Fed Cup Anarchy: Swiss Don’t Miss; U.S., Canada Fail
by Staff | April 19th, 2015, 10:59 pm
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What DIDN’T happen during this Fed Cup weekend?

The U.S. discovered that a world No. 1 alone doesn’t make a team, Canada’s Genie Bouchard continued sliding down the charts, the Czechs and Russians rose to the Fed Cup final (come back Maria Sharapova!), and Martina Hingis is a decoy for the new Swiss Miss.


Here are the crazy results from this weekend:

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

Czech Republic d. France 3-1

The Czechs sweep to a 3-0 win behind an opening singles win from Lucie Safarova over Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-1, and two singles wins from Petra Kvitova over Kristina Mladenovic and Garcia, both in straight sets.

“It’s not a habit, you have a great feeling to achieve another final,” said Czech Republic captain Petr Pala upon the team reaching their fourth final in five years. “I have to thank all the girls. They play great, year after year, tie after tie, committing themselves. That’s the key for success. I feel very lucky to work with such good girls.”

Russia d. Germany 3-2

Anstasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina cap it for Russia in the doubles finale with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic. Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Julia Goerges) and Pavlyuchenkova (d. Lisicki) posted singles victories for Russia on Saturday, while Germans Petkovic (d. Kuznetsova) and Andrea Kerber (d. Pavlyuchenkova) won on Sunday to set up the doubles decider.

“It’s one of the best definitely,” said Pavlyuchenkova upon Russia advancing to their eighth final in the last 15 years. “I remember we beat France after being 0-2 down and I won the deciding matches, which was great. Today, was a bit unlucky, but I am glad we won. It’s unbelievable.”

WORLD GROUP PLAYOFFS

Italy d. USA 3-2

The match result wasn’t on the main Fed Cup web page — in fact, you had to dig deep in the “News” section to find it — because the U.S. losing in Fed Cup is no longer news, even with world No. 1 Serena Williams on the team.

Only one Williams sister wasn’t enough as the Italian doubles duo of Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta topped the world No. 1 Williams and Alison Riske 6-0, 6-3 in the decider. In the Saturday singles Williams beat Camila Giorgi and Errano beat American Lauren Davis, both in straights. In the Sunday singles Williams struggled past Errani in three while Pennetta pummelled Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1.

As the Fed Cup site wrote, “But for the USA, defeats to Italy are nothing new.” Even Italian Fed Cup captain Corrado Barrazzutti felt he needed to throw the sorry U.S. a bone in his post-match conference. “I’m very sorry for America,” he said. “But we are very happy for my team, because they really deserved to stay in the [Fed Cup World Group I].”

Netherlands d. Australia 4-1

Without Sam Stosur, Dutchwomen Kiki Bertens and Arantxa Rus roll over Casey Dellacque and Jarmila Gajdosova in the Netherlands. Whoo.

Romania d. Canada 3-1

Is this why Genie Bouchard has been avoiding playing Fed Cup for Canada? The 2014 breakout player loses to Alexandra Dulgheru, who is ranked outside the Top 50, and Andreea Mitu who is ranked outside the Top 100 as Canada goes tumbling out of the World Group I. Francoise Abanda won the opening match for Canada, but was the victim in the fourth singles when Dulgheru clinched it for Romania.

“She came out firing and, maybe, she felt she had nothing to lose,” said Bouchard, who hit 12 winners to Mitu’s 31 in their tie-turning meeting, in a revalation. “She was really going for her shots and on many points I was on my heels.”

Switzerland d. Poland 3-2

Switzerland put one over on the Radwanska sisters and Poland over the weekend, throwing retired-then-unretired former No. 1 Martina Hingis out there in singles, when it was unheralded Timea Bacsinszky they needed to be worried about.

Hingis, filling in for an injured Swiss squad, went 0-2 in singles over the weekend while Bacsinszky won both her singles matches and the doubles match with even more unheralded Viktorija Golubic to clinch the match. Bacsinszky smacked down both Radwanska sisters, losing five games in two singles matches.

“I wrote a message to [Hingis] after her loss on Saturday to tell her that I was proud of what she did and I was inspired too,” Bacsinszky said of Hingis’ effort that came just shy of a singles win, 17 years after she played her last Fed Cup singles. “I told her she needs to be proud of herself. Not everyone can come back and play such great tennis as this.”


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2 Comments for Fed Cup Anarchy: Swiss Don’t Miss; U.S., Canada Fail

Margot Says:

I wonder why McHale was playing anyway. USA has other women ranked higher. eg Stephens, Keys, Vand, etc.
If Serena can turn up, surely they can?


chris ford1 Says:

Czech girls rule!
Sorry Serena, you are like Nole Djokovic facing the Czechs in the Davis Cup Final a couple years back with no backup. No matter how good a player one nation has, you need another decent singles player or a good doubles team.
Unless you are John McEnroe or Timea Bacsinsky.

And what a classy move Timea did to show Hingis’s effort was appreciated even if she did lose the other two. The Swiss can be pretty formidable if Bencic is back and Hingis moves to doubles.

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