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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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Serena and Venus Williams Lead US Against Argentina in Fed Cup Tie

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(February 6, 2015) The United States will face Argentina in the Fed Cup World Group II First Round on an outdoor red clay court at the Pilara Tennis Club in Buenos Aires. Play begins Saturday at 11:00 am local time (9:00 am ET).

 

Opening the tie will be world No. 11 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and world No. 121 Paula Ormaechea. Venus comes to Argentina after reaching the Australian Open quarterfinal, her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2010. She holds a 19-4 overall record in Fed Cup competition (15-2 in singles), last playing in the 2013 Fed Cup World Group Playoff against Sweden in Delray Beach, Fla. She was also a member of the Fed Cup title-winning team in 1999. She has been ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles.

 

“I love the game, competition and everything about tennis,” Venus said in Friday’s draw ceremony. “It is a pleasure to be here and represent the U.S.”

 

“Paula is a great girl and a great player. We have practiced a few times together. I have a lot of respect for her and it will be a good match between us.”

 

 

Ormaechaea has competed in 12 Fed Cup ties for Argentina, holding an 11-7 singles record. She peaked at No. 59 in the world in October 2013 and has reached the third round of the French Open twice (in 2013 and 2014). Venus and Ormaechea have faced each other once on the WTA Tour – in the 2013 French Open, where Venus won, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

 

The second match on Saturday features world No. 1 and 2015 Australian Open champion Serena Williams and world No. 197 Maria Irigoyen. Serena holds a perfect 10-0 singles record in Fed Cup competition, last playing in the 2013 Fed Cup World Group Playoff against Sweden in Delray Beach to propel the U.S. back into the World Group last year. She also helped the U.S. capture the 1999 Fed Cup title. Williams has now won 19 Grand Slam titles along with the Olympic gold medal in singles and women’s doubles, with sister Venus, at the 2012 Games in London. Irigoyen has competed in 16 Fed Cup ties for Argentina, making her debut in 2008, and holds a 3-5 singles record in Fed Cup play. Irigoyen won her first WTA doubles title last year in Rio de Janeiro and has ranked as high as No. 155 in the world in singles and No. 83 in doubles. Serena and Irigoyen have never faced each other.

 

“It feels good to be in Argentina,” Serena said. “It is a change from Australia because we were on hard courts and now we are on clay. I love the clay. We are all trying to get our feet used to the surface, but the whole team feels really good. I am really excited to be playing here for my team.”

 

“I’ve played in some cozy, small stadiums around the world, including the Ukraine in Fed Cup. It’s a great chance for fans and people to come here to get up close to the tennis. I am excited to play for them.”

 

“I have been here with Venus before and we had a wonderful time. We had the opportunity to play with some kids with disabilities during our last visit and had fun playing with them. The city is really nice and we did a lot of shopping and touring and it was a wonderful experience. It is great to be back.”

 

 

 

This tie marks the first time that the U.S. Fed Cup Team has played in Argentina, as it has previously played them on home and neutral ground. This will mark the fifth matchup between the U.S. and Argentina in Fed Cup competition, where the United States holds a 3-1 record over Argentina. The U.S. is 8-11 in away ties since the World Group format was in instituted in 1995 and holds an overall 143-35 record.

 

“We are looking forward to this weekend,” said US Fed Cup captain MaryJoe Fernandez . We had a good week of practice, the club is fantastic, and the courts are in great shape. Obviously it is a big transition for Venus and Serena coming from Australia and changing the surface, but everyone is ready and looking good. We are ready to compete.”

 

 

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 18-19, to compete for a spot in the 2016 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2016. The U.S. will compete in World Group II in 2015 for just the second time since the World Group format was instituted in 1995 (the U.S. competed in the World Group II in 2012).

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations taking part in 2015. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000.

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Fed Cup Results for February 5, 2015

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(February 5, 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 February 7-8.

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year.

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

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

 

Pool A

Serbia defeated Hungary 2-1
Ivana Jorovic (SRB) d. Dalma Galfi (HUN) 61 60

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 76(6) 06 76(5)

Timea Babos/Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) d. Ivana Jorovic/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 46 76(2) 62

 

Pool B

Turkey defeated Great Britain 2-1
Ipek Soylu (TUR) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 63 76(6)

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Heather Watson (GBR) 62 36 75

Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) d. Basak Eraydin/Pemra Ozgen (TUR) 62 61

 

Ukraine defeated Liechtenstein 3-0
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) d. Kathinka von Deichmann (LIE) 61 61

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Stephanie Vogt (LIE) 46 62 63

Olga Savchuk/Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Kathinka von Deichmann/Lynn Zund (LIE) 62 61

Pool C

Belarus defeated Bulgaria 3-0
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Elitsa Kostova (BUL) 62 63

