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Draws Announced for Davis Cup World Group first round and Zone Group ties

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(March 5, 2015) The ITF has announced the draws for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round and Zone Group ties taking place on 6-8 March. A total of 33 ties are being held this weekend.

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

GERMANY v FRANCE

Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) v Gilles Simon (FRA)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Gael Monfils (FRA)

Benjamin Becker/Andre Begemann (GER) v Julien Benneteau/Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Gilles Simon (FRA)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) v Gael Monfils (FRA)

 

GREAT BRITAIN v USA

Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Andy Murray (GBR) v Donald Young (USA)

James Ward (GBR) v John Isner (USA)

Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)

Andy Murray (GBR) v John Isner (USA)

James Ward (GBR) v Donald Young (USA)

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Jan Mertl/Adam Pavlasek v Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

 

KAZAKHSTAN v ITALY

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (hard – indoor)

 

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) v Fabio Fognini/Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

 

ARGENTINA v BRAZIL

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

 

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Joao Souza (BRA)

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Federico Delbonis/Diego Schwartzmann (ARG) v Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA)

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v Joao Souza (BRA)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

 

SERBIA v CROATIA

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

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Mate Delic (CRO)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Marin Draganja/Franko Skugor (CRO)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Mate Delic (CRO)

 

CANADA v JAPAN

Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Milos Raonic (CAN) v Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Go Soeda/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)
Milos Raonic (CAN) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v Tatsuma Ito  (JPN)

 

BELGIUM v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Country Hall du Sart Tilman, Liege, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Michael Lammer (SUI)

Ruben Bemelmans/Niels Desein (BEL) v Adrien Bossel/Michael Lammer (SUI)

Steve Darcis (BEL) v Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Michael Lammer (SUI)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

BARBADOS v DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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

 

Seanon Williams (BAR) v Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)

Darian King (BAR) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Manuel Castellanos/Jose Olivares (DOM)

Darian King (BAR) v Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)

Seanon Williams (BAR) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

URUGUAY v COLOMBIA

Venue: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club, Montevideo, URU (clay – outdoor)

 

Pablo Cuevas (URU) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Martin Cuevas/Pablo Cuevas (URU) v Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL)

Pablo Cuevas (URU) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Martin Cuevas (URU) v Alejandro Gonzalez (COL)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

THAILAND v KOREA, REP.

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

 

Danai Udomchoke (THA) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Chung Hyeon (KOR)

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Nam Ji Sung/Song Min-Kyu (KOR)

Danai Udomchoke (THA) v Chung Hyeon (KOR)

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)

 

NEW ZEALAND v CHINA, P.R.

Venue: ASB Tennis Arena, Auckland, NZL (hard – outdoor)

 

Jose Statham (NZL) v Wu Di (CHN)

Michael Venus (NZL) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Marcus Daniell/Artem Sitak (NZL) v Li Zhe/Zhang Ze (CHN)

Jose Statham (NZL) v Zhang Ze (CHN)

Michael Venus (NZL) v Wu Di (CHN)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

RUSSIA v DENMARK

Venue: Sport Complex Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Novy Urengoy, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Martin Pedersen (DEN)

Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v Martin Pedersen (DEN)

 

SWEDEN v AUSTRIA

Venue: Idrottshuset Orebro, Orebro, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Elias Ymer (SWE) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

Christian Lindell (SWE) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) v Jurgen Melzer/Alexander Peya (AUT)

Elias Ymer (SWE) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Christian Lindell (SWE) v Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

 

 

SLOVAKIA v SLOVENIA

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

 

Martin Klizan (SVK) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Norbert Gombos (SVK) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

Martin Klizan/Igor Zelenay (SVK) v Blaz Kavcic/Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Martin Klizan (SVK) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO)

Norbert Gombos (SVK) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

 

ROMANIA v ISRAEL

Venue: Sala Transilvania, Sibui, ROU (clay – indoor)

 

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Jonathan Erlich/Edan Leshem (ISR)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Bar Tzuf Botzer (ISR)

 

POLAND v LITHUANIA

Venue: Orlen Arena, Plock, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)

Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

VENEZUELA v COSTA RICA

Venue: Cancha Oswaldo Merlin, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

David Souto (VEN) v Julian Saborio (CRC)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Ignaci Roca (CRC)

Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) v Pablo Nunez/Alvaro Daniel Riveros (CRC)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Julian Saborio (CRC)

