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Czech Republic have won the Fed Cup title with victory in the decisive doubles rubber.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova Reacts

The visitors overcame Russia 3-2 in a gripping finale after doubles specialists Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke proved too good for Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina. The Czech pair needed four match points to close out their first Fed Cup victory since 1988 and their first as an independent nation, winning the doubles rubber 64 62 to send their travelling contingent of fans delirious in the Olympic Stadium.

The win was set up earlier in the day when Petra Kvitova battled past Svetlana Kuznetsova 46 62 63 in what was the rubber of the weekend. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had kept home hopes alive by defeating Lucie Safarova in the fourth rubber but it was too little too late.



“We kept fighting and never gave up and somehow we managed to end up as winners,” Jankovic said.

Jelena Jankovic and Aleksandra Krunic saved two match points before rallying to win the decisive doubles match to give Serbia a 3-2 victory over Slovakia in the Fed Cup playoff series on Sunday. Jankovic and Krunic, who teamed up for the first time in the Fed Cup, overcame Daniela Hantuchova and Magdalena Rybarikova 2-6, 7-5, 9-7 on the indoor clay court at Sibamac Arena in a match that lasted 3 hours, 17 minutes. “All members of the team contributed to the victory,” Serbian captain Dejan Vranes said.

The Serbian pair was trailing 5-1 in the second set but the Slovaks wasted two match points at the 10th game before losing the set. “We kept fighting and never gave up and somehow we managed to end up as winners,” Jankovic said. “It’s hard to say what just happened,” Slovak captain Matej Liptak said. “I can’t say what the turning point was.”

The Slovaks broke Krunic in the third set for a 6-5 lead but Rybarikova failed to serve out the match before the Serbs converted their first match point. “We were close to triumphing over one of the best teams in the world,” said Hantuchova. “It’s hard to forget a loss like that. We have a team that could win the entire competition.”

Serbia returns to the elite eight-nation World Group after one year while Slovakia is relegated. It was the first win for Serbia over Slovakia in the Fed Cup after two losses, including a 3-2 defeat last year at the World Group playoff. The teams split the reverse singles earlier Sunday.



USA is eliminated from the Fed Cup World Group for the first time since 1995!

Andrea Petkovic’s defeat of America’s Melanie Oudin has ensured Germany will regain its place in the World Group for 2012. This result means USA has dropped out of the World Group for the first time since its formation in 1995.

This was Petkovic’s second singles victory of the weekend after she saw off the youthful challenge of Christina McHale 63 64 on Saturday. She has now extended her current Fed Cup singles winning streak to six matches, having won both singles in Germany’s 4-1 World Group II victory over Slovenia in February.

Petkovic plays in Stuttgart on a career-high ranking of No. 19 having reached the semifinals in Miami last month.

Oudin, whose stellar Fed Cup performances for the USA have seen them reach the final for the last two years, has struggled for form of late and also went down 62 76(5) to Julia Goerges yesterday. The American was unable to capitalise on a 4-2 lead in the second set.



Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova put the home team 2-0 up over Italy in Moscow.

Zvonareva set the tone with a 60 62 demolition of Errani in the opening match of the tie. Kuznetsova was then made to battle by a determined Roberta Vinci before prevailing 62 67(4) 61 in the second singles rubber. Saturday’s wins for Russia mean that Zvonareva could seal victory for the team against Vinci in Sunday’s first reverse singles match, though there was no hint of complacency in the Russian camp. For his part, Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti sounded an optimistic, if philosophical, note as he looked ahead to what is likely to be another challenging day for his team. “We have to acknowledge that the Russians played very well today. They have great players,” he said. “Tomorrow is another day and if the Russians win, then we have to congratulate them but we will have to see what’s up tomorrow because anything can happen.” After Zvonareva’s one-sided win, Kuznetsova and Vinci produced a battle that owed plenty to the Italian’s swashbuckling tennis style, which was most evident in the second set. At one stage, Vinci led 4-1 and had a ball for 5-1 before being pushed to a tiebreak. It was a sequence of events which was to rob her of much-needed energy for the third set.

Andrea Petkovic and Julia Goerges both scored straight sets victories to put Germany in charge against USA in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie in Stuttgart. Petkovic gave Germany a great start to their promotion campaign with a 63 64 win over 18-year-old Christina McHale. The German No. 1 broke serve on four occasions, and only conceded her own delivery twice, to seal victory in 1 hour 35 minutes. Goerges then avenged a recent defeat by Melanie Oudin in Miami by coming back from a break down in the second set to win 62 76(5).

