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Final Results 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II Play-offs

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(April 22, 2013) Final results from the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs taking place on 20-21 April.

Italy will host Russia in the Fed Cup Final on 2-3 November. Russia defeated Slovak Republic 3-2 in Moscow and Italy defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in Palermo in a tie that finished on Monday.

Australia, Germany, Spain and USA have won their World Group play-off ties and will join Czech Republic, Italy, Russia and Slovak Republic in the 2014 World Group.

Winners of the World Group II play-offs Argentina, Canada, France and Poland will contest World Group II in 2014. The losing nations from the World Group play-offs, Japan, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland will also compete in World Group II.

The Europe/Africa Zone Group II event finished in Ulcinj, Montenegro on Saturday, with Latvia and Tunisia winning promotion to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I, and Estonia and Greece suffering relegation to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group III.

The Draw for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the 2013 ITF AGM in Paris on Wednesday 10 July.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

ITALY defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 62

Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 61

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 26 62 60

Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 67(2) 63

Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) – not played

RUSSIA defeated SLOVAK REPUBLIC 3-2

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 57 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 46 64
Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Dominika Cibulkova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 46 63 61

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

GERMANY defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(5) 26 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 62
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 75 75
Mona Barthel (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 36 63

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 62 64

AUSTRALIA defeated SWITZERLAND 3-1

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 60 64
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 62 63

Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 75 63

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 64

Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS) – not played

SPAIN defeated JAPAN 4-0

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 64
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 75

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN) – not played

Lourdes Dominguez Lino/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Misaki Doi (JPN) 64 75

USA defeated SWEDEN 3-1

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 64 46 61

Serena Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 62

Serena Williams (USA) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 62 61

Venus Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 75
Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v Hilda Melander/Sandra Roma (SWE) – not played

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

POLAND defeated BELGIUM 4-1

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 64

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 63

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 46 61 62

Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 61 64

Katarzyna Piter/Alicja Rosolska (POL) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 63 46 107

FRANCE defeated KAZAKHSTAN 4-1

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 60 63

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 26 63 62
Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 63

Alize Cornet (FRA) d. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 63 61

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sesil Karatantcheva/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 75

ARGENTINA defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-1

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 63 62
Laura Robson (GBR) d. Florencia Molinero (ARG) 61 61

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Laura Robson (GBR) 64 46 62

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 75 36 61

Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Anne Keothavong/Johanna Konta (GBR) – not played

CANADA defeated UKRAINE 3-2

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 67(8) 63 62
Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 76(5) 26 63
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 64 75

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 64 76(4)

Eugenie Bouchard/Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Elina Svitolina/Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 64 63

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II, ULCINJ, MONTENEGRO, 17-20 APRIL

Promoted: Latvia and Tunisia

Relegated: Estonia and Greece

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Fed Cup Results for April 21, 2013

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(April 21, 2013) The latest results from the Fed Cup  World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs taking place on 20-21 April.

Russia is through to the Final after defeating Slovak Republic 3-2 in Moscow. The Russians will play the winner of the Italy v Czech Republic tie, which finished at 2-1 after bad light stopped play on Sunday. Play will resume in Palermo on Monday.

The winner of the Italy v Czech Republic semifinal will host the final on 2-3 November.

Germany, Spain and USA have won their World Group play-off ties and will join Czech Republic, Italy, Russia and Slovak Republic in the 2014 World Group.

The other World Group play-off between Switzerland and Australia is yet to start after rain stopped play on both Saturday and Sunday. Play is scheduled to commence on Monday in Chiasso.

Winners of the World Group II play-offs Argentina, Canada, France and Poland will contest World Group II in 2014. The losing nations from the World Group play-offs, Japan, Serbia and Sweden will also compete in World Group II.

The Europe/Africa Zone Group II event finished in Ulcinj, Montenegro on Saturday, with Latvia and Tunisia winning promotion to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I, and Estonia and Greece suffering relegation to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group III.

