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  WTA Nov 3-4 2012 Fed Cup Final

Fed Cup World Group Final:
Serbia 1 at Czech Republic 3
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Serbia:
n12 dNR Ana Ivanovic
n22 d296 Jelena Jankovic
n57 d1067 Bojana Jovanovski
n168 d330 Aleksandra Krunic
Captain: Dejan Vranes

Czech Rep:
n8 d529 Petra Kvitova
n17 d59 Lucie Safarova
n46 d4 Lucie Hradecka
n63 d3 Andrea Hlavackova
Captain: Petr Pala
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Prague:

#17 Lucie Safarova
5'9" 141lb LH 2H-BH
Prague:

L Hradecka, A Hlavackova, L Safarova, P Kvitova
2nd Consecutive Czech Fed Cup Title


    On Sunday at Prague, the last day of play in the 2012 Fed Cup final, the 2008 French Open champion (and 2011 Bali champ), 24 year old #12 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), defeated the 2012 champion at Montreal, 22 year old #8 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5.

    Serbia, playing in their first Fed Cup final, had trailed the 2011 Fed Cup champion Czechs 0-2 after the first day of play. Ana's win kept Serb hopes alive, moving the score to 1-2.

    But, in the second match on Sunday at Prague, the 2006 champion at Gold Coast, 25 year old #17 (career high: #17) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, defeated the 2010 champion at Indian Wells, 27 year old #22 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic, from Belgrade, Serbia, 6-1, 6-1 (photo shown).

    Lucie's win clinched the 2012 Fed Cup title for the Czechs, 3-1. The remaining "dead" doubles rubber was not played.

    It was an unfortumate weekend for Jelena, who had led the Serbs in the Fed Cup semifinals with wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Moscow.

    Lucie said: "Here at home in this type of crowd, it’s indescribable, it’s an amazing feeling." ITF story

    In the 2013 Fed Cup World Group quarterfinals (teams actually playing for the Fed Cup), February 9-10, Australia will play at Czech Republic, Japan at Russia, USA at Italy, and Slovak Republic at Serbia.

    In the 2013 Fed Cup World Group II (teams playing to get into the 2014 World Group), February 9-10, Germany will play at France, Ukraine at Spain, Belgium at Switzerland, and Sweden at Argentina.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Fed Cup World Group Final:
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon— a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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  O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic | Hard (Novacrylic Ultracushion System ), Indoor - Ball: Wilson Tour Davis Cup
Saturday, Nov 3 1230hrs GMT
1 *n17 Lucie Safarova CZE d n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-3

   
Ana looking to slice a backhand, and Lucie driving a forehand

    The Czechs were backed by a capacity crowd of over 13,000. Lucie said: "It was amazing, it’s an amazing feeling. The people were just cheering so loud and I was so driven by it." ITF story

    Anna struggled with 32 unforced errors. Ana said: "It’s hard, because you feel like you create chances, then you just miss, and your opponent plays a good shot, and it’s very, very hard. It makes you go for more and then you make a mistake and then it’s frustrating again. I really tried to keep myself focused on each point, but it was tough at some moments. [Lucie] played aggressive and she made shots."

2 n8 Petra Kvitova CZE d n22 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 6-1

   
Jelena ready to slice a backhand, and Petra ready to drive one

    Petra trailed 2-4 in the 1st set, then won the next nine consecutive games. Petra said: "When I was down 4-2 I had a great service game and I was quite angry, but the good angry—this is from my Mum, I think. Jelena played so well, she didn’t have any mistakes before, so I knew they had to come and that I had to wait for some chances and just try my fast game."

    The two wins gave the Czechs, already 2011 Fed Cup champions, a commanding 2-0 lead over the visiting Serbs, who are playing in their first Fed Cup final. Serbia must now win all three of Sunday's matches to take the Fed Cup title, a very unlikely scenario.

    Jelena said: "It has been a long time since we have been in this position, 2-0 after the first day. It's not an easy situation for us but we have to stay positive. The tie is not over until the last point is won so we go one step at a time and maybe tomorrow is our day."

