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  WTA Nov 8-9 2015 Fed Cup Final

Fed Cup World Group Final:
Russia 2 at Czech Republic 3
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Russia:
n4 dNR Maria Sharapova
d23 d10 Ekaterina Makarova
n28 d27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
n111 d8 Elena Vesnina
Captain: Anastasia Myskina

Czech Republic:
n6 dNR Petra Kvitova
n9 d4 Lucie Safarova
n11 d46 Karolina Pliskova
n41 d28 Barbora Strycova
Captain: Petr Pala
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Prague:

#4 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Prague:

Czech Republic
2015 Fed Cup Champions


    On Sunday at Prague, Czech Republic, in the third match of the 2015 Fed Cup final "tie" between the Czechs and Russia, the 2015 champion at Rome & Brisbane, 28 year old #4 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2015 champion at New Haven & Sydney (and 2014 Wimbledon champ), 25 year old #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Maria's win gave the Russkis a 2-1 lead over the Czechs.

    But, also on Sunday at Prague, in the fourth match of the 2015 Fed Cup final, the 2015 Prague champion, 23 year old #11 (career high: #7) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, defeated the 2014 Moscow champion, 24 year old #28 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia, 6-3, 6-4.

    Karolina's win leveled the score at Russia 2, Czech Republic 2.

    For the deciding doubles rubber, Kate Makarova (injury) and Lucie Safarova (recent illness) remained on the sidelines. Karolina, teamed with the 2011 champ at Quebec City, 29 year old Barbora Strycova from Pilzen, Czech Republic, defeated Anastasia, teamed with the 2013 Eastbourne and Hobart champion, 29 year old Elena Vesnina from Sochi, Russia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Czech Republic is the 2015 Fed Cup champion, defeating Russia 3-2. The Czechs have won the Fed Cup four of the last five years; Russia last won the title in 2008.

    Barbora said: "I was believing that we could still do it [after going a set down], and believing in our game, which we proved, and then we did it at the end." ITF story

    Karolina said: "It's the first experience for me in a Fed Cup final, so I'm really happy how we made it. We both played really well in the last match and I'm so happy we have the trophy right now." WTA story

    2016 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Swiss, Romania, Netherlands.
    2016 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Serbia, Poland, Canada, Spain, Belarus, Slovakia, Australia.

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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Russia 2 at Czech Republic 3
  O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic | Hard (Novacrylic Ultracushion) - Indoor
Saturday, Nov 14 1400pm Local
1 n6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n28 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

Petra driving a backhand

    About losing the 1st set, Petra said: "When I stepped on the court I was so nervous, I was really tight. My legs were very heavy and I couldn’t move well so that was probably the key." ITF story

2 n4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n11 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-3, 6-4

Maria driving a forehand

    About playing Petra Kvitova on Sunday, Maria said: "Last match of the season, you have to give everything you have. I know both of us will, and that's the type of match you want to see in the Fed Cup Final."

Sunday, Nov 15 1200pm Local
3 n4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n6 Petra Kvitova CZE 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Maria driving a backhand

4 n11 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n28 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-3, 6-4

Karolina after match point

5 d28 Barbora Strycova & d46 Karolina Pliskova CZE d8 Elena Vesnina & d27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Barbora volleying a backhand

Russia:
n4 dNR Maria Sharapova
d23 d10 Ekaterina Makarova
n28 d27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
n111 d8 Elena Vesnina
Captain: Anastasia Myskina
Czech Republic:
n6 dNR Petra Kvitova
n9 d4 Lucie Safarova
n11 d46 Karolina Pliskova
n41 d28 Barbora Strycova
Captain: Petr Pala

  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 95 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 79 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 18-19 2015 Fed Cup SFs

Fed Cup World Group SFs:
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France 1 at Czech Republic 3
Germany 2 at Russia 3

World Group Playoffs:
USA 2 at Italy 3
Australia 1 at Netherlands 3
Switzerland 3 at Poland 2
Romania 3 at Canada 1

World Group II Playoffs:
Paraguay 1 at Serbia 4
Sweden 0 at Slovakia 4
Belarus 3 at Japan 2
Spain 3 at Argentina 0

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Ostrava:

#4 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH
Sochi:
d#7 Elena Vesnina
5'7¾" 132lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Sochi, Russia, in the semifinals of the 2015 Fed Cup World Group competition, doubles #7 Elena Vesnina and doubles #33 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia defeated the German team of d#47 Andrea Petkovic & d#91 Sabine Lisicki, 6-2, 6-3 (Elena is shown during the match).

