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April 19th, 2015

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

“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.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:59 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 8th, 2015

France Shocks in Fed Cup; Gasquet Leads ATP Winners

“I was either going to be a genius or a nonsense captain,” Mauresmo said. “I took the decision to play Kristina because I knew she had the game to beat Errani. We knew the tactics and she was able to deliver on the court which is always the toughest thing to do.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:01 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 7th, 2015

Bouchard Not Beholden, Blows Off Tennis Canada and Fed Cup Team

“A little bit of a surprise,” he said. “You know, I had a feeling she would play.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:53 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 29 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Bryans, Vekic Claim Tennis Titles; Fed Cup Shockers

The French send the U.S. out of the World Group I for 2015 behind singles wins by France’s Caroline Garcia over Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and Garcia winning the doubles with veteran Virginie Razzano over the doubles-challenged Keys/Stephens. France was 1-12 against the U.S. entering the tie.

Posted by Staff @ 9:11 pm in Fed Cup, Monte Carlo, Tennis | 6 Comments »

April 13th, 2014

WTA Moves to Punish Fed Cup Tennis; Kuala Lumpur Preview

That’s less a WTA event and more like a thrown-together f-you to the ITF.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:42 pm in Fed Cup, ITF, Tennis, WTA, WTA Tour | 1 Comment »

February 9th, 2014

Weekend Wrap: ATP, Fed Cup Winners and Losers

The Italian “B” squad routed the favored U.S. “B” squad, and advanced to the semifinals to face the winner of the unfinished Spain vs. Czech Republic meeting. Spain leads 1-0 as rain held up weekend play.

Posted by Staff @ 11:37 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

February 3rd, 2014

Fed Cup Previews: U.S., Italian, Russian Teams Say ‘No Thanks’

Russian tennis was crumbling even before legendary captain Shamil Tarpischev bailed out last year in favor of new Russian captain Anastasia Myskina. The iron-handed Tarpischev always seemed to pull together the top Russians, as evident by Fed Cup titles in four of five years from 2004-08. But over the last few years, due to payout squabbles and changes in the Russian sports hierarchy, Russian Fed Cup has become a joke. All the top Russian players have again blown off this tie for Mother Russia, and the rookie captain Myskina now has at her disposal Victoria Kan (ranked No. 160), Irina Khromacheva (240), Valeria Solovyeva (247), and Veronika Kudermetova (689) in her first tie as captain. Good luck with that. Australia will post with their top player and former Slam winner Sam Stosur, in addition to Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty, and will ease into the semifinals. This is an “F” on the watchability report card.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:14 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

February 11th, 2013

Nadal Loses; Fed Cup Wrap; Gasquet Remains Hot

Varvara Lepchenko keeps the U.S. in it with two singles wins, but the Americans, without the Williams sisters or the injured Sloane Stephens, get scrubbed in the deciding doubles 6-2, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 11:08 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 20th, 2012

Serbia v Russia Headlines Fed Cup Weekend

Serbia will front two former No. 1s in Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, while Russia counters with former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova appearing in her fifth tie.

Posted by Staff @ 11:47 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

August 14th, 2011

Djokovic, Serena Capture Canadian Open Titles; Tennis-X Notes

Best headline of the week from Canada’s National Post: “Anderson drops a piano on Murray at Rogers Cup”…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 36 Comments »

April 18th, 2011

U.S. Women’s Tennis Makes Embarrassing Exit from Fed Cup World Group [Opinion]

Mattek-Sands was injured, but clay is her worst surface. The Williams sisters never play Fed Cup, and they only would have played this tie to maintain their Olympics eligibility. Venus Williams reportedly retained her eligibility for the Olympics by hopping on the plane to Stuttgart and sitting in the stands for the U.S. How sad is that?

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:22 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 16 Comments »

November 7th, 2010

Too Much Too Soon for Rookie as U.S. Loses Fed Cup Final to Italy

Fernandez took a chance on Vandeweghe after a reportedly bad practice week from Melanie Oudin. Oudin has had a down year since her quarterfinal breakthrough at the US Open last year. Fernandez benched Oudin on Saturday, then on Sunday Oudin showed her veteran composure by not only upsetting Top 10er Francesca Schiavone but blowing out the Italian, allowing her only four games.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:43 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 13 Comments »

November 6th, 2010

U.S. Down 0-2 After Mattek-Sands Loss in Fed Cup Final

U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez will have to choose between the overwhelmed Coco Vanderweghe and Melanie Oudin, who was benched from the first day for a poor practice week, in the first match on Sunday.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:22 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 1 Comment »

November 6th, 2010

Vandeweghe Loses to Schiavone in Fed Cup Final Opener; Mattek-Sands Next

Vandeweghe is much like Oudin when she first appeared on tour — not in the best of shape, with a bit of a “gut” visible, and a poor mover. That changed for Oudin when she worked with her trainers to erase the extra body fat and gain speed. Hopefully that is ahead for Vandeweghe, and not just a reliance on a thumping serve and forehand.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:38 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 25th, 2010

U.S. Comes From Behind to Defeat Russia, Gain Fed Cup Final

On the opening day Saturday Melanie Oudin defeated Kudryavtseva, then the Russian Dementieva evening the tie at 1-1 with a straight-set win over Mattek-Sands. On Sunday in the opener Oudin failed to match her heroics at the US Open where she defeated Dementieva, falling to the Russian despite winning the second set 6-0.

Posted by Staff @ 9:33 pm in Tennis | 20 Comments »

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