Sunday, Nov 4 1000hrs GMT
3 n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n8 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 7-5

       
Petra and Ana driving backhands, and Ana after match point

4 n17 Lucie Safarova CZE d n22 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-1, 6-1

       
Jelena and Lucie driving forehand and backhand, and Lucie after match point

5 d3 Andrea Hlavackova & d4 Lucie Hradecka CZE v d1067 Bojana Jovanovski & d330 Aleksandra Krunic SRB not played

Czech Republic:
n8 d529 Petra Kvitova
n17 d59 Lucie Safarova
n46 d4 Lucie Hradecka
n63 d3 Andrea Hlavackova
Captain: Petr Pala
Serbia:
n12 dNR Ana Ivanovic
n22 d296 Jelena Jankovic
n57 d1067 Bojana Jovanovski
n168 d330 Aleksandra Krunic
Captain: Dejan Vranes

  Fed Cup Rules Overview

    Fed Cup "ties" consist of 5 matches ("rubbers"), 4 singles and 1 doubles. Each country's # 1 singles player plays the other country's # 2 singles player the first day (the order of play decided by lot), and on the 2nd day they swap and the # 1s play each other, followed by the # 2s, followed by the doubles match. The teams are run by non-playing "captains" who are usually highly-regarded coaches and/or former players. The 3rd and 4th players on each team, at the captain's discretion, might not play at all, or might play doubles, or might substitute for an injured or struggling # 1 or # 2 player.

    Only teams in World Group are playing for the Cup itself. Teams in World Group II are playing to get into the World Group (formerly known as World Group I) next year; teams in "Zonal Groups" are playing to get into World Group II in a future year.

    Fed Cup rules state that player changes for the day's opening singles match must be made by the captains with the referee one hour prior to the start of play. Player changes for the second match of the day must be made by ten minutes after the conclusion of the first match. On Sunday, changes in the doubles line-up can be made up to 15 minutes after the end of the second singles match.

  Fed Cup Structure Overview

    About 80 nations are competing in Fed Cup play at 3 levels. 2005 was the first year that the Fed Cup used a a 3-tiered system similar to the Davis Cup system. 8 teams compete at the top level, called World Group (formerly called World Group I), and 8 more teams at the 2nd level, called World Group II. The remaining 73 teams are placed in Zonal Groups I, II, and III. Only the 8 teams in World Group are competing to win the Fed Cup in any given year; the teams in the lower 2 levels are competing to move up into World Group.
    The 4 1st round (quarterfinal) winners in World Group each year will remain in World Group the following year. The four 1st round losers in World Group each year will play off against the 4 winners from World Group II, to determine the other 4 entries in World Group for the following year; the 4 losers of these playoffs are in World Group II the following year. Similarly, the 4 losers from World Group II each year will playoff against 4 Zonal Group winners to determine the other 4 members of World Group II the following year.
    All these playoffs are held at the same time as the World Group semifinals, which are the weekend following Wimbledon.
    So, essentially the teams play their 1st "tie" to try to advance, and if they lose, they play a 2nd "tie" which they must win to avoid being demoted. full explanation of Fed Cup structure

    The remaining 70 or so nations playing Fed Cup tennis play in "Zonal Groups" each year, trying to get into World Group II in the future.
    There are three Zonal Groups, which also have levels, called groups, that the teams must work their way up through. The Europe/Africa Zone has 3 levels, while the Americas Zone and the Asia/Oceania Zone each have 2 levels.
    Thus a team playing in Group III of the Europe/Africa Zone is trying to get into E/A Group II next year, E/A Group I the following year, World Group II the year after that, then to get into World Group I, and then, if they kept winning each year, can play in World Group I for the Fed Cup.

