hao-Ching/Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) d. Wang Qiang/Zheng Saisai (CHN) 1-2 ret.

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: La Loma Centro Deportivo, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (hard – outdoor)

 

Pool A

Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1
Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) d. Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) 76(3) 46 62

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) d. Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 76(6) 75

Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez/Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia (COL) d. Gabriela Ce/Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 36 5-4 ret.
Pool B

Paraguay defeated Venezuela 3-0
Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Viviana Onorato (VEN) 60 60

Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. Mariaryeni Gutierrez (VEN) 63 62

Camila Giangreco Campiz/Sara Gimenez (PAR) d. Mariaryeni Gutierrez/Viviana Onorato (VEN) 75 63

 

Mexico defeated Bolivia 2-1
Marcela Zacarias (MEX) d. Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 06 75 62

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) d. Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) 26 62 63

Victoria Rodriguez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 62 57 61

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II

Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallin, Estonia (hard – indoor)

 

Pool A

South Africa defeated Bosnia/Herzegovina 2-1
Chanel Simmonds (RSA) d. Damira Muminovic (BIH) 64 62

Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Jelena Simic (BIH) 64 60

Jelena Simic/Jasmina Tinjic (BIH) d. Ilze Hattingh/Michelle Sammons (RSA) 64 62

Estonia defeated Egypt 2-1
Anett Kontaveit (EST) d. Sandra Samir (EGY) 61 61

Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Ola Abou Zekry (EGY) 60 61

Ola Abou Zekry/Dina Hegab (EGY) d. Valeria Gorlats/Julia Skripnik (EST) 62 36 76(3)

Pool B

Finland defeated Luxembourg 3-0
Oona Orpana (FIN) d. Eleonora Molinaro  (LUX) 75 64

Piia Suomalainen (FIN) d. Claudine Schaul (LUX) 61 62

Ella Leivo (FIN)/ Roosa Timonen d. Sharon Pesch/Jo Weisen (LUX) 76(4) 60

Slovenia defeated Ireland 2-1
Tadeja Majeric (SLO) d. Lauren Deegan (IRL) 57 61 63

Amy Bowtell (IRL) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 76(7) 4-6 ret.

Andreja Klepac/Manca Pislak (SLO) d. Amy Bowtell/Rachael Dillon (IRL) 62 63

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Draws announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

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(February 6, 2015) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 7-8 February.

Four Zone Group events are also taking place this week: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Budapest, Hungary (4-7 February); Americas Zone Group I in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4-7 February); Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Guangzhou, China (4-7 February); and Europe/Africa Zone Group II in Tallinn, Estonia (4-7 February).

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

CANADA v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: PEPS, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoors)

 

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) v Tereza Smitkova (CZE)

Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Tereza Smitkova (CZE)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Denisa Allertova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

ITALY v FRANCE

Venue: 105 Stadium, Genoa, ITA (clay – indoors)

 

Sara Errani (ITA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
Sara Errani (ITA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Roberta Vinci/Karin Knapp (ITA) v Kristina Mladenovic/Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

POLAND v RUSSIA

Venue: Krakow Arena, Krakow, POL (hard – indoors)

 

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) v Vitalia Diatchenko/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

GERMANY v AUSTRALIA

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

 

Angelique Kerber (GER) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Julia Goerges/Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS)

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

NETHERLANDS v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Omnisport Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, NED (clay – indoors)

 

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Magdalena Rybarikova/Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)

ROMANIA v SPAIN

Venue: Danube Arena, Galati, ROU (hard – indoors)

 

Simona Halep (ROU) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
Simona Halep (ROU) v Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Alexandra Dulgheru/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Lara Arruabarrena/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)

SWEDEN v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Helsingborg Arena, Helsingborg, SWE (hard – indoors)

 

Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Sofia Arvidsson/Susanne Celik (SWE) v Viktorija Golubic/Xenia Knoll (SUI)

ARGENTINA v USA

Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)

 

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Venus Williams (USA)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Serena Williams (USA)
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Serena Williams (USA)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Venus Williams (USA)

Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) v Taylor Townsend/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

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