    The win gave the Russkis a 3-2 victory over the Germans. Russia had led 2-0 after the first day of play, but Germany had brought the score to 2-2 on Sunday with #11 Petkovic and #14 Angelique Kerber, who had been rested on Saturday, coming off the bench to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Pavlyuchenkova.

    Elena said: "It was an unbelievable victory, and we are so excited and I am so proud of my team. The whole team worked so hard, and I just want to thank my captain [Anastasia Myskina], as she was amazing and helped us so much." ITF story

    Meanwhile, at Ostrava, Czech Republic, the 2014 Wimbledon and New Haven champion, 25 year old #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2015 finalist at Monterrey and Acapulco (and 2014 champion at Bogota), 21 year old 25th seeded #29 (career high: #28) Caroline Garcia from Lyon, France, 6-4, 6-4 (photo shown).

    The win put the Czechs ahead of France 3-0 in the best of five, clinching a place Czech Repbublic in November's Fed Cup final.

    Petra said: "I saw Garcia yesterday when she played against Lucie [Safarova] and she played very well. I was prepared for a very tough match and I was lucky to break her at the beginning of the [first] set. I was a little bit more relaxed than I was before. I’m glad that my serve worked much better than yesterday." ITF story

    The 4th singles rubber was not played. France won the dead doubles rubber, making the final score Czech Republic 3, France 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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France 1 at Czech Republic 3   Cez Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic | Hard, Indoor - Ball: Wilson Tour Davis Cup
Saturday, Apr 18 1000hrs GMT
1 n13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n29 Caroline Garcia FRA 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-1

Lucie driving a backhand

2 n4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n58 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-3, 6-4

Sunday, Apr 19 1000hrs GMT
3 n4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n29 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-4, 6-4

Petra's backhand drive

4 not played
5 d10 Kristina Mladenovic & d116 Pauline Parmentier FRA d d22 Lucie Safarova & d30 Barbora Strycova CZE 0-6, 6-3, (10-8)

Czech Republic:
n4 dNR Petra Kvitova
n12 d46 Karolina Pliskova
n13 d22 Lucie Safarova
n23 d30 Barbora Strycova
Captain: Petr Pala

France:
n28 d146 Alize Cornet
n29 d25 Caroline Garcia
n58 d10 Kristina Mladenovic
n89 d116 Pauline Parmentier
Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

Germany 2 at Russia 3   Adler Arena , Sochi, Russia | Red Clay, Indoor - Ball: Babolat French Open Roland-Garros
Saturday, Apr 18 1100hrs GMT
1 n24 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n63 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-4

Svetlana launching a backhand

2 n19 Sabine Lisicki GER v n38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 0-0

Sunday, Apr 19 1000hrs GMT
3 n11 Andrea Petkovic GER v n24 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-2, 6-1
4 n14 Angelique Kerber GER d n38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-1, 6-0
5 d7 Elena Vesnina & d33 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d d47 Andrea Petkovic & d91 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-2, 6-3

Elena fielding a forehand

Russia:
n24 d143 Svetlana Kuznetsova
n38 d33 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
n71 d7 Elena Vesnina
n137 d166 Vera Zvonareva
Captain: Anastasia Myskina
n2 dNR Maria Sharapova withdrew due to leg injury
Germany:
n11 d47 Andrea Petkovic
n14 d398 Angelique Kerber
n19 d91 Sabine Lisicki
n63 d36 Julia Goerges
Captain: Barbara Rittner

  WTA Feb 7-8 2015 Fed Cup QFs

Fed Cup
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World Group QFs (Round 1):
Czech Republic 4 at Canada 0
France 3 at Italy 2
Russia 4 at Poland 0
Australia 1 at Germany 4

World Group II:
Slovakia 1 at Netherlands 4
Spain 2 at Romania 3
Switzerland 3 at Sweden 1
USA 3 at Argentina 1

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

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Krakow:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Genoa:

#30 Caroline Garcia
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Krakow, Poland, in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Fed Cup World Group competition, the 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2013 champ at Seoul, Sydney and Auckland, 25 year old #8 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 6-1, 7-5 (Maria is shown after match point).