  WTA Apr 21-22 2012 Fed Cup SFs

Fed Cup World Group SFs:
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Serbia 3 at Russia 2
Italy 1 at Czech Rep. 4

World Group Playoffs:
USA 5 at Ukraine 0
Belgium 1 at Japan 4
Slovakia 3 at Spain 2
Australia 3 at Germany 2

World Group II Playoffs:
Slovenia 0 at France 5
Belarus 1 at Switzerland 4
Great Britain 1 at Sweden 4
China 1 at Argentina 3

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Moscow:

#18 Jelena Jankovic
5'9" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Ostrava:

#3 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Moscow, Russia, in the fourth "rubber" of the Fed Cup Serbia vs Russia semifinal "tie," the 2010 champion at Indian Wells, 27 year old #18 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates), put Serbia into their first ever Fed Cup final by defeating the 2009 French Open and 2004 US Open champion, 26 year old #27 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-1, 6-4 (photo shown).

    Jelena's win gave the Serbs in insurmountable 3-1 lead over Russia in the best of five.

    Jelena said: "I have goosebumps right now because it’s so exciting for us. At the end I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to get in the Final.’ I was like, ‘Just get the serve in, just play the point!’ I was so happy to win in the end, it wasn’t easy." ITF story

    Svetlana said: "Jelena played good today—she didn’t give me much rhythm. I did my best and today wasn’t my day."

    In the first match of the day, last year's champion at Bali (and the 2008 French Open champ), 24 year old #15 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), had already done her share by defeating the 2011 (and 2010) Monterrey champion, 20 year old #22 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

    Ana said: "I was a little bit tense in the beginning. [Anastasia] was playing well, hardly missing a ball, every shot was a winner, and I didn’t feel like I was doing much wrong. But in the second and third sets I stayed really composed."

    After Jelena's win, Russia won the remaining "dead" doubles match, making the final score Serbia 3, Russia 2.

    Meanwhile at Ostrava, Czech Republic, the 2011 Wimbledon champ, 23 year old #3 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, clinched the other place in November's final for the Czechs by defeating the 2010 French Open champ, 31 year old #12 (career high: #4) Francesca Schiavone from Milan, Italy, 6-4, 7-6(1) (photo shown).

    As the Czech's had led 2-0 after Saturday's matches, Petra's win gave Czech Republic the overall victory 3-0.

    Petra said: "It’s an unbelievable feeling. I really wanted to be again in the final. I hope that the public that was here come to support us in the final again. Every Fed Cup I’m playing I’m nervous. Francesca played unbelievable tennis. I’m very happy I won." ITF story

    Francesca said: "When you are so close with the score, you never know. I had a lot of chances. [Petra] played better than me at these moments. She played some good points when I was serving for the set and in the tiebreak. I was close."

    The two remaining "dead rubbers" were split, making the final score Czech Republic 4, Italy 1.

    Serbia will travel to Czech Republic for the Fed Cup final, November 3-4.

    The 2013 Fed Cup World Group (teams actually playing for the Fed Cup) will consist of Czech Republic, Serbia, Russia, Italy, USA, Japan, Slovak Republic, and Australia.

    The 2013 Fed Cup World Group II (teams playing to get into the 2014 World Group) will consist of Germany, Spain, Belgium, Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and Argentina.

World Group Playoffs Saturday in Ukraine:
#36 Christina McHale USA d #110 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-1, 4-6, 6-3     #9 Serena Williams USA d #171 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-1
##9 Serena Williams USA d #110 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 6-2     #36 Christina McHale USA d #171 Elina Svitolina UKR 7-5, 6-3
Liezel Huber & Sloane Stephens USA d Lyudmyla Kichenok & Nadiya Kichenok UKR 6-4, 6-1

WTA SCOREBOARD: Fed Cup World Group Semifinals:
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon— a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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Serbia 3 at Russia 2   Sports Palace "Megasport", Moscow, Russia | Red Clay, Indoor - Ball: Dunlop Fort Clay Court
Saturday, Apr 21 1100hrs GMT ITF story
1 n18 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 6-3

   
Jelena and Anastasia driving backhand and forehand

    Jelena said: "I’m very happy to win and get a point for Serbia. To be honest, I was very nervous and I’m happy I was able to perform."

2 n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n15 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

   
Svetlana and Ana driving forehand and backhand

    Svetlana said: "I was so focused on the game and I think it was the key for me today. I played so well in the first set... It’s a very big point for us. I’m looking forward to tomorrow."

