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Vania King ousts Marion Bartoli to reach the quarters in Korea.


American Vania King knocked out French second seed Marion Bartoli to reach the quarter-finals of the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul. Unseeded 22-year-old King defeated Bartoli 6-3 7-5 to set up a match against Czech Klara Zakopalova who defeated Romania’s Irina-Camellia Begu 6-1 6-1.

Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova secured her place in the last eight following the retirement through injury of her opponent, Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. Cibulkova had taken the opening set on a tie-break when Shevdova pulled out. Slovenian fifth seed Polona Hercog overcame Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 7-5 and will play Cibulkova next.


Wozniacki struggles past Vania King.

Second-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki clawed her way into the third round of the WTA hardcourt tournament here Friday with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory over American Vania King.

Wozniacki, ranked fourth in the world and a finalist at last year’s US Open, trailed 1-4 in the third set but managed to fight back against the 76th-ranked King with breaks in the seventh and ninth games.

“I just kept fighting for every point,” Wozniacki said after the victory in 2hrs 28min. “Vania was playing really, really good. I’m just glad I came through.”

Like all 32 seeded players, 19-year-old Wozniacki enjoyed a first-round bye.

In the third round she’ll face either 32nd-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia or unseeded Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano.

Russian Elena Dementieva, the No. 5 seed and 2006 finalist, was also extended to three sets in her opener Friday but capped the match with a display of dominance. She limited Belarusian Olga Govortsova to just two points on serve in the third set as she sealed a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory.

Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland had an easier time to start her 2010 BNP Paribas Open campaign, hodling a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Russian Anna Chakvedtadze when her opponent retired from the match.


The US hopes are riding on Alexa Glatch.

glatchAlexa Glatch holds the key to the success of the USA Fed Cup team when they meet tomorrow on the red clay in Italy. She has proved that she is a big game player, and relishes the pressure of playing against the top players. But more importantly she has shown that she is quite at home on clay. At just over 6′ tall she towers over her two diminutive team mates Oudin and King, and in her play she can serve with the best on the tour. 

She made her Fed Cup debut in April in the semifinals against the Czech Republic. As a rookie, she was dubbed the MVP for almost single handidly keeping the US alive by pulling off upset wins in both of her singles matches against No. 29 Iveta Benesova and No. 48 Petra Kvitova in dominating, straight sets fashion. Her team won the deciding doubles match and the U.S. will have a chance to take home the Fed Cup Championship Trophy for the first time since 2000.

In May, Alexa made her French Open red clay debut by crushing the 14th-seeded Italian clay court specialist Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 in the first round. To date this is the biggest win in her career.

Italy’s No. 2 player, Francesca Schiavone, will face U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin in the second singles match Saturday on the clay courts at the Rocco Polimeni club.

Schiavone and the 18-year-old Oudin have also met once before, with Schiavone winning 6-1, 6-1 in Indian Wells, Calif., last year.

Saturday 7 November – 11:00 start (10:00 GMT)

Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v Alexa Glatch (USA)

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Melanie Oudin (USA)

Sunday 8 November – 11:00 start (10:00 GMT)

Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v Melanie Oudin (USA)

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Alexa Glatch (USA)

Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Liezel Huber/Vania King (USA)


USA’s 2009 Fed Cup team.

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Melanie Oudin

Oudin burst onto the world scene at the US Open in September when she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Caroline Wozniacki. However, the 18-year-old had caught the eye of most tennis followers long before.

Oudin enjoyed a successful junior career and began to play her first senior tournaments in 2006. With three $50k victories under her belt, she came through qualifying to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon before making her run to the last eight at Flushing Meadows.

In Fed Cup play, Oudin made her debut against Argentina in this year’s first round. Having lost her opening rubber, she fought back to defeat Betina Jozami in three sets, providing USA with the platform to progress in the decisive doubles match. She was also a non-playing member of the team in the semifinals.

Alexa Glatch

Glatch played her first Fed Cup tie in the semifinals against Czech Republic and made more than an impressive debut. She comfortably defeated Iveta Benesova and Petra Kvitova in her two singles rubbers, dropping just six games.

The 20 year-old from California is currently ranked No. 132 in the world and is USA’s No. 10. She reached her career high ranking of No. 102 in August.

As an individual, Glatch hasn’t enjoyed the best form of late. In fact, she hasn’t reached the second round of a tournament since June at the AEGON Classic in Edgbaston, part of the British grass court season.

Vania King

King was called in to the American team following the withdrawal of Serena Williams, who was competing at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha.

The 20-year-old made her debut against Germany in 2006 and has played in five ties, compiling a win-loss record of 4-5. She is currently ranked No. 78 in the world and has won one career singles title.

King, however, has enjoyed more success on the doubles court. She has seven tournament victories to her name, including wins in Brisbane and New York in 2009, and also finished runner-up in the mixed doubles at this year’s Roland Garros.

Liezel Huber

Huber, a doubles specialist, is the top ranked doubles player in the world. Teaming up with various partners down the years, but with Cara Black of late, she has won 39 career titles including four at Grand Slam events.

Huber began her Fed Cup career representing South Africa in 1998. However, in 2007, she became an American citizen and has now played in USA’s last three ties.

Mary Joe Fernandez, USA’s captain, has described Huber as ‘unquestionably our team leader’. In this year’s Fed Cup campaign, she has won the decisive doubles rubber in both rounds.


Vania King replaces Serena on Fed Cup team.

vania_34214Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Italy and USA, taking place in Reggio Calabria on 7-8 November.

Williams, who has been competing at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, will be replaced by Vania King.

King made her Fed Cup by BNP Paribas debut against Germany in 2006 and has played in five ties, compiling a win-loss record of 4-5. She currently holds world rankings of No. 78 in singles and No. 32 in doubles.

King, 20, has won seven career doubles titles, two of which coming this year in Brisbane and New York. On the singles court, her sole tournament victory came in Bangkok in 2006.

Captained by Mary Joe Fernandez, USA’s team will now be King, Melanie Oudin, Alexa Glatch and Liezel Huber, the world’s top doubles player.


New doubles pair wins first time together.

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Top-seeded King and Zahlavova Strycova took the Bell Challenge in Québec City with a 61 63 defeat of unseeded Sofia Arvidsson and Severine Brémond Beltrame. The only real adversity the American-Czech duo faced was when they lost the first two games of the second set, but they only dropped one more the rest of the way. It was King’s eighth Tour doubles title, including last year’s Bell Challenge with Anna-Lena Groenefeld, and Zahlavova Strycova’s fourth.

“It was our first time playing together and we didn’t really know each other at all before this,” King said. “Barbora asked me in New York to play and I think our games complemented each other well.”

“Vania is a great doubles player and I thought we could do well here,” Zahlavova Strycova said. “To come away with the title after playing with someone for the first time is very good. I hope we can team up again in the future. We had a great week.”

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