Serena, Kenin, Osaka In Action This Weekend During Fed Cup Qualifiers
by Staff | February 7th, 2020, 11:46 pm
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The ITF has today announced the draws for the eight ties in the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers taking place on 7-8 February.

This weekend’s ties will each be played over five matches, with each match being best-of-three tiebreak sets. On Friday, the home nation’s No. 1 player will play against the away nation’s No. 2 player and vice versa. On Saturday, the reverse singles matches will take place, followed by a doubles match.

The 16 teams in action this weekend are competing to secure a place at the first-ever Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest, Hungary on 14-19 April.

The eight winning nations this weekend will join 2019 champions France, runners-up Australia, wild card Czech Republic and host nation Hungary in the Finals – making up the field of 12 teams. The draw for the Finals will take place on Tuesday 11 February in Budapest.

For many top players, by participating in the Fed Cup, they will become eligible to compete at the upcoming summer Olympics.

FED CUP QUALIFYING ROUND
USA v LATVIA
Venue: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, USA (hard – indoor)
Sofia Kenin (USA) v Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
Serena Williams (USA) v Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
Sofia Kenin (USA) v Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
Serena Williams (USA) v Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Alison Riske (USA) v Jelena Ostapenko/Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)

NETHERLANDS v BELARUS
Venue: Sportcampus Zuiderpark, The Hague, NED (clay – indoor)
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove/Demi Schuurs (NED) v Olga Govortsova/Lidziya Marozava (BLR)

ROMANIA v RUSSIA
Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)
Elena Gabriela Ruse (ROU) v Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)
Ana Bogdan (ROU) v Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
Ana Bogdan (ROU) v Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)
Elena Gabriela Ruse (ROU) v Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
Irina Maria Bara/Raluca Olaru (ROU) v Anna Blinkova/Anna Kalinskaya (RUS)

BRAZIL v GERMANY
Venue: Costão do Santinho Resort, Florianópolis SC, BRA (clay – outdoor)
Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Laura Siegemund (GER)
Gabriela Ce (BRA) v Tatjana Maria (GER)
Gabriela Ce (BRA) v Laura Siegemund (GER)
Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Tatjana Maria (GER)
Laura Pigossi/Luisa Stefani (BRA) v Anna-Lena Friedsam/Antonia Lottner (GER)

SPAIN v JAPAN
Venue: Centro de Tenis La Manga Club, Cartagena, Murcia, ESP (clay – outdoor)
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) v Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Naomi Osaka (JPN)
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) v Misaki Doi (JPN)
Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Georgina Garcia-Perez (ESP) v Shuko Aoyama/Ena Shibahara (JPN)

SWITZERLAND v CANADA
Venue: Swiss Tennis Arena, Biel, SUI (hard – indoor)
Jil Teichmann (SUI) v Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)
Belinda Bencic (SUI) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Belinda Bencic (SUI) v Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)
Jil Teichmann (SUI) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Viktorija Golubic/Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v Bianca Andreescu/Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)

BELGIUM v KAZAKHSTAN
Venue: SC Lange Munte, Kortrijk, BEL (hard – indoor)
Elise Mertens (BEL) v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) v Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
Elise Mertens (BEL) v Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) v Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
Kirsten Flipkens/Greet Minnen (BEL) v Anna Danilina/Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

SLOVAKIA v GREAT BRITAIN
Venue: AXA Arena NTC, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Heather Watson (GBR)
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) v Harriet Dart (GBR)
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) v Heather Watson (GBR)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Harriet Dart (GBR)
Viktoria Kuzmova/Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Naiktha Bains/Emma Raducanu (GBR)


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