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 63 26 75

Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Dia Evtimova/Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) 75 61

 

Georgia defeated Portugal 2-1
Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) d. Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 63 64

Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 61 63

Oksana Kalashnikova/Sofia Shapatava (GEO) d. Maria Joao Koehler/Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 75 64
Pool D

Belgium defeated Israel 3-0
Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Alona Pushkarevsky (ISR) 60 63

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Julia Glushko (ISR) 63 62

An-Sophie Mestach/Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Julia Glushko/Shahar Peer (ISR) 61 63

 

Croatia defeated Latvia 3-0
Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Darta-Elizabete Emulina (LAT) 61 60

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d. Donna Vekic (CRO) 63 61

Darija Jurak/Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Jelena Ostapenko/Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) 64 63

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

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

 

Pool A

Japan defeated Hong Kong, China 3-0
Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Wu Ho Ching (HKG) 61 64

Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Zhang Ling (HKG) 61 76(2)

Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Ng Man Ying/ Sher Chun-Wing (HKG) 61 62

 

Korea, Rep. defeated Uzbekistan 2-1
Han Na-Lae (KOR) d. Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 61 67(2) 62

Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) d. Jang Su Jeong (KOR) 64 26 64

Han Na-Lae/Jang Su Jeong (KOR) d. Nigina Abduraimova/Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 62

 

Pool B

 

China defeated Thailand 2-1
Wang Qiang (CHN) d. Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) 60 61

Zheng Saisai (CHN) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 36 64 62

Luksika Kumkhum/Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (THA) d. Wang Qiang/Zheng Saisai (CHN) 62 76(3)

 

Kazakhstan defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 61 61

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 64 26 75

Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. Kamila Kerimbayeva/Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 60 61

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

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

 

Pool A

Brazil defeated Chile 3-0
Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) d. Daniela Seguel (CHI) 62 76(10)

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) d. Andrea Koch-Benvenuto (CHI) 61 ret.

Beatriz Haddad Maia/Gabriela Ce (BRA) d. Fernanda Brito/Barbara Gatica (CHI) 60 62

Pool B

Paraguay defeated Mexico 2-1
Marcela Zacarias (MEX) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 36 63 75

Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) 64 63

Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Victoria Rodriguez/Marcela Zacarias (MEX) 63 36 63

 

Bolivia defeated Venezuela 2-1
Noelia Zeballos (BOL) d. Aymet UZCATEGUI (VEN) 64 36 64

Adriana Perez (VEN) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) 46 76(1) 63

Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) d. Adriana Perez/Aymet UZCATEGUI (VEN) 76(5) 57 61

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II

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

 

Pool A

South Africa defeated Estonia 2-1
Anett Kontaveit (EST) d. Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 63 63

Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 63

Michelle Sammons/Chanel Simmonds (RSA) d. Kaia Kanepi/Anett Kontaveit (EST) 36 63 64

Egypt defeated Bosnia/Herzegovina 2-1
Sandra Samir (EGY) d. Anita Husaric (BIH) 63 63

Jasmina Tinjic (BIH) d. Ola Abou Zekry (EGY) 64 16 61

Ola Abou Zekry/Sandra Samir (EGY) d. Anita Husaric/Jelena Simic (BIH) 64 64

Pool B

Slovenia defeated Finland 3-0
Tadeja Majeric (SLO) d. Oona Orpana (FIN) 76(5) 75

Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Ella Leivo (FIN) 60 61

Andreja Klepac/Manca Pislak (SLO) d. Roosa Timonen/Oona Orpana (FIN) 61 61

Ireland defeated Luxembourg 2-1
Eleonora Molinaro  (LUX) d. Julie Byrne (IRL) 62 63

Amy Bowtell (IRL) d. Claudine Schaul (LUX) 62 64

Amy Bowtell/Rachael Dillon (IRL) d. Eleonora Molinaro /Claudine Schaul (LUX) 63 75

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Fed Cup Results for February 4, 2015

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(February 4, 2015) 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. All nations contesting the Europe/Africa Zone Group II event will be bidding to qualify for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I, with two teams qualifying for the 2016 event.

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

 

Fed Cup is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year.