The Draw for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the 2013 ITF AGM in Paris on Wednesday 10 July.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

ITALY leads CZECH REPUBLIC 2-1

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 62

Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 61

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 26 62 60

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

RUSSIA defeated SLOVAK REPUBLIC 3-2

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 57 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 46 64
Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Dominika Cibulkova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 46 63 61

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

GERMANY defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(5) 26 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 62
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 75 75
Mona Barthel (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 36 63

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 62 64

SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA no play due to rain (tie to resume at 08:00 GMT on Monday)

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

SPAIN defeated JAPAN 4-0

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 64
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 75

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN) – not played

Lourdes Dominguez Lino/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Misaki Doi (JPN) 64 75

USA defeated SWEDEN 3-1

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 64 46 61

Serena Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 62

Serena Williams (USA) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 62 61

Venus Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 75
Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

POLAND defeated BELGIUM 4-1

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 64

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 63

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 46 61 62

Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 61 64

Katarzyna Piter/Alicja Rosolska (POL) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 63 46 107

FRANCE defeated KAZAKHSTAN 4-1

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 60 63

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 26 63 62
Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 63

Alize Cornet (FRA) d. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 63 61

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sesil Karatantcheva/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 75

ARGENTINA defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-1

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 63 62
Laura Robson (GBR) d. Florencia Molinero (ARG) 61 61

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Laura Robson (GBR) 64 46 62

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 75 36 61

Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Anne Keothavong/Johanna Konta (GBR) – not played

CANADA defeated UKRAINE 3-2

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 67(8) 63 62
Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 76(5) 26 63
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 64 75

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 64 76(4)

Eugenie Bouchard/Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Elina Svitolina/Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 64 63

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II, ULCINJ, MONTENEGRO, 17-20 APRIL

Promoted: Latvia and Tunisia

Relegated: Estonia and Greece

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Ivanovic Surprises Germany In World Group Playoff

Ana Ivanovic

By Tumaini Carayol

(April 21, 2013) STUTTGART – There were few surprises on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff tie between Germany and Serbia. As expected, Ana Ivanovic maneuvered past Mona Barthel in a tight three-set contest that showcased the young German’s knack for producing both the spectacular and the gruesome in equal measure. Similarly predicable was a tough but straightforward victory for Germany’s own number one, as Angelique Kerber outran Bojana Jovanovski to balance the tie precariously at 1-1.

 

As the two number ones took to court on Sunday, first indications pointed to a yet another predictable result as Kerber raced to a 3-0 lead over the former French Open champion. Ivanovic arrived attempting to play her well-known attacking tennis, but struggled to find a sizable chink in the German’s defense Before long, the Serb faced the indignity of possibly falling to a 0-4 deficit and yet another tame loss to a top player appeared likelier with every stroke.

 

A myriad of loopy backhands, a handful slices and a few dropshots later, the first surprise of the weekend arose. Ivanovic suddenly moved further behind the baseline and, seemingly on a whim, decided that the world number five was deserving of none of the pace the Serb had been feeding her with. It’s no secret that – as Sara Errani can proudly attest to – Kerber detests “junk” and struggles when forced to create her own pace. The scoreline also agreed. From 3-0 and break point, Kerber suddenly found herself down 3-4 as Ivanovic flipped the match on its head, opening up a box of tricks that had steadily collected dust since that glorious spring in 2008.

 

From 4-3, a shift occurred, confidence appeared to well up inside of Ivanovic as the aggressive play returned. Though she continued to struggle on her return of serve, Ivanovic attempted to wash away her opponent by returning to the familiar feeling of dominating with her forehand. The times she found herself down break point, she responded by aggressively playing her way out of danger or else attacking before throwing in a well-timed slice to throw her opponent off. Kerber hung on, but the rapidly rising wave of inevitability eventually crashed down. Ivanovic broke in the twelfth game to take the set 7-5, fittingly ending with Kerber struggling to time yet another pace-changer from Ivanovic’s racket and directing a forehand into the tramlines.

 

The second set followed a similar pattern as the pair exchanged service holds during the early stages. Once again, Ivanovic broke at an important moment – the ever-pivotal eighth game – and appeared well on her way to capturing the match up 7-5, 5-3. After scraping back triple break point down, she finally found herself up match point. A big first serve followed, and all that stood between Ivanovic and her first claycourt top five victory was an short backhand. Two seconds later, the backhand was dumped into the middle of the net and ten minutes later the scores were tied at 5-5.

