Kuznetsova Winless in Russian Shocker; Fed Cup Capsules
by Staff | February 7th, 2016, 8:21 pm
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NETHERLANDS d. RUSSIA 3-1
Yow! It’s the Fed Cup upset of the year, or century, as the unheralded Netherlands comes into Moscow and comes out with a win. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens upsets Ekaterina Makarova, and then No. 141-ranked Richel Hogenkamp ousts former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova 10-8 in the third. Bertens hands Kuznetsova another loss in the third match and it’s game over man — a 3-0 Dutch sweep.


“The thing is that throughout this whole tie, everything was going to the side of Holland,” Kuznetsova said. “Everything — line calls, net cords, drop shots — everything was going perfectly for them. I was unable to play my best, but I gave one hundred percent out on the court.”

CZECH REPUBLIC d. ROMANIA 3-2
The Czechs beat world No. 3 Simona Halep and Romania behind the strong singles play of Karolina Pliskova, who beat Halep in the opener, Monica Niculescu in the second singles, and cliched it in the doubles win with Barbora Strycova.

SWITZERLAND d. GERMANY 3-2
Belinda Bencic was a one-woman wrecking machine, winning both her singles, including a victory over Australian Open winner Angie Kerber, then clinched it in the doubles with world No. 1 doubles player Martina Hingis — without dropping a set.

FRANCE d. ITALY 4-1
Sara Errani went 0-2 in singles, and Camila Giorgi won the only point for Italy in the opening-match singles as the underrated Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia carried the day in singles.

World Group II

BELARUS d. CANADA 3-2
Victoria Azarenka and Genie Bouchard both bailed on their countries, so this was a battle of also-rans. If you don’t know the name Aliaksandra Sasnovich, you know her now after the Belarussian won both her singles, then clinched it in the doubles for the visiting team.

AUSTRALIA d. SLOVAKIA 3-2
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy oy oy! Sam Stosur takes over for the Aussies, winning both her singles then clinching it in the doubles with Casey Dellacqua in three sets.

USA d. POLAND 4-0
After the withdrawal of Aggie Radwanska the result was never in doubt as Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens don’t drop a set in singles in Hawaii.

SPAIN d. SERBIA 4-0
Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic doesn’t play, and former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic gets housed, failing to win a set as Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro clean up for Spain on the Serbian hardcourts.

 


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5 Comments for Kuznetsova Winless in Russian Shocker; Fed Cup Capsules

chrisford1 Says:

Serbia and Italy – Trundle on home, ladies. after your stinkfests against Spain and France! Same to the minor league Poles.
18-year old Bencic, with an assist from “ol’ lady Swiss vixen”, destroyed Germany. You have to think at this point, the Swiss have some solid Olympic chances, I would like to see Federer and Hingis or Fed-Bencic pair up. (FEd’s only realistic shot at Oly Gold.) There is close to a commitment with Hingis-Fed. Sign zee paper, Fed!!Commit!
Something obscene about Sharapova showing up just to satisfy paperwork to get her qual’d for the Olympics, not to play any match, as Russia goes down to the Tulip People.


Django Says:

Hee hee those darn Hans brinkers.


RZ Says:

Wow, well done Netherlands!


Humble Rafa Says:

What is Fed Cup? Is that for the people who are fed up with the regular tour tournaments?


Lodhi Says:

@Humbe Rafa

It’s a cup named after The Greatest of All Time in the history of tennis, badminton, table-tennis, basketball, football, handegg, and whatever else you can think of: The Mighty Fed.

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