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

 

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

 

Pool A

Serbia defeated Austria 3-0
Ivana Jorovic (SRB) d. Barbara Haas (AUT) 63 62
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 62 62
Ivana Jorovic/ Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Julia Grabher/Sandra Klemenschits (AUT) 61 63

 

Pool B

Great Britain defeated Liechtenstein 3-0
Johanna Konta (GBR) d. Kathinka von Deichmann (LIE) 60 60
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Stephanie Vogt (LIE) 62 63
Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith (GBR) d. Stephanie Vogt/Kathinka von Deichmann (LIE) 61 62

 

Ukraine defeated Turkey 2-1
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Pemra Ozgen (TUR) 62 62
Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 63 46 60
Olga Savchuk/Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Cagla Buyukakcay/Ipek Soylu (TUR) 75 61

Pool C

Belarus defeated Georgia 3-0
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Ekaterine Gorgodze (GEO) 61 63
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 61 46 75
Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Oksana Kalashnikova/Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 63 64

 

Bulgaria defeated Portugal 3-0
Elitsa Kostova (BUL) d. Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 62 61
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) 64 75
Dia Evtimova/Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) d. Michelle Larcher De Brito/Barbara Luz (POR) 60 63
Pool D

Belgium defeated Letonia 3-0
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Darta-Elizabete Emulina (LET) 61 60
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Jelena Ostapenko 62 46 63
An-Sophie Mestach/Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d. Darta-Elizabete Emulina/Jelena Ostapenko (LET) 60 75

 

Croatia defeated Israel 3-0
Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Keren Shlomo (ISR) 63 60
Donna Vekic (CRO) d. Julia Glushko (ISR) 61 67(6) 75
Darija Jurak/Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. Alona Pushkarevsky/Keren Shlomo (ISR) 60 60

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

 

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

 

Pool A

Japan defeated Korea, Rep. 3-0
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Han Na-Lae (KOR) 36 61 60
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Jang Su Jeong (KOR) 62 63
Shuko Aoyama/Eri Hozumi (JPN) d. Han Na-Lae/Jang Su Jeong (KOR) 64 62

 

Uzbekistan defeated Hong Kong, China 3-0
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. Wu Ho Ching (HKG) 75 64
Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) d. Zhang Ling (HKG) 76(3) 76(3)
Arina Folts/Sabina Sharipova (UZB) d. Ng Man Ying/ Sher Chun-Wing (HKG) 63 67(2) 64 

 

Pool B

 

Thailand defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 61 60
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 62 61
Peangtarn Plipuech/Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Chan Hao-Ching/Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 64 63

 

Kazakhstan defeated China, P.R. 2-1
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Wang Qiang (CHN) 46 64 63
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. Zhang Shuai (CHN) 75 60
Peng Shuai/Zheng Saisai (CHN) d. Kamila Kerimbayeva/Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 61 75

AMERICA ZONE GROUP I

 

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

 

Pool A

Colombia defeated Chile 2-1
Daniela Seguel (CHI) d. Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) 62 36 75
Mariana Duque Marino (COL) d. Andrea Koch-Benvenuto (CHI) 36 64 61
Mariana Duque Marino/Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) d. Fernanda Brito/Daniela Seguel (CHI) 63 67(5) 61

Pool B

Paraguay defeated Bolivia 3-0
Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 36 63 62
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez Teran (BOL) 60 62
Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) d. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez Teran/Noelia Zeballos (BOL) 36 62 63

 

Mexico defeated Venezuela 3-0
Marcela Zacarias (MEX) d. Mariaryeni Gutierrez (VEN) 63 61
Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX) d. Andrea Perez (VEN) 75 57 64
Victoria Rodriguez/Marcela Zacarias (MEX) d. Viviana Onorato Caruso/Aymet Uzcategui (VEN) 61 60

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II

 

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

 

Pool A

South Africa defeated Egypt 3-0
Chanel Simmonds (RSA) d. Sandra Samir (EGY) 60 62
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Ola Abou Zekry (EGY) 60 61
Ilze Hattingh/Michelle Sammons (RSA) d. Ola Abou Zekry/Sandra Samir (EGY) 64 63

Estonia defeated Bosnia/Herzegovina 3-0
Anett Kontaveit (EST) d. Anita Husaric (BIH) 67(6) 64 62
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Jasmina Tinjic (BIH) 75 61
Valeria Gorlats/Julia Skripnik (EST) d. Jelena Simic/Jasmina Tinjic (BIH) 46 76(7) 75

Pool B

Finland defeated Ireland 2-1

Piia Suomalainen (FIN) d. Julie Byrne (IRL) 76(1) 63
Amy Bowtell (IRL) d. Ella Leivo (FIN) 61 62
Piia Suomalainen/Roosa Timonen (FIN) d. Amy Bowtell/Rachael Dillon (IRL) 63 62

Slovenia defeated Luxembourg 3-0

Tadeja Majeric (SLO) d. Eleonora Molinaro (LUX) 63 61
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Sharon Pesch (LUX) 61 60
Tadeja Majeric/Manca Pislak (SLO) d. Sharon Pesch/Jo Weisen (LUX) 61 62

 

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Vandeweghe and Townsend to Replace Keys and Lepchenko On US Fed Cup Team

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From the USTA: (February 4, 2015) Coco Vandeweghe and Taylor Townsend will replace Madison Keys and Varvara Lepchenko on the U.S. Fed Cup Team roster for the World Group II First Round in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Keys suffered a leg injury in the Australian Open en route to her first career Grand Slam semifinal, while Lepchenko suffered an illness after competing in Australia and is still recovering.

