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.