France Shocks in Fed Cup; Gasquet Leads ATP Winners
by Staff | February 8th, 2015, 11:01 pm

Fed Cup World Group I Results

Czech Republic d. Canada 4-0
With Genie Bouchard abandoning the Canadians, the Czech “B” team of Karolina Pliskova and Tereza Smitkova fail to drop a set, advancing to the semifinals against France.
“I’m really happy I did the two points because I was a little bit nervous before the weekend,” Pliskova said. “I didn’t know that much what to expect from myself because I never played Fed Cup.” The Czechs will meet France in the semis.

France d. Italy 3-2
An astounding comeback from 0-2 down, with Kristina Mladenovic upsetting Sara Errani, Caroline Garcia beating Camila Giorgi in three, and Garcia/Mladenovic clinching it with a decisive 6-1, 6-2 win over the powerhouse doubles team of Errani and Roberta Vinci.

“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.”

Russia d. Poland 4-0
Svetlana Kuznetsova started the Russian roll with a three-set win over Aggie Radwanska, then Maria Sharapova defeated Urszula Radwanska then Aggie to clinch it for the Russians and set up a semifinal against Germany.

“I was playing in Krakow in front of Aga’s family and all her supporters in Poland,” Sharapova said. “It’s a difficult match with her coach on the bench as well so it’s like everything was against me today.”

Germany d. Australia 4-1
It looked good for the Aussies when Jarmila Gajdosova upset Angie Kerber in three, but the Germans won the next three in rollicking fashion to clinch when Andrea Petkovic beat Sam Stosur 12-10 in the third, Kerber beat Stosur, and Petkovic beat Gajdosova 8-6 in the third.

“In the second set the fatigue came,” Petkovic said. “I tried to tell myself in the third set and play point-by-point and to not let the pain get to me and that’s what I did.”

Fed Cup Group II Results

The Netherlands d. Slovakia 4-1
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova put Slovakia up 1-0 with a win over Kiki Bertens, but the Dutchwomen swept the next three when Arantxa Rus beat Magdalena Rybarikova, Bertens beat Rybarikova 6-1 in the third, then Rus beat Schmiedlova in three.

Romania d. Spain 3-2
Simona Halep was upset by Garbine Muguruza in the third singles match, leaving it to Irina-Camelia Begu to be the hero. Begu in the fourth singles beat Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then in the doubles teamed with Monica Niculescu to top Anibel Medina Garrigues and Muguruza from a set down to clinch.

Switzerland d. Sweden 3-1
Two wins from Timea Bacsinszky and one from Belinda Bencic without dropping a set advance Switzerland to a shot at the World Group I.

USA d. Argentina 4-1
Coco Vandeweghe is inserted into the singles line-up on Day 2, losing to Paula Ormaechea in straight sets, but otherwise two wins from Venus Williams and one from Serena put the U.S. in position to potentially regain a spot in the World Group I later this year.

Gasquet Wins 3rd Open Sud de France ATP Crown

No. 4-seeded Richard Gasquet was handed the ATP Montpellier title on Sunday when opponent and No. 5 seed Jerzy Janowicz retired in the final with illness, with Gasquet leading 3-0 in the first set.

It was the third career Open Sud de France title for the Frenchman, and his first title since 2013. Janowicz said he came down with the flu two days prior.

“I knew he was sick when we were warming up,” Gasquet said. “I saw very quickly at the beginning of the match that he couldn’t play at all. Anything can happen, so even though I knew he was sick, I stayed focused.”

Estrella Burgos at 34 Upsets F-Lo for 1st ATP Title

No. 8-seeded Victor Estrella Burgos became the oldest first-time title winner on the ATP World Tour on Sunday after upsetting top-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-6(5) in the final of the Ecuador Open Quito in Ecuador.

The Dominican world No. 73 also reached the doubles final, falling with partner Joao Souza to Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko. Lopez fell to 4-8 in career singles finals.

“I’ve won Challengers here,” Estrella Burgos said. “In the third set I was up a break, and I didn’t manage the nerves well. I got a little bit nervous, but thanks to God, I relaxed a bit in the tiebreak.”

G-Lo Beats Seppi for Zagreb Title

No. 3-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated No. 5 Andreas Seppi 7-6(4), 6-3, on Sunday for the PBZ Zagreb Indoors title in Croatia.

The 31-year-old Spaniard beat Seppi for the first time in five meetings, winning his career fourth title. Seppi fell to 3-4 in career finals.

“This is only my fourth title during my whole career so of course it was an emotional moment,” G-Lo said. “I was thinking about those moments when you are working hard, practicing a lot, spending a lot of hours on court.”


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2 Comments for France Shocks in Fed Cup; Gasquet Leads ATP Winners

Giles Says:

Well done Richie.

jane Says:

mauresmo must be feeling pleased, first with andy’s run to the AO finals and now this surprising upset.

congrats to all the winners – including reeshard.

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