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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.

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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.

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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 »

February 8th, 2009

Weekend Wrap: Pennetta Flips Off Chair Ump; Gonzo, Cilic, Tsonga Win Titles

Watch for: (1) Roddick vs. Gulbis 2nd round; (7) Kunitsyn vs. Tommy Haas 2nd round; Chris “Penthouse” Guccione vs. Guillermo “The Juice” Canas 1st round, winner to face (4) Stepanek; all-American in Taylor Dent vs. Bobby Reynolds, winner to face (8) Ginepri; (6) Querrey vs. (WC) Marcos Baghdatis; (3) Blake vs. Vince “Ain’t Afraida Ya” Spadea; (5) Fish vs. Lleyton Hewitt, winner to possible face (WC) John Isner; Kei Nishikori vs. Gilles Muller, winner to face (2) del Potro.

Posted by Staff @ 10:24 pm in Tennis | 131 Comments »

January 28th, 2009

Venus, Serena Williams Pass on U.S. Fed Cup v Argentina

First-year captain Mary Joe Fernandez will defend U.S. turf with Bethanie Mattek, who is reportedly coming off an injury and missed the Australian Open after getting married, veteran Jill Craybas, rookie Melanie Oudin, and Liezel Huber in doubles with a partner to be named.

Posted by Staff @ 2:41 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

September 14th, 2008

Russia Wins Fed Cup, Jankovic Heads Strong Tokyo Field

HOW SOON WE FORGET: Max Eisenbud of IMG, Maria Sharapova’s manager: “The way women’s tennis is being played, if you’re not at least a six-footer and can’t hit hard and deep and never miss, you have no chance.” Uh, ever heard of Justine Henin? She was 5-foot-5 and was No. 1 by a mile before retiring earlier this year. Maybe Google her.

Posted by Staff @ 8:46 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

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3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
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5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
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