Fed Cup 2014 Results (ITF International Tennis Federation Cup - WTA Tennis)    

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  WTA Apr 19-20 2014 Fed Cup SFs

Fed Cup World Group SFs:
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Italy 0 at Czech Republic 4
Germany 3 at Australia 1

World Group Playoffs:
Argentina 0 at Russia 4
Slovakia 1 at Canada 3
France 3 at USA 2
Poland 3 at Spain 2

World Group II Playoffs:
Serbia 1 at Romania 4
Japan 2 at Netherlands 3
Thailand 0 at Sweden 4
Switzerland 3 at Brazil 1

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Brisbane:

#7 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH
Ostrava:

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


    On Sunday at Brisbane, in the semifinals of the 2014 Fed Cup World Group competition, this year's finalist at Doha (and the 2013 Linz champion), 26 year old #7 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2013 champ at Osaka and Carlsbad (and the 2011 US Open champion), 30 year old #19 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 (Angelique is shown after match point).

    The win put Germany ahead of Australia 3-0 in the best of five, clinching a place for the Germans in November's Fed Cup final.

    Angelique said: "It feels very great. I played a good match but it was a tough one because Sam was playing also very tough and I have never beaten her before. It just means a lot; it’s a special moment for all of us." ITF story

    The 4th singles rubber was not played. Australia won the dead doubles rubber, making the final score Germany 3, Australia 1.

    Meanwhile, at Ostrava, Czech Republic, the 2013 champion at Tokyo and Dubai (and the 2011 Wimbledon champion), 24 year old #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2013 Katowice champion, 31 year old #20 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, 6-3, 7-5 (photo shown).

    The match win clinched the semifinal victory for the Czechs, 3-0.

    Petra said: "It was a very tough match for me against Roberta, who is a very different player to Camila [Giorgi]. She returned very well and my serve didn't help me as much as yesterday. It was difficult for me but I won the important points." ITF story

    The 4th singles rubber was not played. The Czechs also won the dead doubles rubber, making the final score Czech Republic 4, Italy 0.

    Czech Republic will host Germany for the Fed Cup final, November 8-9. The Czechs were also finalists in 2013; it will be Germany's first Fed Cup final in 22 years.

    In the World Group playoffs on April 19-20, WG R1 losers competed along with World Group II winners. USA lost to France, Slovakia lost at Canada, Russia won at Argentina, and Spain lost at Poland. Winners of the World Group playoffs will play in the World Group in 2015 (actually competing for the Fed Cup); losers will play in World Group II (competing to get into the World Group in 2016).

    USA lost to France in a World Group play-off at Chaifetz Arena, on the campus of Saint Louis University. #17 Sloane Stephens, #42 Madison Keys, #48 Varvara Lepchenko and #59 Christina McHale faced a French team of #21 Alize Cornet, #51 Caroline Garcia, #78 Virginie Razzano and #87 Kristina Mladenovic.

At St. Louis:
n51 Caroline Garcia FRA d n17 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 6-2
n42 Madison Keys USA d n21 Alize Cornet FRA 6(4)-7, 7-6(4), 6-3
n17 Sloane Stephens USA d #78 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-2, 6-4
n51 Caroline Garcia FRA d n42 Madison Keys USA 6-4, 6-3
Caroline Garcia & Virginie Razzano d Madison Keys & Sloane Stephens 6-2, 7-5
FRA 3, USA 2

2015 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Australia, Russia, France, Canada, Poland.
2015 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Argentina, Slovakia, Spain, Romania, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland.

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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Germany 3 at Australia 0   Queensland Tennis Centre | Hard, Outdoor - Ball: Wilson Australian Open
Saturday, Apr 20 0200hrs GMT
1 n28 Andrea Petkovic GER d n19 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-1, 7-6(7)

Andrea delivering a forehand

    About the close 2nd set, Andrea said: "My energy level dropped a little, I don’t know why, and Sam started serving better; heavier and deeper and she pushed me back. I think in the end I was a little lucky and glad I got through in two sets. I didn’t think Sam was nervous in the match. I just played aggressive, in the beginning and she wasn’t in the match, but then she was playing well." ITF story

    Samantha said: "I had put myself in a good position in the second set so it was disappointing to lose it. [Andrea] was able to get a good strike on the ball. The court is quick and she was striking the ball well. I wasn’t overly nervous but she came out pretty clean and I should have been able to do that the way my opponent did."