    Ana said: "[Svetlana] played really well. I was really surprised—even from behind the baseline she was hitting some winners. It was very hard to read her game."

Sunday, Apr 22 1000hrs GMT ITF story
3 n15 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 3-6, 6-0, 6-3

   
Ana serving, and Anastasia and Ana driving backhands

4 n18 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-1, 6-4

   
Svetlana and Jelena driving forehand and backhand, and Jelena after match point

5 d11 Elena Vesnina RUS & d57 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d d574 Aleksandra Krunic & d892 Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 6-0

Russia:
n21 d7 Maria Kirilenko
n22 d57 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
n27 d30 Svetlana Kuznetsova
n78 d11 Elena Vesnina
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

Serbia:
n15 d241 Ana Ivanovic
n18 d206 Jelena Jankovic
n96 d892 Bojana Jovanovski
n195 d574 Aleksandra Krunic
Captain: Dejan Vranes

Italy 1 at Czech Republic 3   CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic | Hard (Novacrylic Ultracushion System ), Indoor - Ball: Wilson Tour Davis Cup
Saturday, Apr 21 1000hrs GMT ITF story
1 n23 Lucie Safarova CZE d n12 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(3), 6-1

   
Lucie and Francesca driving forehand and backhand

2 n3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n28 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-3

   
Petra and Sara following backhand and forehand

    Petra said: "I had to play a really tough match especially after Sara played so well last week... [Hometown fans from nearby Fulnek] really helped me a lot. Without them it would be boring. I’m really happy to be playing close to home after two years."

    Sara said: "I had my chances, but unfortunately it went like that. I think [Petra] closed both sets very well."

Sunday, Apr 22 0900hrs GMT ITF story
3 n3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n12 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 7-6(1)

   
Petra following a backhand, and Francesca reaching for one

4 n28 Sara Errani ITA d n117 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5 d8 Andrea Hlavackova & d10 Lucie Hradecka CZE d d12 Sara Errani & d15 Flavia Pennetta ITA 5-6 retired

Czech Republic:
n3 d540 Petra Kvitova
n23 d66 Lucie Safarova
n73 d10 Lucie Hradecka
n117 d8 Andrea Hlavackova
Captain: Petr Pala

Italy:
n12 d139 Francesca Schiavone
n19 d13 Roberta Vinci
n24 d15 Flavia Pennetta
n28 d12 Sara Errani
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti


    Apr 21-22 World Group Playoffs & World Group II Playoffs:

       
Ayumi Morita of Japan prepared to swat a backhand while defeating Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium at Tokyo... Jarmila Gajdososva drove one while defeating Julia Goerges of Germany at Stuttgart... Serena Williams of the USA stood ready while defeating Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine at Kharkiv... Pauline Parmentier of France drove a backhand while defeating Nastja Kolar of Slovenia at Besancon... Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden celebrated winning a point while defeating Anne Keothavong of Great Britain at Boras...

  WTA Feb 4-5 2012 Fed Cup QFs

Fed Cup
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World Group QFs (Round 1):
Czech Rep 4 at Germany 1
Spain 2 at Russia 3
Serbia 3 at Belgium 2
Ukraine 2 at Italy 2

World Group II:
Belarus 0 at USA 5
Slovenia 0 at Japan 5
France 2 at Slovakia 3
Australia 4 at Switzerland 1

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Stuttgart:

#2 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH
Worcester:

#12 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday in Stuttgart, in the 1st round of the 2012 Fed Cup, the 2011 Wimbledon champ, 21 year old #2 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated last year's champion at Birmingham and Dallas, 22 year old #14 (career high #14) Sabine Lisicki of Germany (res: Bradenton, Florida), 6(2)-7, 6-4, 6-1 (photo shown).

    Petra said: "I had trouble with my return at the beginning, and it was really a long time when I know what I had to do. It was in the middle of the second set, so I’m happy that I got it and I knew how I can return [Sabine's] serve. She played very well, and I’m really happy that we have three points already." ITF story

    The win gave the Czechs, the 2011 Fed Cup champions, an insurmountable 3-0 lead over the Germans in the best of 5. The final in Stuttgart: Czech Republic 4, Germany 1.