David Souto (VEN) v Ignaci Roca (CRC)

 

PUERTO RICO v EL SALVADOR

Venue: Palmas del Mar Tennis Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Gabriel Flores Ruiz (PUR) v Marcelo Arevalo (ESA)

Alex Llompart (PUR) v Rafa Orantes (ESA)

Alex Llompart/Gabriel Montilla (PUR) v Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA)

Alex Llompart (PUR) v Marcelo Arevalo (ESA)

Gabriel Flores Ruiz (PUR) v Rafa Orantes (ESA)

 

MEXICO v BOLIVIA

Venue: Cancha Estadio Lorenzo Molina Casares, Merida, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Daniel Garza (MEX) v Federico Zeballos (BOL)

Tigre Hank (MEX) v Hugo Dellien (BOL)

Daniel Garza/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) v Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL)

Daniel Garza (MEX) v Hugo Dellien (BOL)
Tigre Hank (MEX) v Federico Zeballos (BOL)

 

CHILE v PERU

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

 

Christian Garin (CHI) v Duilio Beretta (PER)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER)

Gonzalo Lama/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) v Duilio Beretta (PER)

Christian Garin (CHI) v Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI v LEBANON

Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

 

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) v Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB)

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) v Karim Alayli (LIB)

Wang Chieh-Fu/Ho Chih-Jen (TPE) v Ibrahim Abou Chahine/Karim Alayli (LIB)

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) v Karim Alayli (LIB)

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) v Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB)

 

PHILIPPINES v SRI LANKA

Venue: Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI)

Francis Casey Alcantara/Treat Huey (PHI) v Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) v Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

 

INDONESIA v IRAN

Venue: Bukit Asam Tennis Court, Palembang, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Shahin Khaledan (IRI)

Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) v Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI)

Christopher Rungkat/David Agung Susanto (INA) v Amirvala Madanchi/Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI)

Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) v Shahin Khaledan (IRI)

 

PAKISTAN v KUWAIT

Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, SRI (clay – outdoor)

 

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Naser Al Obaidly (KUW)

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW)

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Hassan Al Mousa/Dawood Sayed Hashim (KUW)

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW)

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Naser Al Obaidly (KUW)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

TURKEY v SOUTH AFRICA

Venue: Mersin Tenis Kompleksi, Mersin, TUR (hard – indoor)

 

Cem Ilkel (TUR) v Fritz Wolmarans (RSA)

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)

Baris Erguden/Anil Yuksel (TUR) v Raven Klaasen/Ruan Roelofse (RSA)

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) v Fritz Wolmarans (RSA)

Cem Ilkel (TUR) v Tucker Vorster (RSA)

 

IRELAND v BELARUS

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

 

Sam Barry (IRL) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)

Daniel Glancy (IRL) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

James Cluskey/David O’Hare (IRL) v Siarhei Betau/Alexander Bury (BLR)

Sam Barry (IRL) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

Daniel Glancy (IRL) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)

 

PORTUGAL v MOROCCO

Venue: Centro Desportivo do Jamor, Cruz Quebrada, POR (hard – indoor)

 

Joao Sousa (POR) v Yassine Idmbarek (MAR)

Rui Machado (POR) v Lamine Ouahab (MAR)

Frederico Ferreira Silva/Joao Sousa (POR) v Lamine Ouahab/Younes Rachidi (MAR)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Lamine Ouahab (MAR)

Rui Machado (POR) v Yassine Idmbarek (MAR)

 

MONACO v FINLAND

Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

 

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Micke Kontinen (FIN)

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) v Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Micke Kontinen (FIN)

 

ZIMBABWE v BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, ZIM (hard – outdoor)

 

Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) v Mirza Basic (BIH)

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) v Damir Dzumhur (BIH)

Wayne Black/Mark Fynn (ZIM) v Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH)

Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) v Damir Dzumhur (BIH)

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) v Mirza Basic (BIH)

 

HUNGARY v MOLDOVA

Venue: Gyor Varosi Egyetemi Csarnok, Gyor, HUN (hard – indoor)

 

Gabor Borsos (HUN) v Radu Albot (MDA)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Andrei Ciumac (MDA)

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) v Radu Albot/Andrei Ciumac (MDA)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Radu Albot (MDA)

Gabor Borsos (HUN) v Andrei Ciumac (MDA)

 

LUXEMBOURG v MADAGSCAR

Venue: Centre National de Tennis, Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX (hard – indoor)

