U.S. Stumbles But Vandeweghe Leads to 1st Fed Cup Title in 17 Years
by Staff | November 12th, 2017, 4:31 pm
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Fed Cup and Davis Cup international play always brings out fervent home crowds, inspired play, and great underdog stories. Belarus threatened to become one of the biggest underdog stories on Sunday before the U.S. captured a Fed Cup record 18th title, its first in 17 years in Minsk, Belarus.


Despite no players in the Top 75 on their roster, and playing a U.S. team with a US Open champion and semifinalist, Belarus won two singles matches to force the deciding doubles. That’s where the U.S.’s CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers clinched it, beating Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final.

Both the No. 78-ranked teenager Sabalenka and the 23-year-old No. 87-ranked Sasnovich had beaten the U.S.’s Sloane Stephens in singles, while Vandeweghe kept the U.S. in the tie with two singles wins. Stephens on Sunday lost to Sasnovich 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 after serving for the match in the third set. The American is 0-6 in singles matches since winning the US Open.

It was the U.S.’s first appearance in a Fed Cup final since 2010 and its first title since 2000. It was Belarus’ first appearance in a Fed Cup final, driven throughout the year by former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who was forced to miss the final due to a child custody case.

Vandeweghe finished the year 8-0 in Fed Cup play, winning six singles matches and two doubles. This year she finished in the Top 10 for the first time in her career.

“Today was a lot of work and a lot of dedication to the Fed Cup in each and every round,” Vandeweghe said afterwards. “I dedicate my time and energy through my season to be able to perform the best I could for Team USA.”

For U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi it was a Fed Cup title in her first year.

“It’s unbelievable,” Rinaldi said. “What an amazing effort by all four players this week. It’s been incredible, the atmosphere is something special. It’s a day we’ll never forget.”


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6 Comments for U.S. Stumbles But Vandeweghe Leads to 1st Fed Cup Title in 17 Years

j-kath Says:

Obviously a lot of people are interested in this article.


Humble Rafa Says:

U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi

WTF?


RZ Says:

After having 4 American women in the U.S. Open semis, it’s nice to see the U.S. get the Fed Cup title. Coco Vandeweghe is the MVP of the U.S. Fed Cup team.

It’s been a pretty good year for U.S. tennis overall. 2 U.S. women won grand slams and 2 others were grand slam finalists; one U.S. man won a Master’s title, ended up in the top 10, and made it to the WTF; one U.S. man made the semis at Wimbledon. Also some doubles success too. It may not be the height of success that U.S. tennis has seen in the past, but it’s a lot of positives going into 2018.


RZ Says:

As for team Belarus, Sabalenka is going to be a force in the future. Lots of potential from her.


Pamela Says:

Yeah for Coco who is a local girl here in San Diego…. Looks like Sloane has the slam curse. She should have won the match and brought the americans to winning the trophy. she is playing like she was before she was injured. the sullen look, the lack of focus…. looked like she had it locked in and she somehow blew it in the 3rd set.. she was very close… who knows


Margot Says:

Yes RZ, it has been a very good year for US women’s tennis, and that without Serena too. I suppose you could say that men’s was….improving….


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