    Meanwhile, in Biella, Italy, the Italians fought off a challenge by Ukraine, led by Lesia Tsurenko. Flavia Pennetta, who did not play singles due to a back injury, came off the bench to play the deciding doubles rubber teamed with Roberta Vinci, and they defeated Olga Savchuk and Tsurenko 7-5, 0-6, 6-1, giving Italy a 3-2 victory over Ukraine.

    In Moscow, the Russian team, leading Spain 2-0 after Saturday, was handicapped by the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova due to illness. Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Nadia Petrova in the first match of the day, but Svetlana Kuznetsova clinched the win for Russia by defeating Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, and Russia defeated Spain 3-2 to advance to April's Fed Cup semifinals.

    A similar situation arose in Charleroi, Belgium, where Serbia's Jelena Jankovic was forced to withdraw due to a left leg hematoma. Yanina Wickmayer, who would have played Jankovic, defeated n198 Aleksandra Krunic 6-1, 6-0 to give the Belgians a 2-1 lead, but Bojana Jovanovski evened the score by defeating Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4. Then Jovanovski and Krunic won the day for Serbia by defeating Wickmayer and Alison Van Uytvanck in the deciding doubles, 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1. Serbia 3, Belgium 2.

    Serbia will play at Russia in the Fed Cup semifinals on April 21-22. Italy will play at Czech Repbulic in the other semfinal.

    On Sunday in Worcester, Massachusetts, in World Group II play, last year's champion at Toronto and Stanford, 30 year old #12 (and former #1) Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated 25 year old #65 (career high: #49) Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus (resdence: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain), 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 (photo shown; Serena's feet, injured by cut glass in 2010 and an ankle sprain last month, are also shown as she had them taped for play—photo posted by Serena).

    Serena's victory clinched the win for USA over Belarus (playing without Australian Open champion and new WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka due to a low back injury) 3-0. Christina McHale followed up by defeating Darya Kustova 6-0, 6-1, and Venus Williams, in her first action since being sidelined by illness last year, partnered with Liezel Huber, defeated Kustova and Yakimova 6-1, 6-2 in the doubles, making the final score USA 5, Belarus 0. ITF story

    In the World Group playoffs on April 21-22, this weekend's World Group II winners and World Group losers will play: USA at Ukraine, Belgium at Japan, Slovakia at Spain, and Australia at Germany. The winners of those matches in April will be in the World Group next year, and get to play for the Fed Cup, the losers will be in World Group II next year.

    (Feb 4, 2012) Australian Open champion and new WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Saturday's World Group II Fed Cup matches versus the United States due to a low back injury. Victoria said: "I had the pain since the Australian Open and was hoping to recover, but did not have enough time with all the flying I did. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. It’s disappointing, but health is the most important thing." USTA story

WTA SCOREBOARD: Fed Cup World Group 1 Round 1 (Quarterfinals):
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon— a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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Czech Republic 4 at Germany 1   Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany | Hard (DecoColor), Indoor - Ball: Dunlop Fort Tournament
Saturday, Feb 4 1100hrs GMT ITF story
1 *n49 Iveta Benesova CZE d n14 Sabine Lisicki GER 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

 
Sabine and Iveta driving forehands

2 n2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n21 Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 6-4, 10-8

 
Petra and Julia driving backhands

Sunday, Feb 5 1000hrs GMT ITF story
3 n2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n14 Sabine Lisicki GER 6(2)-7, 6-4, 6-1

Petra driving a backhand

4 n27 Angelique Kerber GER d n47 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-4, 6-4

Angelique's backhand drive

5 d31 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova & d35 Iveta Benesova CZE d d44 Julia Goerges & d60 Anna Lena Groenefeld GER

Czech Republic:
n2 dNR Petra Kvitova
n47 d11 Lucie Hradecka
n49 d35 Iveta Benesova
n53 d31 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Captain: Petr Pala

Germany:
n14 d46 Sabine Lisicki
n21 d44 Julia Goerges
n27 d158 Angelique Kerber
n316 d60 Anna Lena Groenefeld
Captain: Barbara Rittner