 

The predictable response from Ivanovic after failing so spectacularly on match point would have been a total collapse as Kerber finally burst to life with a slew of her own trademark passing shots. However, in her own words, Ivanovic remained calm and coolly held serve for 6-5. More match points passed by but this time she refused to be affected as she gleefully sank to her knees after eventually closing out a masterclass in playing reactionary tennis and adjusting her gameplan mid-match. Now that – that was a surprise.

Tumaini Carayol is in Suttgart covering the Fed Cup World Group Playoff for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault.

 

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Fed Cup Results for April 20, 2013

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(April 20, 2013) The latest results from the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs taking place on 20-21 April.

 

The Europe/Africa Zone Group II event finished in Ulcinj, Montenegro on Saturday, with Latvia and Tunisia winning promotion to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group I, and Estonia and Greece suffering relegation to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group III.

 

The winner of the Italy v Czech Republic semifinal will host the final on 2-3 November. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2014 World Group, while the four losers will contest the 2014 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2014 World Group II, while the four losers will contest their respective Zone Group I event in 2014.

 

The Draw for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the 2013 ITF AGM in Paris on Wednesday 10 July.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

ITALY leads CZECH REPUBLIC 2-0

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

 

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 62

Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 61

Sara Errani (ITA) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC leads RUSSIA 2-0

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 57 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Ekaterina Makarova/ Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Jana Cepelova/ Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY level with SERBIA 1-1

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

 

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(5) 26 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Mona Barthel (GER) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

 

SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA no play due to rain (tie to resume at 07:30 GMT on Sunday)

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

SPAIN leads JAPAN 2-0

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

 

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 64
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Lourdes Dominguez Lino/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN)

 

USA level with SWEDEN 1-1

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

 

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 64 46 61

Serena Williams (USA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 62

Serena Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM level with POLAND 1-1

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 64

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 63

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) v Alicja Rosolska/ Katarzyna Piter (POL)

 

FRANCE level with KAZAKHSTAN 1-1

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

 

Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 60 63

Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 26 63 62
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Alize Cornet (FRA) v Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Alize Cornet/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

ARGENTINA level with GREAT BRITAIN 1-1

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

 

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Johanna Konta (GBR) 63 62
Laura Robson (GBR) d. Florencia Molinero (ARG) 61 61

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Laura Robson (GBR)

Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Johanna Konta (GBR)

Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Anne Keothavong/Laura Robson (GBR)

 

UKRAINE level with CANADA 1-1

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

 

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 67(8) 63 62
Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 76(5) 26 63
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)

Yuliya Beygelzimer/Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) v Gabriela Dabrowski/ Sharon Fichman (CAN)

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II, ULCINJ, MONTENEGRO, 17-20 APRIL

 

Promoted: Latvia and Tunisia

Relegated: Estonia and Greece

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Fed Cup Draws for World Group Semifinals, World Group Play-offs

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(April 19, 2013) The ITF has announced the draws for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs taking place on 20-21 April.

The winner of the Italy v Czech Republic semifinal will host the final on 2-3 November. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2014 World Group, while the four losers will contest the 2014 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2014 World Group II, while the four losers will contest their respective Zone Group I event in 2014.

 

The Draw for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held during the 2013 ITF AGM in Paris on Wednesday 10 July.

 

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

ITALY v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

 

Sara Errani (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Sara Errani (ITA) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

 

RUSSIA v SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Ekaterina Makarova/ Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Jana Cepelova/ Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

GERMANY v SERBIA

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

 

Mona Barthel (GER) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
Angelique Kerber (GER) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Mona Barthel (GER) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)

 

SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

 

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

SPAIN v JAPAN

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

 

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Lourdes Dominguez Lino/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN)

 

USA v SWEDEN

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

 

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Serena Williams (USA) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)

Serena Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Varvara Lepchenko/Venus Williams (USA) v Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM v POLAND

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) v Alicja Rosolska/ Katarzyna Piter (POL)

 

FRANCE v KAZAKHSTAN

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

 

Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Alize Cornet (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

Alize Cornet (FRA) v Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Alize Cornet/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Yaroslava Shvedova/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

 

ARGENTINA v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

 

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Johanna Konta (GBR)
Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Laura Robson (GBR)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Laura Robson (GBR)

Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Johanna Konta (GBR)

Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Anne Keothavong/Laura Robson (GBR)

 

UKRAINE v CANADA

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

 

Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Sharon Fichman (CAN)

Yuliya Beygelzimer/Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) v Gabriela Dabrowski/ Sharon Fichman (CAN)

 

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II

 

Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro and Tunisia have advanced to the promotional play-offs in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II event in Ulcinj, Montenegro, taking place on 17-20 April. Group A winners Tunisia will play Group B runners up Lithuania and Group B winners Montenegro will play Group A runners up Latvia on Saturday, with the winners promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2014.