The Americans are missing their top three players through injury – Serena and Venus Williams, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands – leaving added pressure on the young shoulders of McHale and Oudin.



Serbia captain Dejan Vranes’ decision not to play Jelena Jankovic in the singles will cost them a place in the semi-final!

Serbia has chosen Bojana Jovanovski to get proceedings under way against Slovak Republic’s No. 1 Dominka Cibulkova ahead of this highly anticipated World Group play-off in Bratislava. Serbia captain Dejan Vranes’ decision not to play Jelena Jankovic in the singles may come as a surprise to many, but Jovanovski was the star for her country in its thrilling victory over Canada in the World Group II clash February. The 19-year-old fought so valiantly that she was chosen as the year’s first winner of the BNP Paribas Heart Award and she will be looking to replicate her form against superior opposition this weekend. Unless Jankovic is injured and requested not to play singles, then this may be the dumbest decision ever made by a Fed Cup captain. Jovanovski certainly played well against Canada, but Canada is not the Slovak Republic! Not only is Jankovic the highest ranked Serbian player, she is also the heart and soul of their Fed Cup team, and is the reason that Serbia is in the World Cup Group play-offs. Ivanovic, who has a habit of choking under pressure and declined to represent her country previously, will be asked to carry the load in two singles matches!!

Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic face off in the second match on court on Saturday. The Serbian leads 3-1 in previous match-ups between these two former Top 10 players. Hantuchova has also been chosen to play in the doubles rubber partnering Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovak pair will face Jankovic and Aleksandra Krunic in what could prove to be the decisive rubber of this close contest.


R1: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

R2: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)


R3: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

R4: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

R5: Daniela Hantuchova / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Jelena Jankovic / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)



Defending champs are up against a tough Russian team.


Venue: Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, Russia

Surface: Indoor hard

The Italians are the two-time defending Fed Cup champions, but the absence of Flavia Pennetta and reigning Roland Garros winner Francesca Schiavone will make it very difficult for them to keep that run alive.

Corrado Barazzutti will instead have to rely on the services of Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani. Both are ranked inside the top 50, although they have largely played support roles for Italy in recent times.

Russia, on the other hand, has named a strong side that includes world No. 3 Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova, a former US Open and Roland Garros champion. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova provide significant depth.


Vera Zvonareva

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Ekaterina Makarova

Shamil Tarpischev (captain)


Roberta Vinci

Sara Errani

Alberta Brianti

Maria Elena Camerin

Corrado Barazzutti (captain)



Venue: Spiroudome, Charleroi, Belgium

Surface: Indoor hard

The injured Kim Clijsters has been forced out with shoulder and wrist problems, so Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens are the likely pair to lead the Belgian challenge.

“I think this is a great pity,” said Clijsters on her official website. “The Fed Cup is something I was really looking forward to, but I felt that something was out of the ordinary. There were too many minor ailments, one after the other, which did not seem to disappear. Something like that gets into your head.”

Czech Republic’s strength in depth is impressive. The in-form Petra Kvitova, who has won two titles in 2011 and reached the Australian Open quarterfinals, fills the No. 1 position for the visitors, while Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will be vying for the remaining singles spot.


Yanina Wickmayer

Kirsten Flipkens

An-Sophie Mestach

Alison van Uytvanck

Sabine Appelmans (captain)

Czech Republic

Petra Kvitova

Lucie Safarova

Iveta Benesova

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

Petr Pala (captain)




Stosur opts out of Aussie Fed Cup team.

Samantha Stosur will miss the tie, which will be held at Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club, Mount Waverley, to better prepare for the clay-court season. Samantha Stosur said it has been a really tough decision to not play with the girls next week. “I love representing Australia and it has been difficult to prioritise my immediate schedule. But it is extremely important to me to focus on the clay-court season and get the best possible preparation for the French Open.” “I am confident though that we will still field a very strong team for this tie given the depth of talent we are developing in women’s tennis in Australia.”

Jarmila Groth (No.29), Jelena Dokic (No.64), Anastasia Rodionova (No.74) and Sophie Ferguson (No.124) will represent Australia in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie against Ukraine on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2011.

