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27
Oct
10

USA fed Cup team has the spirit and desire to win.

In the absence of the injured Williams sisters, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Melanie Oudin will spearhead the USA’s bid to win their first Fed Cup for 10 years next month. The Americans face holders Italy in a repeat of last year’s final at the San Diego Sports Arena in California but will likely start as outsiders. Captain Mary Joe Fernandez confirmed her team on Wednesday, making one change to the one which beat Russia in the semi-finals with debutante Coco Vandeweghe replacing Sloane Stephens. However, Mattek-Sands and Oudin will likely play singles, with doubles specialist Liezel Huber also included.

Fernandez said: “Melanie, Liezel and Bethanie have repeatedly answered the call to play for their country and have together led the US to its second consecutive Fed Cup final. “We also are bringing on up-and-comer Coco, who is playing the best tennis of her young career, including a win this summer over (world number two) Vera Zvonareva. “The team is extremely motivated to try and win the Fed Cup for the US for the first time in 10 years.”

Italy name an unchanged line-up for the sixth straight tie so will again be led by French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. She will be supported by Flavia Pennetta in singles, with Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani potential doubles options for captain Corrado Barazzutti. Italy are currently on a six-match winning streak in the competition. The final takes place on an indoor hardcourt on November 6-7.

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30
Sep
10

Schiavone and Azarenka thru to the semifinals.

Francesca Schiavone, the No.5 seed, was the second player into the semifinals, outlasting Kaia Kanepi in a tight three-setter, 75 46 75. Schiavone missed a crosscourt backhand on her first match point at 5-4 but closed the match out two games later, finishing it on a big serve that drew a Kanepi return into the net. The marathon match lasted three hours and nine minutes.

Victoria Azarenka, seeded No.8, ended the run of American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, winning five consecutive games from 1-2 in the first set and six straight from 0-1 in the second set for a 62 61 win. Azarenka has now gone one round better than in her debut appearance here last year, where she was a quarterfinalist. “I played her in an exhibition match in the summer, so I knew a little bit about her,” Azarenka said of Vandeweghe. “She has a big serve, plus she had won a lot of matches here, so I knew it would be tough. My game plan worked well today. She started very well in the beginning but I was able to focus and be aggressive and I’m really excited to be in my first semifinal here in Tokyo.” Vandeweghe, just 18 and ranked No.172, was playing her second career quarterfinal, having made it to the final eight at San Diego in the summer. She had upset No.14 seed Aravane Rezai en route to her match-up with Azarenka.

25
Sep
10

Teenagers Robson and Vandeweghe advance to the main draw.

Laura Robson progressed to the main draw of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with an impressive 2-6 6-2 6-4 win over Romania’s Simona Halep.

The 16-year-old Londoner, who beat world number 57 Anastasija Sevastova in the previous round, broke to take the match in the tenth game of the decider.

Robson made up a deficit of 127 ranking places on world number 100 Halep.

British number one Elena Baltacha suffered a 6-0 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 defeat to world number 106 Greta Arn of Hungary.

The Scot is ranked 56 places above world number 106 Arn, but had succumbed to the Hungarian in both their previous meetings, most recently in qualifying in Rome earlier this season.

World number 41 Jarmila Groth also failed to make her way into the tournament proper after 18-year-old Coco Vandeweghe of the United States won their encounter 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

09
Dec
09

Vandeweghe and Harrison earn wildcards to Aussie Open.

CoCo Vandeweghe, the niece of New Jersey Nets GM and coach Kiki Vandeweghe, and Ryan Harrison have earned spots in the main draw of the 2010 Australian Open.

Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Harrison, of Bradenton, Fla., won U.S. Tennis Association wild-card playoffs in Atlanta.

Vandeweghe, who turned 18 Sunday, beat Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-3.

The 17-year-old Harrison defeated Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 and will make his Grand Slam singles main draw debut in Australia in January.

The finals were played Monday.

The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement to trade wild cards for their Grand Slam tournaments.

10
Jan
09

Team America wins in Hong Kong….

 

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Led by Venus Williams, who never lost a set, Team America easily defeated Team Russia to win the JB Classic in Hong Kong. Venus used this tournament as her warm-up for the 2009 season, and she looks to be in great form. Her team mates Gisela Dulko and Coco Vandeweche won in singles and doubles matches to help Team America win.

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