 

Gilles Muller (LUX) v Jacob Rasolondrazana (MAD)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD)

Gilles Muller/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) v Tony Rajaobelina/Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD)

Gilles Muller (LUX) v Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD)

Ugo Nastasi (LUX) v Jacob Rasolondrazana (MAD)

 

LATVIA v BULGARIA

Tenisa Centrs Lielupe, Jurmala, LAT (hard – indoor)

 

Martins Podzus (LAT) v Alexandar Lazov (BUL)

Janis Podzus (LAT) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Arturs Lazdins/Rudolfs Mednis (LAT) v Tihomir Grozdanov/Ilia Kushev (BUL)

Martins Podzus (LAT) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Janis Podzus (LAT) v Alexandar Lazov (BUL)

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Nominations Announced for Davis Cup World Group First Round and Zone Group Ties

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(February 24, 2015) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup World Group first round and Zone Group ties taking place on 6-8 March. A total of 33 ties will be held next week.

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

GERMANY v FRANCE

Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Germany
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Benjamin Becker
Jan-Lennard Struff
Andre Begemann
Captain: Michael Kohlmann

 

France
Gilles Simon
Gael Monfils
Richard Gasquet
Nicolas Mahut
Captain: Arnaud Clement

 

GREAT BRITAIN v USA
Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Great Britain
Andy Murray
James Ward
Dominic Inglot
Jamie Murray
Captain: Leon Smith

 

USA
John Isner
Donald Young
Mike Bryan
Bob Bryan

Captain: Jim Courier

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Czech Republic
Lukas Rosol
Jiri Vesely
Jan Mertl
Adam Pavlasek
Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

 

Australia
Nick Kyrgios
Bernard Tomic
Samuel Groth
Lleyton Hewitt
Captain: Wally Masur

 

KAZAKHSTAN v ITALY

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (hard – indoor)

 

Kazakhstan
Mikhail Kukushkin
Andrey Golubev
Aleksandr Nedovyesov
Dmitry Popko
Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

Italy
Fabio Fognini
Andreas Seppi
Simone Bolelli
Paolo Lorenzi
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

 

ARGENTINA v BRAZIL

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

 

Argentina
Leonardo Mayer
Federico Delbonis
Diego Schwartzmann
Carlos Berlocq
Captain: Daniel Orsanic

 

Brazil
Thomaz Bellucci
Joao Souza
Marcelo Melo
Bruno Soares
Captain: Joao Zwetsch

 

SERBIA v CROATIA

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

 

Serbia
Novak Djokovic
Viktor Troicki
Filip Krajinovic
Nenad Zimonjic
Captain: Bogdan Obradovic

 

Croatia
Marin Cilic
Borna Coric
Mate Delic
Marin Draganja
Captain: Zeljko Krajan

 

CANADA v JAPAN

Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Canada
Milos Raonic
Vasek Pospisil
Frank Dancevic
Daniel Nestor
Captain: Martin Laurendeau

 

Japan
Kei Nishikori
Go Soeda
Tatsuma Ito
Yasutaka Uchiyama
Captain: Minoru Ueda

 

BELGIUM v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Country Hall du Sart Tilman, Liege, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

Belgium
David Goffin
Steve Darcis
Ruben Bemelmans
Niels Desein
Captain: Johan van Herck

 

Switzerland
Yann Marti
Adrien Bossel
Henri Laaksonen
Michael Lammer
Captain: Severin Luthi

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

BARBADOS v DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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

 

Barbados
Darian King
Haydn Lewis
Seanon Williams
Russell Moseley
Captain: Kevin Yarde

 

Dominican Republic
Victor Estrella
Jose Hernandez
Jose Olivares
Manuel Castellanos
Captain: Rafael Moreno

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

URUGUAY v COLOMBIA

Venue: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club, Montevideo, URU (clay – outdoor)

 

Uruguay
Pablo Cuevas
Martin Cuevas
Rodrigo Senattore
Ariel Behar
Captain: Enrique Perez-Cassarino

 

Colombia
Santiago Giraldo
Alejandro Gonzalez
Juan-Sebastian Cabal
Robert Farah
Captain: Mauricio Hadad

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

THAILAND v KOREA, REP.