 

Vandeweghe, 23, is ranked a career-high No. 32 in the world after a strong start to the year, where she reached the third round of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand. Vandeweghe made her only appearance on the U.S. Fed Cup Team in the 2010 World Group Final against Italy in San Diego. Townsend, 18, is ranked No. 96 in the world and is making her Fed Cup debut. Vandeweghe and Townsend join Serena Williams and Venus Williams, who were named to the U.S. team last week by U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez.

 

The United States will face Argentina on an outdoor red clay court at the Pilara Tennis Club in Buenos Aires, February 7-8. The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 18-19, to compete for a spot in the 2016 World Group. This will mark the fifth matchup between the U.S. and Argentina in Fed Cup competition, where the United States holds a 3-1 record over Argentina.

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Serena and Venus Williams to lead US Fed Cup Team Against Argentina

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 28, 2015 — The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez today announced that world No. 1 and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams, former world No. 1 and world No. 18 Venus Williams, No. 30 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 35 and 2015 Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys will represent the U.S. in the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round against Argentina. The best-of-five match series will be played at the Pilara Tennis Club in Buenos Aires, Feb. 7-8. Former world junior No. 1 Taylor Townsend will also be joining the team in Argentina as a fifth member of the team and practice partner.

 

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 18-19, to compete for a spot in the 2016 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2016. The U.S. will compete in World Group II in 2015 for just the second time since the World Group format was instituted in 1995. (The U.S. also competed in the World Group II in 2012; it has competed in the World Group all other years.)

 

Argentina Fed Cup Captain Maria-Jose Gaidano named world No. 124 Paula Ormaechea, No. 198 Maria Irigoyen, No. 394 Nadia Podoroska and No. 551 Tatiana Bua to the Argentina team.

 

“We have an incredible amount of talent on this Fed Cup team, with three Australian Open quarterfinalists and four Top 40 players,” said Fernandez. “We are thrilled to be led by Serena, one of the greatest players of all time, as well as Venus, who is playing at the top of her game. I am so proud of Madison and her results in Australia and happy to have her on the team, as well as Varvara, who performs well in Fed Cup and has had a strong start to the year. I have full confidence in this team to play some great tennis in Argentina and help us get one step closer to earning our way back into the World Group next year.”

 

Matches begin on Saturday, Feb. 7, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Sunday’s schedule features two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, then the No. 2 players meet, followed by a doubles match. Play on Saturday and Sunday begins at 11 a.m. local time (9 a.m. ET). Tennis Channel will present daily coverage.

 

The United States holds a 3-1 record over Argentina in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Argentina in the 2009 World Group Quarterfinal in Surprise, Ariz., where the U.S. won, 3-2, in a fifth-and-decisive doubles rubber won by Julie Ditty and Liezel Huber. The U.S.’s only loss to Argentina came in 1993 in the World Group Quarterfinal in Germany. The two nations also faced each other in 1985 (in Japan) and in 1964 (in Philadelphia). The U.S. has never played Fed Cup in the country of Argentina; all other matches were either at home or on neutral ground. The U.S. is 8-11 in away ties since the World Group format was in instituted in 1995 and holds an overall 143-35 record.

 

World No. 1 Serena Williams, 33, holds a 10-0 singles record and 3-0 doubles record in Fed Cup competition, last playing in the 2013 Fed Cup World Group Playoff against Sweden in Delray Beach, Fla., to propel the U.S. back into the World Group last year. She also helped the U.S. capture the 1999 Fed Cup title. Williams won her 18th Grand Slam title at the 2014 US Open and captured the Olympic gold medal in singles and women’s doubles, with sister Venus, at the 2012 Games in London. With the Olympic singles win, Williams joined Steffi Graf as the only women to complete the Golden Slam—the Olympics and the four Grand Slam events—and she is the only person to accomplish the feat in both singles and doubles. Williams regained the No. 1 ranking in the world on Feb. 18, 2013, becoming the oldest woman (at age 31) to hold the top spot since the WTA computer rankings were introduced in November 1975. This was Williams’ sixth stint at No. 1 and took place nearly 11 years after she first became the No. 1-ranked tennis player in the world. Williams has won 64 WTA singles titles and has also been ranked No. 1 in doubles in her career. (She holds 21 doubles titles with sister Venus, including 13 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles.) Williams is currently in the semifinals of the Australian Open and will face Madison Keys on Thursday.

