Fed Cup Semis Set: U.S. v Russia, Italy v Czechs
by Staff | February 7th, 2010, 11:21 pm

Melanie Oudin clinched a first-round win for the U.S. Fed Cup team on Sunday by winning her second singles match of the weekend, defeating France’s Julie Coin 7-6(3), 6-4 to put the U.S. in the semis.

Coin replaced Alize Cornet, who had lost to the U.S.’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Saturday, and was reported to be struggling with her nerves. Cornet is 0-6 career in Fed Cup singles matches.

In the semifinals the U.S. will host Russia in April after the Russians defeated Serbia 3-2. In the deciding doubles match Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alisa Kleybanova defeated Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-4 to advance.

“Overall our team win and this is what counts,” Kuznetsova said.

In the other half of the draw, Italy advanced into the semis with a 3-1 win over the Ukraine when Fed Cup stalwarts Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone subdued the Bondarenko sisters in the Sunday singles. Pennetta opened with a 7-5, 7-6(3) win over Alona Bondarenko, then Schiavone clinched it for Italy by defeating Kateryn Bondarenko 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Italy will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals after the Czechs edged Germany 3-2. Czech Fed Cup rookie Lucie Hradecka won her Sunday singles to even the tie, then teamed with Kveta Peschke to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Tatjana Malek to clinch the win.

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2 Comments for Fed Cup Semis Set: U.S. v Russia, Italy v Czechs

Toni Says:

It’s painfully obvious that Ana Ivanovic has completely lost it. Despite her killer looks, she is more preoccupied with life outside of tennis than her game. The people of Serbia have had offically turned on Ana after her pitiful display this past weekend. The fact she is dating a complete nobody (her choice of course) has also befuddled Serbs as they cannot figure her out….

tenisa klubs Says:

It was hard to see Ana has forget how to play tennis.

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