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April 17th, 2016

Fed Cup Playoffs: Former Powerhouse Russia Out of World Group I, as is 4-time Champ Italy

The halcyon days of Russian Fed Cup are no more. With no players in the Top 30 representing, the Russians are pounded into zonal play by former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who won her first two singles matches before Belarus’ No. 100-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan to put Belarus into World Group I for 2017. It is the first time in Belarus Fed Cup history that they will advance into World Group I, and Russia drops to zonal play for the first time in 19 years.

Posted by Staff @ 5:59 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 17th, 2016

France v Czech in Fed Cup Final, Capsules; Falconi Wins Bogota

While doubles was not the 23-year-old Swiss Golubic’s forte, the No. 129-ranked player kept her team in the tie with two surprising singles wins over Pliskova and Strycova. The Czechs will travel to France for the final on Nov. 12-13.

Posted by Staff @ 5:55 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 31st, 2016

Fed Cup Capsules: Halep Skips Surgery To Compete, Bouchard And Radwanska Skip Out

This is a mouth-watering tie as Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky in singles, and Martina Hingis in doubles travel to take on Australian Open winner Angie Kerber and teammates Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Annika Beck on hardcourt.

Posted by Staff @ 12:46 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | Comments Off

November 15th, 2015

What Does the Czech Defeat of Russia Mean for Fed Cup and Sharapova?

Regardless, Sharapova watched it unfold from the bench with the requisite sadness and hugs.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:03 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 1 Comment »

November 9th, 2015

Sharapova in Fed Cup Russia at Czech Final a Potential Blockbuster

The Fed Cup will have a final this weekend worthy of the top international team tennis competition when the Czech Republic, winners of the competition in three of the last four years, host a loaded Russian team led by former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 6:27 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

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 »