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

 

Thailand
Danai Udomchoke
Warit Sornbutnark
Sanchai Ratiwatana
Sonchat Ratiwatana
Captain: Paradorn Srichaphan

 

Korea, Rep.
Chung Hyeon
Nam Ji Sung
Lim Yong-Kyu
Song Min-Kyu
Captain: Roh Gap-Taik

 

NEW ZEALAND v CHINA, P.R.

Venue: ASB Tennis Arena, Auckland, NZL (hard – outdoor)

 

New Zealand
Michael Venus
Jose Statham
Marcus Daniell
Artem Sitak
Captain: Alistair Hunt

 

China, P.R.
Zhang Ze
Wu Di
Li Zhe
Gong Mao-xin
Captain: Jiang Hong-Wei

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

RUSSIA v DENMARK

Venue: Sport Complex Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg, Novy Urengoy, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Russia
Andrey Kuznetsov
Evgeny Donskoy
Konstantin Kravchuk
Andrey Rublev
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

 

Denmark
Frederik Nielsen
Martin Pedersen
Soren Hess-Olesen
Thomas Kromann
Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

 

SWEDEN v AUSTRIA

Venue: Idrottshuset Orebro, Orebro, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Sweden
Elias Ymer
Christian Lindell
Robert Lindstedt
Johan Brunstrom
Captain: Fredrik Rosengren

 

Austria
Andreas Haider-Maurer
Jurgen Melzer
Gerard Melzer
Alexander Peya
Captain: Stefan Koubek

 

SLOVAKIA v SLOVENIA

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

 

Slovakia
Martin Klizan
Lukas Lacko
Norbert Gombos
Igor Zelenay
Captain: Miloslav Mecir

 

Slovenia
Blaz Kavcic
Tom Kocevar-Desman
Mike Urbanija
Grega Zemlja
Captain: Blaz Trupej

 

ROMANIA v ISRAEL

Venue: Sala Transilvania, Sibui, ROU (clay – indoor)

 

Romania
Adrian Ungur
Marius Copil
Horia Tecau
Florin Mergea
Captain: Andrei Pavel

 

Israel
Dudi Sela
Bar Tzuf Botzer
Edan Leshem
Jonathan Erlich
Captain: Eyal Ran

 

POLAND v LITHUANIA

Venue: Orlen Arena, Plock, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Poland
Jerzy Janowicz
Lukasz Kubot
Kamil Majchrzak
Marcin Matkowski
Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik

 

Lithuania
Ricardas Berankis
Laurynas Grigelis
Lukas Mugevicius
Mantas Bugailiskis
Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

VENEZUELA v COSTA RICA
Venue: Cancha Oswaldo Merlin, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

Venezuela
Ricardo Rodriguez
Luis David Martinez
David Souto
Roberto Maytin
Captain: Jose de Armas

 

Costa Rica
Julian Saborio
Ignaci Roca
Pablo Nunez
Alvaro Daniel Riveros
Captain: Kenneth Thome Bolanos

 

PUERTO RICO v EL SALVADOR

Venue: Palmas del Mar Tennis Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Puerto Rico
Alex Llompart
Gabriel Flores Ruiz
Stephen Diaz
Christian Garay
Captain: Jorge F. Gonzalez

 

El Salvador
Marcelo Arevalo
Rafael Arevalo
Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin
Rafa Orantes
Captain: Miguel Merz

 

MEXICO v BOLIVIA

Venue: Cancha Estadio Lorenzo Molina Casares, Merida, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Mexico
Daniel Garza
Tigre Hank
Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela
Santiago Gonzalez
Captain: Leonardo Lavalle

 

Bolivia
Hugo Dellien
Federico Zeballos
Rodrigo Banzer
Alejandro Mendoza
Captain: Mauricio Solis

 

CHILE v PERU

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

 

Chile
Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
Nicolas Jarry
Gonzalo Lama
Christian Garin
Captain: Nicolas Massu

 

Peru

Duilio Beretta
Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio
Sergio Galdos
Duilio Vallebuona
Captain: Pablo Arraya

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI v LEBANON

Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

 

Chinese Taipei
Lu Yen-Hsun
Hung Jui-Chen
Wang Chieh-Fu
Ho Chih-Jen
Captain: Tsai Chia-Yen

 

Lebanon
Karim Alayli
Ibrahim Abou Chahine
Patrick Chucri
Playing Captain: Hussein Badreddine

 

PHILIPPINES v SRI LANKA

Venue: Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Philippines
Patrick-John Tierro
Treat Huey
Ruben Gonzales
Francis Casey Alcantara
Captain: Roland Kraut