 

World No. 18 Venus Williams, 34, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2010 at this year’s Australian Open. She re-entered the Top 20 in 2013 for the first time since revealing that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, following the 2011 US Open. Venus holds a 19-4 overall record in Fed Cup competition (15-2 in singles), last playing in the 2013 Fed Cup World Group Playoff against Sweden in Delray Beach. She was also a member of the title-winning team in 1999. Venus is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and has won 46 WTA singles titles. She has been ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles. In Olympic play, she has won three gold medals in doubles (with Serena) in 2000, 2008 and 2012, and she captured the singles gold medal in 2000. Venus reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open—her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2010.

 

Lepchenko, 28, is currently ranked No. 30 in the world. She made her Fed Cup debut in the 2013 World Group First Round in Rimini, Italy, where she posted singles victories over then-world No. 8 Sara Errani and then-world No. 16 Roberta Vinci. Lepchenko was also named to the U.S. Fed Cup team for the 2013 World Group Playoff against Sweden in Delray Beach. She peaked at a career-high No. 19 in October 2012 and reached the fourth round of the 2012 French Open—her best result at a Grand Slam event—which qualified her for the U.S. Olympic team. In 2014, she reached her first WTA final in Seoul, upsetting top seed Agnieszka Radwanska. This year, Lepchenko reached the semifinals of the Australian Open tune-up event in Brisbane and the third round of the Australian Open. A native of Uzbekistan, Lepchenko has been living in the U.S. since 2001 after receiving political asylum, and she officially changed her nationality in 2007 to play for the U.S. She became an official U.S. citizen in Sept. 2011.

 

World No. 35 Keys, 19, is named to her third consecutive Fed Cup team after making her debut for the U.S. Fed Cup team last year, competing in the World Group First Round in Cleveland against Italy. (She also played in the World Group Playoff in St. Louis against France.) So far in her career, Keys has gone 1-2 in singles and 1-1 in doubles in Fed Cup. Keys advanced to her first career Grand Slam semifinal at this year’s Australian Open, where she upset No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova and No. 18 seed Venus Williams. Keys peaked at No. 27 in the world last July after winning her first WTA title at the grass-court event in Eastbourne, Great Britain. Also in 2014, she reached the semifinals of the WTA Australian Open tune-up event in Sydney and the French Open tune-up event in Strasbourg. In 2011, shebecame the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open since Nicole Vaidisova in 2005. And in 2009, she became the youngest player (14 years, 48 days) since Martina Hingis in 1994 to win a WTA match. Keys is coached by former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and her husband, Jon Leach.

 

The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations taking part in 2015. For

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Nominations announced for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties

Nominations announced for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II ties

 

The ITF has announced the official team nominations 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 in the week commencing 2 February: 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.

 

Live scoring for the World Group and World Group II ties will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the weekend of 7-8 February and both the English and Spanish websites will feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews, podcasts and live streaming. A live blog and full coverage of the Zone Group events will run 4-7 February. There will also be a fan zone showing the best social media content at www.fedcup.com/showyourcolours.

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 96 nations taking part in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es and at www.fedcup.tv as well as on social media at www.twitter.com/fedcup, www.facebook.com/FedCup  and www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial.

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

CANADA v CZECH REPUBLIC

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

 

Canada

Sharon Fichman

Gabriela Dabrowski

Francoise Abanda

Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

 

Czech Republic

Karolina Pliskova

Tereza Smitkova

Denisa Allertova

Lucie Hradecka

Captain: Petr Pala

 

ITALY v FRANCE

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

 

Italy

Sara Errani

Camila Giorgi

Roberta Vinci

Karin Knapp

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

 

France

Alize Cornet

Caroline Garcia

Kristina Mladenovic

Pauline Parmentier

Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

 

POLAND v RUSSIA

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

 

Poland

Agnieszka Radwanska

Urszula Radwanska

Alicja Rosolska

Klaudia Jans-Ignacik

Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski

 

Russia

Maria Sharapova

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Vitalia Diatchenko

Captain: Anastasia Myskina

 

GERMANY v AUSTRALIA

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

 

Germany

Angelique Kerber

Andrea Petkovic

Sabine Lisicki

Julia Goerges

Captain: Barbara Rittner

 

Australia

Samantha Stosur

Casey Dellacqua

Jarmila Gajdosova

Olivia Rogowska

Captain: Alicia Molik

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

NETHERLANDS v SLOVAKIA

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

 

Netherlands

Kiki Bertens

Richel Hogenkamp

Arantxa Rus

Michaella Krajicek

Captain: Paul Haarhuis

 

Slovakia

Dominika Cibulkova

Magdalena Rybarikova

Anna Schmiedlova

Kristina Kucova

Captain: Matej Liptak

 

ROMANIA v SPAIN

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

 