 

Finland, Greece, Estonia and South Africa will contest the relegation play-off. Finland, who finished third in Group B, will face Greece, who propped up Group A, while Estonia, who finished bottom of Group B will play South Africa, third-placed finishers in Group A. The two losing nations will be relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group III in 2014.

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Fed Cup Announces Team Nominations for World Group Semifinals, World Group Play-offs and World Group II Play-offs

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(April 10, 2013) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Fed Cup by World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs, taking place on 20-21 April. In addition, the Zone Group II Europe/Africa event is taking place from 17-20 April in Ulcinj, Montenegro.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

ITALY v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Italy

Sara Errani

Roberta Vinci

Francesca Schiavone

Flavia Pennetta

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Czech Republic

Petra Kvitova

Klara Zakopalova

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Hradecka

Captain: Petr Pala

RUSSIA v SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Venue: Sports Center Krylatskoye, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoors)

Russia

Maria Kirilenko

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Ekaterina Makarova

Elena Vesnina

Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

Slovak Republic

Dominika Cibulkova

Magdalena Rybarikova

Daniela Hantuchova

Jana Cepelova

Captain: Matej Liptak

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

GERMANY v SERBIA

Venue: Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GER (clay – indoors)

Germany

Angelique Kerber

Mona Barthel

Julia Goerges

Sabine Lisicki

Captain: Barbara Rittner

Serbia

Ana Ivanovic

Bojana Jovanovski

Vesna Dolonc

Aleksandra Krunic

Captain: Dejan Vranes

SWITZERLAND v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Tennis Club Chiasso, Chiasso-Seseglio, SUI (clay – outdoors)

Switzerland

Romina Oprandi

Stefanie Voegele

Timea Bacsinszky

Amra Sadikovic

Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

Australia

Samantha Stosur

Casey Dellacqua

Ashleigh Barty

Jarmila Gajdosova

Captain: Alicia Molik

SPAIN v JAPAN

Venue: Real Club de Polo, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Spain

Carla Suarez Navarro

Lourdes Dominguez Lino

Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Lara Arruabarrena

Captain: Conchita Martinez

Japan

Ayumi Morita

Misaki Doi

Kurumi Nara

Shuko Aoyama

Captain: Takeshi Murakami

USA v SWEDEN

Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA (hard – outdoors)

USA

Serena Williams

Sloane Stephens

Venus Williams

Varvara Lepchenko

Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

Sweden

Sofia Arvidsson

Johanna Larsson

Hilda Melander

Sandra Roma

Captain: Lars-Anders Wahlgren

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

BELGIUM v POLAND

Venue: Tennisclub Koksijde, Koksijde, BEL (hard – indoors)

Belgium

Kirsten Flipkens

Alison Van Uytvanck

An-Sophie Mestach

Ysaline Bonaventure

Captain: Ann Devries

Poland

Agnieszka Radwanska

Urszula Radwanska

Katarzyna Piter

Alicja Rosolska

Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski

FRANCE v KAZAKHSTAN

Venue: Palais des Sports de Besancon, Besancon, FRA (hard – indoors)

France

Marion Bartoli

Alize Cornet

Kristina Mladenovic

Caroline Garcia

Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

Kazakhstan

Yaroslava Shvedova

Ksenia Pervak

Galina Voskoboeva

Sesil Karatantcheva
Captain: Dias Doskarayev

ARGENTINA v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Argentina

Paula Ormaechea

Maria Irigoyen

Florencia Molinero

Mailen Auroux

Captain: Bettina Fulco

Great Britain

Laura Robson

Johanna Konta

Anne Keothavong

Elena Baltacha

Captain: Judy Murray

UKRAINE v CANADA

Venue: Sport Club Meridian, Kiev, UKR (clay – indoors)

