Archive for the 'Fed Cup' Category
November 9th, 2018
“It’s unusual — that never happened before,” captain Petr Pala said on losing his best two players. “But still I think we’re the favorites. I’m still very confident about my team.”
April 22nd, 2018
The Czechs are into their sixth Fed Cup final in the last eight years, winning in 2011-12 and 2014-16.
February 12th, 2018
In a tie filled with heroics, Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic came out on top, winning both her singles then the deciding doubles with countrywoman Amandine Hess to see France through to the semifinals.
April 22nd, 2017
Ilie Nastase just had the worst two days of his life.
February 12th, 2017
USTA does it again.
November 14th, 2016
“[It was] one of the best trophies I am going to win,” Pliskova said.
November 8th, 2016
The Czechs have nine Fed Cup titles, second behind the United State’s 17. They are looking to become the first country to win three straight titles since the reign of Spain behind Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez in 1993-95. France last won 13 years ago behind former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo for its second overall title.
September 21st, 2016
Neutral sites for finals? Best-of-3 Davis Cup matches? What fun is that?
April 17th, 2016
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.
April 17th, 2016
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.
February 7th, 2016
Yow! It’s the Fed Cup upset of the year, or century, as the unheralded Netherlands comes into Moscow and comes out with a win. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens upsets Ekaterina Makarova, and then No. 141-ranked Richel Hogenkamp ousts former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova 10-8 in the third. Bertens hands Kuznetsova another loss in the third match and it’s game over man — a 3-0 Dutch sweep.
January 31st, 2016
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.
November 15th, 2015
Regardless, Sharapova watched it unfold from the bench with the requisite sadness and hugs.
November 14th, 2015
Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova will try to win the Fed Cup this weekend.
November 9th, 2015
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.