Romania

Simona Halep

Irina-Camelia Begu

Monica Niculescu

Alexandra Dulgheru

Captain: Alina Cercel-Tecsor

 

Spain

Garbine Muguruza

Silvia Soler-Espinosa

Lara Arruabarrena

Anabel Medina Garrigues

Captain: Conchita Martinez

 

SWEDEN v SWITZERLAND

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

 

Sweden

Johanna Larsson

Rebecca Peterson

Susanne Celik

Sofia Arvidsson

Captain: Lars-Anders Wahlgren

 

Switzerland

Belinda Bencic

Timea Bacsinszky

Viktorija Golubic

Xenia Knoll

Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

 

ARGENTINA v USA

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

 

Argentina

Paula Ormaechea

Maria Irigoyen

Nadia Podoroska

Tatian Bua

Captain: Maria-Jose Gaidano

 

USA

Serena Williams

Venus Williams

Taylor Townsend

Madison Keys

Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

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Maria Sharapova to Face Eugenie Bouchard in Australian Open Quarterfinals

 

(January 25, 2015) Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard will face off for a place in the Australian Open semifinals after reaching the quarterfinals in Melbourne on Sunday.

No. 2 seed Sharapova won the last 8 games of the match in her 6-3, 6-0 dismissal of No. 21 seed Peng Shuai in the fourth round.

Seventh seed Bouchard won nine of the first 10 games against No. 42 Irina-Camelia Begu, but was pushed to win her first three-setter of the tournament in her 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win.

On the road to the round of 16, the Romanian Begu defeated No. 9-seeded Angelique Kerber in the first round.

Bouchard, advanced to semifinals or better at the first three major tournament in 2014, took a break after the second set.

“I gave myself a good, long hard look in the mirror,” Bouchard said post-match in regard to going off court. “I said, `Genie, this is unacceptable.’ I really kind of kicked myself in the butt a little bit.”

The Canadian spoke about how the match switched momentum to her opponent in the second set. “It’s disappointing for me because I want to play so well and I want to be perfect. That’s not possible. It happens. Yeah, I think I started being a bit less aggressive, a bit too passive, and you know, that’s not my game at all. I don’t do well when that happens. She could string together a few good points here and there, hit some good shots and serves and got some confidence in the second set. You know, that helped her. So definitely disappointing. But I learned a lot from it and I’ll try to make sure it doesn’t happen next time. I’m happy that I could regroup and, yeah, play a bit better tennis in the third. I want to build on that for the next match”

“Clearly I need more practice!” she said.

The 20-year-old Bouchard will play Sharapova next. The Russian has a 3-0 career record against Bouchard. Sharapova fell in the fourth round at Melbourne Park last year, while Bouchard reached the semifinals in her Australian Open debut.

Sharapova said, “Last year I lost in the fourth round here, getting to the quarters is really special.”

Asked about what she expects in her match with Bouchard, Sharapova responded: “She’s been playing really well in this tournament and also in the slams the last year. Really confident tennis and inspired form. I expect her to come out and play a really good match. I think we only played each other one time last year, which was at the French. That was a really tough match for me. I had to come back from being down one set to Love. Yeah, I’m sure she’ll come out and play extremely well.”

“She’s a pretty aggressive player. She stays really close to the line, she likes to dictate the points. Yeah, I feel that’s where she’s hurt a lot of players and been really successful.

 

“I would definitely look forward to that match,” Bouchard said. “I think it’s always great to play the best players in the world. We’ve had a couple matches, and a good match last year. You know, I think I was close. It was just a tough battle. But I think I’ve progressed a lot since then, and, you know, I definitely want to keep playing my game no matter what. Really kind of take it to her, go for my shots. That’s what I want to do on the court. And it’s more fun when I play that way, too. I had more fun in the third set today. So I want to try to do that.”

Sharapova was asked about Bouchard being compared to her. “I think we all want to go through our own paths and we all want to — when I was coming up, I was compared to Kournikova for many years in my career and still occasionally name always comes up in interviews and articles. That’s just part of it, part of the game, part of the business. It’s understandable. It is what it is. As I have said, I believe I was still a teenager, I don’t want to be the next anyone. I want to be the first Maria Sharapova. And that’s how I’ve been throughout my whole career. And we all want to create our own path and go through our own career. And we’re all destined for some sort of thing. We work extremely hard at a sport, and that’s what we want to be known for.”

Asked about if she sees Bouchard in her, Sharapova responded:

“I personally don’t know Genie very well. As a tennis player she’s a big competitor. She’s an aggressive player as well that likes to take the ball early and dictate points. From that perspective, yeah, definitely.”

 

In another fourth round match, No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia won 6-3, 6-2 over Germany’s Julia Goerges to reach the elite eight, where she’ll face off against No. 3 Simona Halep.