Spain 2 at Russia 3   Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia | Hard (RuKortHard), Indoor - Ball: Wilson US Open Regular Duty
Saturday, Feb 4 1100hrs GMT ITF story
1 n3 Maria Sharapova RUS d n77 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-1

Maria'a forehand drive

2 n19 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n55 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-1

Svetlana driving a backhand

Sunday, Feb 5 1000hrs GMT ITF story
3 n55 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n33 d14 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-0, 6-3

Carla's backhand drive

4 n19 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n77 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Svetlana driving a backhand

5 d23 Nuria Llagostera Vives & d27 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d d14 Nadia Petrova & d24 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 retired

Spain:
n55 d361 Carla Suarez Navarro
n77 d257 Silvia Soler-Espinosa
n108 d27 Arantxa Parra Santonja
n145 d23 Nuria Llagostera Vives
Captain: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

Russia:
n3 dNR Maria Sharapova
n19 d24 Svetlana Kuznetsova
n33 d14 Nadia Petrova
n42 d43 Ekaterina Makarova
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

Serbia 3 at Belgium 2   Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium | Hard (Deco Turf II), Indoor - Ball: Wilson Australian Open
Saturday, Feb 4 1300hrs GMT ITF story
1 n13 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n176 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 7-5, 7-5

Jelena serving

2 n29 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n105 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-4

Yanina driving a forehand

Sunday, Feb 5 1230hrs GMT ITF story
3 n29 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n198 d556 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-1, 6-0

Jelena Jankovic showing the hematoma on her left leg which forced her to withdraw from this match

4 n105 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n176 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 6-4

Bojana following a forehand

5 d556 Aleksandra Krunic & d883 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d d186 Yanina Wickmayer & d999 Alison Van Uytvanck BEL 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1

Bojana and Aleksandra after winning a point

Serbia:
n13 d137 Jelena Jankovic
n105 d883 Bojana Jovanovski
n198 d556 Aleksandra Krunic
n532 d903 Natalija Kostic
Captain: Dejan Vranes

Belgium:
n29 d186 Yanina Wickmayer
n176 d348 Kirsten Flipkens
n215 d277 Tamaryn Hendler
n270 d999 Alison Van Uytvanck
Captain: Ann Devries

Ukraine 2 at Italy 2   Lauretana Forum, Biella, Italy | Red Clay, Indoor - Ball: Dunlop Fort Clay Court
Saturday, Feb 4 1400hrs GMT ITF story
1 n34 Sara Errani ITA d n89 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-3

Sara driving a backhand

2 *n121 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n11 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-1, 6-2

Lesia following a forehand

Sunday, Feb 5 1400hrs GMT ITF story
3 n11 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n89 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6(6)-7, 7-5, 6-4

Francesca running down a forehand

4 *n121 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n34 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 3-0 retired—knee injury

Lesia driving a backhand

5 d12 Flavia Pennetta & d15 Roberta Vinci ITA v d90 Olga Savchuk & d216 Lesia Tsurenko

Ukraine:
n89 d177 Kateryna Bondarenko
n121 d216 Lesia Tsurenko
n179 d90 Olga Savchuk
n209 d254 Yuliya Beygelzimer
Captain: Igor Dernovskyi

Italy:
n11 d129 Francesca Schiavone
n22 d12 Flavia Pennetta
n29 d15 Roberta Vinci
n34 d16 Sara Errani
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

World Group II & Zone Groups:

February 4:

     
In WGII play on Saturday, in Worcester, Serena Williams and Christina McHale of the USA defeated Olga Govortsova & Anastasia Yakimova of Belarus...
In Fribourg, Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland upset Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia...
In Zonal play on Saturday, Anne Keothavong of Great Britain defeated Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria...

February 5:

     
In WGII play on Sunday, in Fribourg, Samantha Stosur of Australia defeated Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland...
In Bratislava, Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia defeated Pauline Parmentier and Alize Cornet of France...
In Hyogo, Ayumi Morita of Japan defeated Polona Hercog of Slovenia...

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