Ukraine

Lesia Tsurenko

Elina Svitolina

Yuliya Beygelzimer

Kateryna Kozlova

Captain: Igor Dernovskyi

Canada

Eugenie Bouchard

Sharon Fichman

Stephanie Dubois

Gabriela Dabrowski

Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II TEAM NOMINATIONS

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-ii/europe-africa/2013.aspx

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Draws Announced for Fed Cup Play-Offs

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(February 13, 2013) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs on 20-21 April:

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

Germany (c) (*) v Serbia (s)

Australia (s) (c) v Switzerland

Spain (c) (*) v Japan (s)

USA (s) (c) (*) v Sweden

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

Belgium (s) (c) v Poland

France (s) (c) (*) v Kazakhstan

Argentina (c) (*) v Great Britain (s)

Ukraine (s) (c) (*) v Canada

 

(s) = seed

(c) = choice of ground

(*) = choice of ground decided by lot

 

 

The 2013 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 20-21 April. In the semifinals, Italy will be at home to Czech Republic, and Russia will be at home to Slovak Republic.

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Seeds Announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II Play-off Draw

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(February 11, 2013) The ITF has announced the seeds for the Draw for the 2013 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II play-offs. The Draw will take place on Wednesday 13 February at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 GMT.

 

The seeds are based on the new ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 11 February: www.fedcup.com/en/rankings

 

The four seeded nations in the World Group play-offs are:

 

Serbia (1)

USA (2)

Australia (3)

Japan (4)

 

Each of the seeds will be drawn against one of the following unseeded nations:

 

Germany

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

 

The four seeded nations in the World Group II play-offs are:

 

Belgium (1)

Ukraine (2)

France (3)

Great Britain (4)

 

Each of the seeds will be drawn against one of the following unseeded nations:

 

Argentina

Canada

Kazakhstan

Poland

 

 

 

The 2013 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 20-21 April. In the semifinals, Russia will be at home to Slovak Republic, and Italy will be at home to Czech Republic.

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Complete Fed Cup Results

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(February 10, 2013) Complete results from the Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties and final results from Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Israel.

Defending champions Czech Republic will play Italy away and Russia will host Slovak Republic in the semifinals to be played on 20-21 April. World Group II winners Germany, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland will compete in the World Group play-offs alongside Australia, Japan, Serbia and USA. Argentina, Belgium, France and Ukraine will join Zone Group I winners Canada, Great Britain, Kazakhstan and Poland in the World Group II play-offs which will also take place on 20-21 April.

In Zonal play, Chile and Peru have been relegated to Americas Zone Group II for 2014, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Georgia have been relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II for 2014 and India relegated to Asia/Oceania Zone Group II for 2014. Indonesia has been promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group I for 2014.

The World Group and World Group II play-off draws will take place at the ITF headquarters in London at 10am on 13 February. Seeded nations will be announced on 11 February 2013.

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRALIA 4-0
Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 76(2) 63
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 76(6) 76(4)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 26 76(3) 64
Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 60 76(1)

ITALY defeated USA 3-2
Venue: 105 Stadium, Rimini, ITA (clay – indoors)

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Jamie Hampton (USA) 62 61
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 64 75
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 75 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Jamie Hampton (USA) 62 46 61
Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Liezel Huber/Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 62 62

RUSSIA defeated JAPAN 3-2
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoors)

Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 76(3) 64
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 62
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 61 61
Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Misaki Doi/Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 62

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated SERBIA 3-2
Venue: Hala “CAIR”, Nis, SRB (hard – indoors)

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 62
Vesna Dolonc (SRB) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 46 45 ret. (severe cramping)
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 57 75 119
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 63 62
Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Jana Cepelova/Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) w/o

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

SWITZERLAND defeated BELGIUM 4-1
Venue: Sporthalle Wankdorf, Bern, SUI (clay – indoors)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 61 46 86
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 63 63
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 62 62
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 76(4)
Timea Bacsinszky/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/Alison van Uytvanck (BEL) 64 64