Halep is in the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second straight year with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Yanina Wickmayer.

For Makarova it’s her third trip to the Australian Open quarterfinals.

“A lot of confidence I have now because I didn’t lose a set,” Halep said. “I had good matches here in first week, so I’m really happy that I’m in second week now like last year. Here I started to play my best tennis in Grand Slams. So means a lot for me. I really have more confidence now to play the quarterfinals.”

“I’m so happy, yeah, that I’m showing my good tennis here and already in the quarter; third time here in Australian Open,” said the Russian. So I’m so happy that I beat today Julia. She’s tough opponent. She’s in great shape. She played great her matches. So I’m happy that I came through.”

 

Makarova upset Serena Williams at the Australian Open in 2012.

On playing Halep next, Makarova said: “Well, we played once in New Haven I think not the last year, the year before. I lost 6-1, 7-6, something like that. She’s one of the greatest player now, and I’m really looking forward. If she wins today, depends, yeah. I will want to forward and forward step by step.”

Halep on matching up against Makarova: “I know her. I play a few times against her. She serves pretty well; she’s moving well; she’s playing aggressive. I have my chance. I believe in my chance next round. So I have to make my game again to be aggressive and to serve well like today.”

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2015 Australian Open Men’s Contender Profiles

(January 17, 2015) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2015 Australian Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

2014 Record: 61-8

Grand Slam Record: 180-33

Australian Open Record: 43-6

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2008, ’11-’13)

Fast Fact: If Djokovic wins the title, he will be tied for 5th for Grand Slam titles won (8) with Agassi, Connors, and Lendl, and will have the most Australian Open titles (5) in the Open era.

 

Roger Federer

2014 Record: 73-12

Grand Slam Record: 279-45

Australian Open Record: 73-11

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2004, ’06, ’07, ’10)

Fast Fact: Over the last five years, the Australian Open has been Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event, with 26 match wins (French – 22 wins, Wimbledon – 22 wins, US – 21 wins).

 

Rafael Nadal

2014 Record: 48-11

Grand Slam Record: 187-25

Australian Open Record: 41-8

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2009)

Fast Fact: Over the last seven months, Nadal has lost as many matches (3) against players ranked outside the top 100 as he had over the prior seven years.

 

Stan Wawrinka

2014 Record: 39-17

Grand Slam Record: 82-38

Australian Open Record: 23-8

Australian Open Best Result: W (2014)

Fast Fact: In 2014, Wawrinka won 73% of his matches vs. Top Ten players (8-3); in prior years he won only 29% vs. Top Ten (27-67).

 

Kei Nishikori

2014 Record: 54-14

Grand Slam Record: 37-21

Australian Open Record: 12-5

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: In 2014, Nishikori won $4.4M in prize money, more than he had earned in his entire career prior to 2014 ($3.6M in 2007-2013).

 

Andy Murray

2014 Record: 59-20

Grand Slam Record: 134-33

Australian Open Record: 33-9

Australian Open Best Result: RU (2010, ’11, ’13)

Fast Fact: Murray has reached at least the QF in his last 15 Grand Slam events played, a streak dating back to 2010 US Open (lost 3R to Wawrinka).

 

Tomas Berdych

2014 Record: 55-22

Grand Slam Record: 103-45

Australian Open Record: 29-11

Australian Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Berdych has played 15 five set matches at Grand Slam events, but only one at the Australian Open (2009, lost 4R to Federer).

 

Milos Raonic

2014 Record: 49-20

Grand Slam Record: 35-16

Australian Open Record: 10-4

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2011, ’13)

Fast Fact: Raonic has only one Top Ten win at a Grand Slam, defeating No. 10 Youzhny in the 3R of the 2011 Australian Open.

 

David Ferrer

2014 Record: 54-24

Grand Slam Record: 121-48

Australian Open Record: 32-12

Australian Open Best Result: SF (2011, ’13)

Fast Fact: Ferrer’s win over Berdych in Doha last week was his first win vs. a Top Ten player since May, 2014 (def. Isner, Madrid 3R).

 

Grigor Dimitrov

2014 Record: 50-18

Grand Slam Record: 20-17

Australian Open Record: 6-4

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Dimitrov is the only player born after 1990 to have reached the Top Ten in the ATP rankings.

 

Ernests Gulbis

2014 Record: 41-21

Grand Slam Record: 27-29

Australian Open Record: 2-6

Australian Open Best Result: 2R (2009, ’14)

Fast Fact: Gulbis has lost in the first or second round in 22 of the last 24 Grand Slam events he has played.

 

Feliciano Lopez

2014 Record: 39-26

Grand Slam Record: 73-52

Australian Open Record: 17-12

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2012)

Fast Fact: In his 17th year as a professional, Lopez had his most successful year in 2014, winning 39 matches.