 

Sri Lanka
Sharmal Dissanayake
Harshana Godamanna
Dineshkanthan Thangarajah
Sankha Atukorale
Captain: Rohan de Silva

 

INDONESIA v IRAN

Venue: Bukit Asam Tennis Court, Palembang, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Indonesia
Christopher Rungkat
Sunu-Wahyu Trijati
David Agung Susanto
Aditya Hari Sasongko
Captain: Roy Therik

 

Iran
Anoosha Shahgholi
Mohsen Hossein Zade
Amirvala Madanchi
Shahin Khaledan
Captain: Saeid Ahmadvand

 

PAKISTAN v KUWAIT

Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, SRI (clay – outdoor)

 

Pakistan
Aisam Qureshi
Aqeel Khan
Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar
Ahmed Choudhary
Captain: Rashid Malik

 

Kuwait
Mohammad Ghareeb
Ali Ghareeb
Hassan Al Mousa
Naser Al Obaidly
Captain: Adel Al Shatti

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

TURKEY v SOUTH AFRICA

Venue: Mersin Tenis Kompleksi, Mersin, TUR (hard – indoor)

 

Turkey
Marsel Ilhan
Cem Ilkel
Baris Erguden
Anil Yuksel
Captain: Haluk Akkoyun

 

South Africa
Fritz Wolmarans
Tucker Vorster
Ruan Roelofse
Raven Klaasen
Captain: Earl Grainger

 

IRELAND v BELARUS

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

 

Ireland
Sam Barry
Daniel Glancy
James Cluskey
David O’Hare
Captain: Conor Niland

 

Belarus
Egor Gerasimov
Dzmitry Zhyrmont
Alexander Bury
Siarhei Betau
Captain: Vladimir Voltchkov

 

PORTUGAL v MOROCCO

Venue: Centro Desportivo do Jamor, Cruz Quebrada, POR (hard – indoor)

 

Portugal
Joao Sousa
Rui Machado
Frederico Ferreira Silva
Joao Domingues
Captain: Nuno Marques

 

Morocco
Lamine Ouahab
Yassine Idmbarek
Mehdi Jdi
Younes Rachidi
Captain: Mehdi Tahiri

 

MONACO v FINLAND

Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

 

Monaco
Benjamin Balleret
Romain Arneodo
Thomas Oger
Guillaume Couillard
Captain: Christophe Boggetti

 

Finland
Jarkko Nieminen
Micke Kontinen
Henrik Sillanpaa
Henri Kontinen
Captain: Kim Tiilikainen

 

ZIMBABWE v BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, ZIM (hard – outdoor)

 

Zimbabwe
Takanyi Garanganga
Benjamin Lock
Mark Fynn
Wayne Black
Captain: Martin Dzuwa

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina
Damir Dzumhur
Mirza Basic
Tomislav Brkic
Nerman Fatic
Captain: Amer Delic

 

HUNGARY v MOLDOVA

Venue: Gyor Varosi Egyetemi Csarnok, Gyor, HUN (hard – indoor)

 

Hungary
Marton Fucsovics
Peter Nagy
Gabor Borsos
Levente Godry
Captain: Zoltan Kuharszky

 

Moldova
Radu Albot
Andrei Ciumac
Andrei Gorban
Maxim Bulat
Captain: Iurie Gorban

 

LUXEMBOURG v MADAGSCAR

Venue: Centre National de Tennis, Esch-sur-Alzette,LUX (hard – indoor)

 

Luxembourg
Gilles Muller
Ugo Nastasi
Gilles Kremer
Mike Scheidweiler
Captain: Johny Goudenbour

 

Madagascar
Antso Rakotondramanga
Lofo Ramiaramanana
Tony Rajaobelina
Jean-Jacques Rakotohasy
Captain: Thierry Rajaobelina

 

LATVIA v BULGARIA

Tenisa Centrs Lielupe, Jurmala, LAT (hard – indoor)

 

Latvia
Aleksandar Lazov
Dimitar Kuzmanov
Tihomir Grozdanov
Ilia Kushev
Captain: tbc

 

Bulgaria
Alexandar Lazov
Dimitar Kuzmanov
Tihomir Grozdanov
Ilia Kushev
Captain: Todor Enev

 

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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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Gilles Simon

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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