2 n7 Angelique Kerber GER d n53 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-0

Angelique launching a backhand

Sunday, Apr 21 0245hrs GMT
3 n7 Angelique Kerber GER d n19 Samantha Stosur AUS 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
4 not played
5 d17 Ashleigh Barty & d18 Casey Dellacqua AUS
    d d13 Anna-Lena Groenefeld & d30 Julia Goerges 6-2, 6(5)-7, (10-2)

Australia:
n19 d43 Samantha Stosur
n53 d18 Casey Dellacqua
n173 d17 Ashleigh Barty
n268 d286 Storm Sanders
Captain: Alicia Molik

Germany:
n7 d158 Angelique Kerber
n28 d89 Andrea Petkovic
n94 d30 Julia Goerges
nNR d13 Anna-Lena Groenefeld
Captain: Barbara Rittner

Italy 0 at Czech Republic 4   CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic | Hard, Indoor - Ball: Wilson Tour Davis Cup
Saturday, Apr 19 1100hrs GMT
1 *n26 Lucie Safarova CZE d n11 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-1

Lucie driving a backhand

    Lucie said: "It was a great match and I played so well, especially in the second set. The crowd is amazing and I love to play at home." ITF story

2 n6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n54 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-4, 6-2

Petra's forehand drive

Sunday, Apr 20 1000hrs GMT
3 n6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n20 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 7-5
4 not played
5 d12 Andrea Hlavackova & d34 Klara Koukalova CZE
    d d263 Karin Knapp & dNR Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 5-7, (11-9)

Czech Republic:
n6 d269 Petra Kvitova
n26 d22 Lucie Safarova
n31 d34 Klara Zakopalova
n115 d12 Andrea Hlavackova
Captain: Petr Pala
Italy:
n11 d5 Sara Errani
n20 d5 Roberta Vinci
n50 d263 Karin Knapp
n54 dNR Camila Giorgi
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

  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 Feb 8-9 2014 Fed Cup QFs

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World Group QFs (Round 1):
Italy 3 at United States 1
Czech Republic 3 at Spain 2 ppd-Mon
Germany 3 at Slovak Republic 1
Russia 0 at Australia 4

World Group II:
Serbia 1 at Canada 3
Poland 3 at Sweden 2
Switzerland 2 at France 3
Japan 1 at Argentina 3

Zonal Groups:
Asia/Oceania - Americas - Europe/Africa

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Cleveland:
#40 Karin Knapp (& Natassja Burnett)
5'11" 159lb RH 2H-BH
Bratislava:

#9 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Cleveland, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Fed Cup World Group competition, the 2008 finalist at Antwerp, 26 year old #40 (career high: #35) Karin Knapp from Lutago, Italy, defeated 23 year old #53 (career high: #53) Alison Riske from Hilton Head, South Carolina, 6-3, 7-5 (photo shown).

    The match win clinched victory for the Italians over the US in the best of five, 3-0.

    Karin said: "I think it means a lot because I think we won against a really tough, tough team... We won here in America. Winning out of home, it's never easy." ITF story

    Karin served for the match leading 5-2 in the 2nd set, But Alison broke Karin and won the next two games as well, to even the score at 5-5. Then Karin broke Alison and served out the match.

    Alison said: "Obviously, it was a big-pressure match as I was trying to win to keep America alive. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do so. But it was a great experience. I actually felt extremely comfortable out there. I just felt like Knapp played exceptionally well."

    In what is now standard Fed Cup procedure when the outcome has already been decided, the 4th singles match was not played. In the "dead" doubles rubber, Americans Madison Keys and Lauren Davis defeated Italians Alice Matteucci & Natassja Burnett 6-2, 6-3, making the final score Italy 3, USA 1.