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

    Maria said: "It’s a great feeling to be able to finish it off in the way that we did. It became really tense at the end, I’ve never been in that position and I definitely felt like I had a lot of responsibility and I really wanted to do that today." ITF story

    Following standard Fed Cup procedure when the outcome has already been decided, the 4th singles match was not played. Russkis Vitalia Diatchenko and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also won the "dead" doubles rubber, making the final score Russia 4, Poland 0.

    Russia will host Germany in the Fed Cup semifinals, April 18-19.

    Meanwhile, at Genoa, Italy, the 2014 champion at Bogota, 21 year old #30 (career high: #30) Caroline Garcia from Lyon, France, defeated the 2014 finalist at Katowice, 20 year old #31 (career high: #31) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France), 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 (photo shown).

    The win evened the score between France and Italy at 2-2. Italy led 2-0 after Saturday's matches, but #74 Kristina Mladenovic of France upset #13 Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-3 in the first match on Sunday.

    Doubles #20 Mladenovic and doubles #30 Garcia then returned to the court for the deciding doubles match, and defeated the world's doubles #1s, Sara Errani & Robert Vinci, 6-1, 6-2, giving the French a 3-2 victory over the Italians. It was only the 7th time in Fed Cup World Group history that a team has won after being 0-2 down.

    France will play at Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semifinals, April 18-19.

    In World Group II action, the USA, led by Serena and Venus Williams, defeated Argentina 3-1 at Buenos Aires.

    World Group II teams are playing for a place in April's playoffs to determine which teams are in the World Group in 2016. Only the teams in the World Group are competing for the actual Fed Cup title in any given year.

    In the World Group playoffs on April 18-19, World Group Round 1 (quarterfinal) losers Italy, Poland, Canada and Australia will compete along with World Group II winners USA, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland.

    World Group playoffs pairings: USA at Italy, Australia at Netherlands, Switzerland at Poland, and Romania at Canada.

    Winners of the World Group playoffs will play in the World Group in 2016 (actually competing for the Fed Cup); losers will play in World Group II (competing to get into the World Group in 2017).

    In the World Group II playoffs on April 18-19, Paraguay will play at Serbia, Sweden at Slovakia, Belarus at Japan, and Spain at Argentina.

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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Russia 4 at Poland 0   Krakow Arena , Krakow, Poland | Hard (Acrylic), Indoor | Ball: Wilson Australian Open
Saturday, Feb 7 1100hrs GMT
1 n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n8 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
2 n2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n135 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-0, 6-3

   
Maria serving, and Vitalia Diatchenko congratulating Maria after the match

    Maria said: "It was really important to start off strong. I had a bit of a let-down in that second set. She started getting a bit more steady, I started going for a little bit too much, making a few more unforced errors and little by little the momentum changed. I’m just overall really happy to get through this match in two sets." ITF story

Sunday, Feb 8 1100hrs GMT
3 n2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n8 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-1, 7-5

   
Maria following a backhand, and after match point

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

    Maria said: "It’s a great feeling to be able to finish it off in the way that we did. It became really tense at the end, I’ve never been in that position and I definitely felt like I had a lot of responsibility and I really wanted to do that today." ITF story

4 not played
5 d100 Vitalia Diatchenko & d34 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d d46 Klaudia Jans-Ignacik & d63 Alicja Rosolska POL 6-4, 6-4

Poland:
n8 dNR Agnieszka Radwanska
n135 dNR Urszula Radwanska
n1141 d63 Alicja Rosolska
nNR d46 Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski

Russia:
n2 dNR Maria Sharapova
n27 d93 Svetlana Kuznetsova
n39 d34 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
n82 d100 Vitalia Diatchenko
Captain: Anastasia Myskina

Australia 1 at Germany 4   Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany | Hard (Acrylic), Indoor | Ball: TBA
Saturday, Feb 7 1200hrs GMT
1 n54 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n10 Angelique Kerber GER 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Aussie captain Alicia Molik congratulating Jarmila after the match

2 n12 Andrea Petkovic GER d n25 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 3-6, 12-10

Andrea driving a backhand

Sunday, Feb 8 1130hrs GMT
3 n10 Angelique Kerber GER d n25 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6-4

Angelique following a backhand

4 n12 Andrea Petkovic GER d n54 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-3, 3-6, 8-6

Andrea launching a forehand

    Andrea said: "In the second set the fatigue came and I felt sort of tired and I felt like I wasn’t as fast anymore and my footwork was kind of off,” Petkovic said. “I tried to tell myself in the third set and play point by point and to not let the pain get to me and that’s what I did." ITF story

5 d33 Julia Goerges & d43 Sabine Lisicki GER d d135 Olivia Rogowska & d38 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6(2)-7, 7-6(7), (10-6)

Australia:
n25 d64 Samantha Stosur
n35 d38 Casey Dellacqua
n54 d51 Jarmila Gajdosova
n157 d135 Olivia Rogowska
Captain: Alicia Molik

Germany:
n10 d407 Angelique Kerber
n12 d58 Andrea Petkovic
n28 d43 Sabine Lisicki
n69 d33 Julia Goerges
Captain: Barbara Rittner

France 3 at Italy 2   105 Stadium, Genoa, Italy | Clay (Red Clay), Indoor | Ball: TBA
Saturday, Feb 7 1400hrs GMT
1 n13 Sara Errani ITA d n30 Caroline Garcia FRA 7-6(2), 7-5
2 n31 Camila Giorgi ITA d n19 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-2

Camila driving a forehand

    Camila said: "It was a great match and I had a good sensation from the start." ITF story

    Alize faces Sara Errani in the first match on Sunday. Alize said: "It's a big pressure but I'm the leader of the team, I'm the French number one, and I have to handle that and try to keep the tie alive."

Sunday, Feb 8 1200hrs GMT
3 n74 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n13 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-3

Kristina driving a forehand

4 n30 Caroline Garcia FRA d n31 Camila Giorgi ITA 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

Caroline following a forehand

5 d20 Kristina Mladenovic & d30 Caroline Garcia FRA d d1 Roberta Vinci & d1 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-2

France:
n19 d170 Alize Cornet
n30 d30 Caroline Garcia
n74 d20 Kristina Mladenovic
n89 d123 Pauline Parmentier
Captain: Amélie Mauresmo

Italy:
n13 d1 Sara Errani
n31 dNR Camila Giorgi
n40 d1 Roberta Vinci
n53 d88 Karin Knapp
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Czech Republic 4 at Canada 0   PEPS, Québec City, Canada | Hard (Latex-ite Game Point MF), Indoor | Ball: Wilson US Open Regular Duty
Saturday, Feb 7 1800hrs GMT
1 n22 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n230 Francoise Abanda CAN 6-2, 6-4
2 n62 Tereza Smitkova CZE d n185 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-1, 6-2

Sunday, Feb 8 1800hrs GMT
3 n22 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n185 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-4, 6-2
4 not played
5 d28 Lucie Hradecka & d533 Denisa Allertova CZE d d50 Gabriela Dabrowski & d430 Francoise Abanda 6-4, 7-6(2)

Czech Republic:
n22 d41 Karolina Pliskova
n62 d286 Tereza Smitkova
n91 d533 Denisa Allertova
n122 d28 Lucie Hradecka
Captain: Petr Pala

Canada:
n134 d108 Sharon Fichman
n185 d50 Gabriela Dabrowski
n230 d430 Francoise Abanda

Captain: Sylvain Bruneau


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