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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 »

February 7th, 2010

Fed Cup Semis Set: U.S. v Russia, Italy v Czechs

In the semifinals the U.S. will host Russia in April after the Russians defeated Serbia 3-2. In the deciding doubles match Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alisa Kleybanova defeated Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-4 to advance.

Posted by Staff @ 11:21 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 31st, 2010

Previews: ATP Zagreb, Joburg, Santiago; Fed Cup

Notes: Croats Cilic, Ljubicic, Karlovic among seeds; Cilic could face Crazi Dani 2nd rd.; (4) Troicki opens against Schuettler, and (2) Ljubicic vs. Clement; Cilic beat Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic in last year’s all-Croat final; Ljubicic won in 2006.

Posted by Staff @ 12:08 am in Tennis | Comments Off

November 8th, 2009

Italy Pummels U.S. in Fed Cup Final; Tennis-X Notes

“It’s a very nice feeling. We worked hard to get to this point, finally we made it,” Pennetta said. “In the beginning of the week everyone expected so many things…now we are 3-0 and we can enjoy it.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

April 27th, 2009

Serbia Behind Ivanovic and Jankovic Joins Fed Cup World Group, Plans Domination

Indeed, the high-powered Serb team would be a favorite in virtually any situation, and would be favorites to humble even last weekend’s World Group semifinalists, the underpowered U.S. and Czech Republic teams, and the scrappy Italians and the injury-ravaged Russian squad. Last weekend the U.S., without the Williams sisters, and Italy advanced to the Fed Cup final.

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 am in Tennis | Comments Off

April 25th, 2009

Kuznetsova, Chakvetadze Fold as Italians Take 2-0 Fed Cup Lead

Apparently not expected enough. Although the Russian squad had a better part of a week to train in the conditions, Kuznetsova also complained about the court. Blowing away Schiavone 6-1 in the first, Kuznetsova nonetheless blamed the court and alternating sunny/shady weather after letting the Italian back in the match before losing 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Posted by Staff @ 5:48 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

April 23rd, 2009

Yawn, it’s the Fed Cup Semifinals!

Nine of the current Top 10 on the WTA rankings are American, Russian or Serb players.

Posted by Staff @ 3:00 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 1 Comment »

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2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
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5 Andy Murray5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 David Ferrer8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 Tomas Berdych9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Marin Cilic10 Andrea Petkovic
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