    The Italians will play at Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semifinals, April 19-20. Rain in Spain stopped play on Sunday, so the Czech-Spanish outcome was decided on Monday.

    Meanwhile, at Bratislava, Slovak Republic, the 2012 Paris Indoor (and 2013 Linz) champion, 26 year old #9 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2014 Australian Open finalist (and the 2013 champion at Stanford), 24 year old #13 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 6-3, 7-6(5) (photo shown).

    The win clinched victory for Germany over Slovakia, 3-0. The fourth singles was not played, and the Slovaks won the doubles, making the final score Germany 3, Slovak Republic 1.

    Angelique said: "It was tough, so I was just trying to play point-by-point. I think I played well, I moved well, I mixed it up well, sometimes aggressive, sometimes defensive, and I’m so happy that we’re now through." ITF story

    Germany will play Australia in the Fed Cup semifinals, April 19-20. Australia has choice of ground for that semifinal. This is not convenient for the players, many of whom will be entered in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where main draw play begins on April 21.

    In the World Group playoffs on April 19-20, WG R1 losers will compete along with World Group II winners. USA will host France, Slovakia will play at Canada, Russia will host Argentina, and Spain will host Poland. Winners of the World Group playoffs will play in the World Group in 2015 (actually competing for the Fed Cup); losers will play in World Group II (competing to get into the World Group in 2016).

WTA SCOREBOARD: Fed Cup World Group 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 3 at Spain 2   Centro de Tenis Blas Infante, Seville, Spain | Red Clay, Outdoor | Ball: Dunlop Fort All Court
Saturday, Feb 8 1100hrs GMT
1 n17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n69 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 6-4

    Rain interrupted play, and postponed the second match until Sunday. Carla said: "We were practicing all week with these conditions and for us it wasn't so difficult. You need to play very simple. You must concentrate more than in other matches, but for us we want to play a simple game." ITF story

Sunday, Feb 9 0930hrs GMT RAIN ppd-Mon
2 n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n66 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
3 n17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
4 n28 Lucie Safarova CZE d n77 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
5 d9 Andrea Hlavackova & d35 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d d44 Silvia Soler Espinosa & d83 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 7-6(7), 6-3

Czech Republic:
n28 d15 Lucie Safarova
n34 d42 Klara Zakopalova
n69 d35 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
n109 d9 Andrea Hlavackova
WD n6 d271 Petra Kvitova illness
Captain: Petr Pala

Spain:
n17 d83 Carla Suarez Navarro
n66 d287 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor
n77 d44 Silvia Soler Espinosa
n95 d118 Lara Arruabarrena
Captain: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

Italy 3 at United States 1   Public Auditorium, Cleveland, USA | Hard (Premier), Indoor | Ball: Wilson US Open Regular Duty
Saturday, Feb 8 1800hrs GMT
1 n40 Karin Knapp ITA d n62 Christina McHale USA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

   
Christina and Karin driving backhands

    It was not much of a show. Karin hit 30 winners with 57 unforced errors. However, Christina hit only 12 winners, with 49 UEs.

    Karin said: "In the second set I was a little bit too much playing just cross-court, so Christina was always waiting there. She knew that I was playing there. In the third set I changed a little bit up, and I think this was the difference." postmatch interview

    Christina said: "Early on I had some chances. In the third, especially, that first game I had two breakpoints. In my next service game, it was a close game. I feel like once she got those first two games, she really just started playing and really going for all her shots. She started serving better. By giving her that lead she really relaxed I think and started playing much better." postmatch interview

2 n84 Camila Giorgi ITA d n37 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 6-1

   
Camila and Madison driving forehands

    Though Camila struck only 7 winners, with 27 unforced errors, Madison fared far worse: her 8 winners were accompanied by 47 unforced errors.

    The two wins gave Italy a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead over USA, with 3 matches to play on Sunday.