 

Gael Monfils

2014 Record: 36-15

Grand Slam Record: 67-32

Australian Open Record: 16-9

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2009)

Fast Fact: Monfils is the only seeded man at the 2014 Australian Open to win the Boys Singles title (2004).

 

John Isner

2014 Record: 39-20

Grand Slam Record: 37-26

Australian Open Record: 7-6

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2010)

Fast Fact: Of Isner’s 18 career final appearances, 15 have been in U.S. events.

 

 

 

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2015 Australian Open Women’s Contender Profiles

(January 17, 2015) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for the 2015 Australian Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

2014 Record: 52-8

Grand Slam Record: 259-39

Australian Open Record: 61-9

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2003, ’05, ’07. ’09, ‘10)

Fast Fact: At the Australian Open, Serena has only lost twice to a Top Ten player (2001 to Hingis, 2008 to Jankovic).

 

Maria Sharapova

2014 Record: 49-13

Grand Slam Record: 165-40

Australian Open Record: 42-10

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2008)

Fast Fact: With her win last week in Brisbane, Sharapova has won a title in each of the last 13 years, placing her 4th in the Open Era behind Navratilova (21), Evert (18), and Graf (14).

 

Simona Halep

2014 Record: 46-16

Grand Slam Record: 27-18

Australian Open Record: 6-4

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Halep celebrated 50 consecutive weeks in the Top Ten, and will mark her one year anniversary during the Australian Open (reached No. 10 on Jan 27, 2014).

 

Petra Kvitova

2014 Record: 43-16

Grand Slam Record: 64-24

Australian Open Record: 11-6

Australian Open Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: Kvitova will play her 500th career match in the first round of the Australian Open.

 

Ana Ivanovic

2014 Record: 58-17

Grand Slam Record: 97-39

Australian Open Record: 24-10

Australian Open Best Result: RU (2008)

Fast Fact: Despite having her best season since 2008, Ivanovic lost to lower-ranked players at all of the Grand Slams in 2014.

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

2014 Record: 47-22

Grand Slam Record: 90-34

Australian Open Record: 24-8

Australian Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Since beating Venus Williams to win 2014 Canadian Open (Montreal), Radwanska has a losing record, 8-9.

 

Eugenie Bouchard

2014 Record: 43-22

Grand Slam Record: 23-7

Australian Open Record: 5-1

Australian Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Bouchard won more Grand Slam matches in 2014 than any other woman (19).

 

Caroline Wozniacki

2014 Record: 49-19

Grand Slam Record: 79-31

Australian Open Record: 22-7

Australian Open Best Result: SF (2011)

Fast Fact: Wozniacki has a 7-0 record in opening round matches at the Australian Open, the only Grand Slam event that she has not lost in the first round.

 

Angelique Kerber

2014 Record: 47-24

Grand Slam Record: 48-28

Australian Open Record: 11-7

Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2013, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Kerber has a 1-7 record against Top 50 players at the Australian Open.

 

Ekaterina Makarova

2014 Record: 41-21

Grand Slam Record: 48-29

Australian Open Record: 18-7

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2012, ‘13)

Fast Fact: In her last four Australian Open appearances, Makarova has defeated four Grand Slam champions (Ivanovic, S. Williams, Bartoli, V. Williams).

 

Dominika Cibulkova

2014 Record: 32-24

Grand Slam Record: 53-29

Australian Open Record: 13-7

Australian Open Best Result: RU (2014)

Fast Fact: Cibulkova has won only six matches since Wimbledon, as many matches as she won en route to the Australian Open final in 2014.

 

Flavia Pennetta

2014 Record: 33-20

Grand Slam Record: 69-45

Australian Open Record: 13-11

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Pennetta had a losing record at the Australian Open until reaching the QF in 2014.

 

Andrea Petkovic

2014 Record: 41-23

Grand Slam Record: 31-20

Australian Open Record: 6-5

Australian Open Best Result: QF (2011)

Fast Fact: Petkovic hasn’t won a match at the Australian Open since 2011 (def. Sharapova 4R).

 

Venus Williams

2014 Record: 32-14

Grand Slam Record: 221-57

Australian Open Record: 41-14

Australian Open Best Result: RU (2003)

Fast Fact: With her 2014 Australian Open appearance, Venus moves into 3rd place in the Open Era with 65 Slam appearances, trailing only Frazier (71) and Navratilova (67).

 

Victoria Azarenka

2014 Record: 15-9

Grand Slam Record: 101-32

Australian Open Record: 32-7

Australian Open Best Result: Won (2012, ’13)

Fast Fact: Azarenka enters a Grand Slam event unseeded for the first time since 2007 U.S. Open, after 27 Slams where she was seeded.

 

 

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