Fed Cup: Czechs In Charge; US, Japan Surprise
by Staff | February 9th, 2013, 11:36 pm

The Czech Republic opened their Fed Cup title defense today with two singles overmatching a worthy Australian team. Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova both registered straight set wins, beating Jarmila Gajdosova and Sam Stosur, respectively, to take a 2-0 lead in the tie held in Ostrava.

In the first match Sunday Kvitova meets Stosur with a chance to put the Aussies away.

The other three first round ties are even at 1-1. Italy and the US were tied after Sara Errani cruised past Jamie Hampton, 6-2, 6-1 before American Varvara Lepchenko stunned Roberta Vinci, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Russia-Japan and Serbia-Slovakia are also 1-1 heading into Sunday’s two singles then doubles.

Saturday Fed Cup Results:
Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 76(2) 63
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 76(6) 76(4)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) v Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS)

ITALY level with USA 1-1
Venue: 105 Stadium, Rimini, ITA (clay – indoors)
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Jamie Hampton (USA) 62 61
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 64 75
Sara Errani (ITA) v Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) v Jamie Hampton (USA)
Nastassja Burnett/Karin Knapp (ITA) v Liezel Huber/Melanie Oudin (USA)

RUSSIA level with JAPAN 1-1
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoors)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 76(3) 64
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
Margarita Gasparyan/Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Misaki Doi/Ayumi Morita (JPN)

SLOVAK REPUBLIC level with Serbia 1-1
Venue: Hala “CAIR”, Nis, SRB (hard – indoors)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 75 62
Vesna Dolonc (SRB) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 46 45 ret. (severe cramping)
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Vesna Dolonc (SRB) v Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
Vesna Dolonc/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Jana Cepelova/Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

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2 Comments for Fed Cup: Czechs In Charge; US, Japan Surprise

alison Says:

Congrats to our Brit girls Watson and Robson, on helping team GB reach the play offs to compete in Aprils fed cup world group 11.

Alok Says:

Nice win for Lepchenko over vinci, who’s a very tough customer. Too bad for the US that Stephens got injured and had to pull out. The captain should have used Madison Key instead of Hampton, or McHale, if they were available.

I think Italy had a stronger team when they had Penetta and Schiavone on the Fed cup team, but both ladies are now much older.

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