    Camila said: "Was good I play like this. I came into the court, I was not nervous. Was good. Especially I was feeling good... I was not tense, so this make me more confident." postmatch interview

    Madison said: "All credit to [Camila]. She was playing amazingly. I felt like every time I was trying to get back into a point, hit a good shot, she was hitting another really good one right back at me. I tried to do my best. I thought I fought to the very end. I can only control so many things. Great job to her today." postmatch interview

Sunday, Feb 9 1700hrs GMT
3 n40 Karin Knapp ITA d n46 Alison Riske USA 6-3, 7-5

       
Karin and Alison driving backhands, and Karin after match point

4 not played
5 d253 Madison Keys & d311 Lauren Davis USA v d522 Alice Matteucci & d950 Natassja Burnett ITA 6-2, 6-3

USA:
n37 d253 Madison Keys
n46 d153 Alison Riske
n59 d311 Lauren Davis
n62 d126 Christina McHale
Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

Italy:
n40 d269 Karin Knapp
n84 dNR Camila Giorgi
n161 d950 Natassja Burnett
n704 d522 Alice Matteucci
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Russia 0 at Australia 4   Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart | Hard (Plexicushion), Outdoor | Ball: Wilson Australian Open
Saturday, Feb 8 0200hrs GMT
1 n80 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n241 Irina Khromacheva RUS 6-0, 6-2

Casey's forehand drive

    Casey said: "These girls have got nothing to lose and they can come out swinging... I wanted to make it hard for her from the start." ITF story

2 n16 Samantha Stosur AUS d n650 Veronika Kudermetova RUS 6-4, 6-0

Samantha fielding a forehand

    Samantha said: "The first set was quite tough. Conditions were really quick and lively. There was no rhythm, no rallies, no way to feel your way into the match... [But] when you're young and you're playing that big game, it's hard to keep it up."

Sunday, Feb 9 0000hrs GMT
3 n16 Samantha Stosur AUS d n158 Victoria Kan RUS 6-2, 6-3

Samantha driving a forehand

    Samantha said: "It's great that we’ve been able to do it in three matches. I don't know if we could have hoped for anything better." ITF story

4 not played
5 d16 Casey Dellacqua & d20 Ashliegh Barty AUS d d93 Valeria Solovyeva & d184 Irina Khromacheva 6-1, 6-3

Australia:
n16 d45 Samantha Stosur
n80 d16 Casey Dellacqua
n154 d20 Ashleigh Barty
n203 d232 Storm Sanders
Captain: Alicia Molik

Russia:
n158 d381 Victoria Kan
n241 d184 Irina Khromacheva
n259 d93 Valeria Solovyeva
n650 d423 Veronika Kudermetova
Captain: Anastasia Myskina

Germany 3 at Slovak Republic 0   Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, Slovakia | Hard (DecoColor), Indoor | Ball: Dunlop Fort All Court
Saturday, Feb 8 1200hrs GMT
1 n36 Andrea Petkovic GER d n13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-2

Petko serving

    Andrea said: "The second set tiebreak was crazy, it had everything in it, I was up, I was down, we had the umpire involved, but I came through it.
    "I feel like my game is in place, that I'm playing better than I was when I was in the top 10, but I'm lacking the match practice, so I definitely think this could be a turning point for me in the season." ITF story

2 n9 Angelique Kerber GER d n30 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(9), 6-1

Angelique following a forehand

Sunday, Feb 9 1200hrs GMT
3 n9 Angelique Kerber GER d n13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 7-6(5)
2 n9 Angelique Kerber GER d n30 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(9), 6-1

Angelique alerting the media after the match

4 not played
5 d114 Magdalena Rybarikova & d210 Jana Cepelova SVK d d14 Anna-Lena Groenefeld & d28 Julia Goerges GER 4-6, 6-3, (10-7)

Slovak Republic:
n13 d157 Dominika Cibulkova
n30 d43 Daniela Hantuchova
n32 d114 Magdalena Rybarikova
n82 d210 Jana Cepelova
Captain: Matej Liptak

Germany:
n9 d136 Angelique Kerber
n36 d101 Andrea Petkovic
n88 d28 Julia Goerges
nNR d14 Anna-Lena Groenefeld
WD n15 d66 Sabine Lisicki shoulder injury
Captain: Barbara Rittner


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