SWEDEN defeated ARGENTINA 3-2
Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 60
Florencia Molinero (ARG) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 26 61
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 75 67(6) 32 ret. (torn ligament)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Florencia Molinero (ARG) 63 62
Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Mailen Auroux/Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 64 64

SPAIN defeated UKRAINE 3-1
Venue: Club Atlético Montemar, Alicante, ESP (clay – outdoors)

Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 57 62 86
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 75 64
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) d. Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) 64 62
Yuliya Beygelzimer/Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Nuria Llagostera Vives/Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 63 26 [10-5]

GERMANY defeated FRANCE 3-1
Venue: Palais des Sports Beaublanc, Limoges, FRA (clay – indoors)

Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 75 75
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 63 76(5)
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 62
Alize Cornet/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Annika Beck/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 63 64

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Municipal Tennis Club, Eilat, Israel (hard – outdoor)

Great Britain and Poland advance to the World Group play-offs on 20-21 April.
Bosnia/Herzegovina and Georgia are relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2014

Promotion Play-off
Great Britain defeated Bulgaria 2-0
Laura Robson (GBR) d. Dia Evtimova (BUL) 60 64
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 16 64 62
Laura Robson/Heather Watson (GBR) v. Elitsa Kostova/Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) not played

5th to 8th Play-off
Hungary defeated Netherlands 2-0
Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) d. Bibiane Schoofs (NED) 63 26 63
Timea Babos (HUN) d. Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 62 63
Timea Babos/Reka-Luca Jani (HUN) v. Bibiane Schoofs/Angelique van der Meet (NED) not played

9th to 12th Play-off
Portugal defeated Slovenia w/o

Relegation play-off
Luxembourg defeated Bosnia/Herzegovina 2-0
Claudine Schaul (LUX) d. Anita Husaric (BIH) 46 64 63
Anne Kremer (LUX) d. Jelena Simic (BIH) 67(3) 63 61
Anita Husaric/Jasmina Kajtazovic (BIH) v. Anne Kremer/Claudine Schaul (LUX) not played

 

Results from the International Tennis Federation

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Great Britain Moves into World Group II Play-Off

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(February 10, 2013) Great Britain’s Fed Team have defeated Bulgaria 2-0 in their promotional play-off of the Fed Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group I competition. This puts Great Britain into the World Group II play-off on April 20-21. The venue and opponent for the team will be announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) at 1100 GMT on Wednesday, February 13.
In Sunday’s first singles rubber, Laura Robson beat Dia Evtimova 6-0 6-4 in exactly an hour. In contrast to Robson’s previous performance against Hungary the previous day where she dropped the opening set 6-0, she came out firing this time and barely dropped a point as she bageled her opponent in 21 minutes. The British No. 2 dropped her serve once in the match as she fell behind 1-2, but broke back immediately and broke again in the final game for victory to put Team GB 1-0 in front. Following the match, Robson said: “I was really happy to get the win and put the team 1-0 up. I definitely played better than yesterday and today conditions were very tough in the wind. Overall I was pleased with my play all week putting the team ahead the three times I played singles.”

 

In the second singles, British No. 1 Heather Watson put in a strong comeback to defeat the opposition’s top singles player, former Wimbledon semifinalist, Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 90 minutes. After holding to open the match, Watson dropped the next seven games in a row before gaining the second set’s only break for 4-3 and was never threatened again, winning five games in a row herself to lead 4-0 in the decider and breaking again for 5-2. Reflecting on the match, the Watson commented: “I was making too many easy mistakes during the first set and I knew in the second I had to make life tougher for her. Once I got that break in the seventh game I was rolling, and in the third I played really well. It means a lot for the whole team to come here and get the job done. We all had a fantastic time on and off the court during the whole week and it was the best Fed Cup experience yet for me.”

 

Speaking after the tie, Captain Judy Murray said, “Great performances from Laura and Heather today gave us a winning 2-0 lead over Bulgaria and promotion from Euro/Africa Zone I. This win puts us into a play-off in April for a place in World Group II and we are all very much hoping for a home tie. We’ve had a great week with a terrific team spirit. The girls have all worked hard on court and had a lot of fun off court. Fed Cup is the only chance for the girls to play as a team for their country so it’s important that they experience is enjoyable both competitively and socially. We are all looking forward to the draw next Wednesday and to see what comes out of that.

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