“We are obviously disappointed that our No.1 player, Sam, will not be coming home for this tie but we respect her decision and I have faith in the other girls to get us back to the elite eight,” Taylor said. “Jarmila, Jelena and Anastasia are all in the top 100 players and Sophie also has the potential to also break into the top 100 women with a few strong performances. “Jelena has made a remarkable start to 2011 with a WTA title win in Kuala Lumpur, her first since 2002 and a quarterfinal appearance in Paris where she lost to Kim Clijsters. “She is also a proven Fed Cup performer, with a 13-3 win-loss record; and Jarmila and Anastasia have had amazing Fed Cup debuts beating much higher ranked players – Jarmila over Italian Francesca Schiavone last February in Hobart and Anastasia over Alona Bondarenko this time last year in Ukraine.

“Sophie, who will be representing the Fed Cup team for the first time since 2005, recorded a career high of No.109 in July last year and her favourite surface is clay. She made her best ever Grand Slam result at the French Open when she qualified and made the second round last year . “We have a lot of depth in the women’s team and with all four girls capable of strong performances Nicole [Bradtke] and I have some hard decisions to make leading into the tie. “With Sam absent is it a real opportunity for someone to step-up and lead the team. She has helped us get to this point but now there is the opportunity for someone else to fill this space.

“The Ukraine team are never an easy opponent and I expect them to come out fighting but the Australian girls have worked really hard to get into the World Group and I know they are keen to prove they belong there. It should be a great tie.”





Kim Clijsters will be sidelined for a month, forcing her out of the Fed Cup.

Kim Clijsters will be sidelined for a month with shoulder and wrist injuries, forcing her out of Belgium’s Fed Cup semifinal next week against the Czech Republic. The U.S. Open and Australian Open champion said a busy spring schedule overexerted her right shoulder and wrist. She will not be able to hold a tennis racket for the next couple of weeks while she recovers. Clijsters will also miss the Madrid Open in the first week of May but hopes to resume her season on clay in Rome on May 9, giving her two weeks to prepare for the French Open.

“I don’t want to force anything,” she said on her website. “I want to avoid at all cost that this becomes chronic.” Despite promises to take it easy and limit her tournaments, Clijsters acknowledged she had already taken on too much this year. After she capped a stint Down Under with victory in the Australian Open, she played Fed Cup and Paris in February before moving to the United States for two long tournaments. First, she pulled out of Indian Wells in the fourth round with a shoulder injury and lost in the quarterfinals in Miami last week to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka with a strangely listless performance. Even then, the signs were already there. “I felt something was not quite right,” Clijsters said. “There were too many successive aches and pains that just didn’t want to disappear. It gets into your head.”

The injury is a bitter blow to Belgium, which face a strong challenge from the Czech Republic at home in Charleroi next week. Early in the season, Justine Henin was forced into retirement because of injury. So instead of featuring two of the game’s greatest players, Belgium will be relying on No. 23 Yanina Wickmayer and No. 103 Kirsten Flipkens to face the Czechs. “I was really looking forward to that Fed Cup,” Clijsters said. She wants a good showing at Roland Garros, where she was twice a losing finalist and forced to miss it last year.





Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech team as they look to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in 23 years.

Czech Republic has named a full strength squad to face Belgium in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal clash in Charleroi. Australian Open quarterfinalist and world No. 18 Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech team as the visitors look to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in 23 years. Czech captain Petr Pala also nominated Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to take on the Belgians on 16-17 April. The tie could see a rematch of this year’s Open Gaz de France final between Kvitova and Kim Clijsters, which the Czech won 64 63. The Czechs reached the semifinals after Safarova and Kvitova won the first three rubbers of their first round tie against the Slovak Republic, while Belgium overcame USA 4-1 in its opening round encounter.

German captain Barbara Rittner has named her nation’s Fed Cup team for the World Group play-off tie against USA. In-form Andrea Petkovic, who surprised world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in Miami earlier this week, will carry the weight of home expectation against the American team in Stuttgart. Julia Goerges, Sabine Lisicki and Anna-Lena Groenefeld make up the team looking to bring to an end USA’s proud history in the top flight of the competition. The Germans are looking for an immediate return to the World Group after losing their play-off to France at the same stage of the competition last year



Zvonareva will boost Russia’s Fed Cup chance against Italy in April.

Russian Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev says that No. 3 Vera Zvonareva has committed to play the April semifinal against Italy in Russia. Tarpishchev also indicated that Svetlana Kuznetsova might play for the team again and renew her rivalry with Francesca Schiavone, who bested her in a Grand Slam record four hours and 44 minutes at the Australian Open.

“It promises to be a great match,” he said. “However, our team will be strengthened ahead of that tie, as Zvonareva will play for us, so I am counting on us winning that tie.” Two-time defending champion Italy won the two nations’ last tie at home in 2009

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