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Fed Cup Saturday

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

Early rounds of Fed Cup are just such a feast. I saw so much great tennis today.

Ukraine 1 – Italy 1

The Bondarenko girls, carrying the fate of the Ukraine on their shoulders, met with mixed fortunes today. Alona – a.k.a the Blondarenko – demolished a discombobulated Schiavone, 61 64, before Flavia Pennetta steadied the ship and took out the browner-enko in straights, evening up the tie heading into Sunday.

Czech Republic 1 – Germany 1

The intermittently-brilliant Anna-Lena Groenefeld demolished the fairly-invariably-awful Lucie Safarova, 62 62, before Petra Kvitova evened it up against Andrea Petkovic. Kvitova and Petkovic have had a couple of big wins each over the last year or so, but Kvitova was much the steadier against an inconsistent Petkovic. Good tie to keep an eye on tomorrow, I think.

Has a great twitter.

Has a great kit.

Serbia 1 – Russia 1

Woe for the hosts after a decidedly sub-par Ivanovic went down pretty tamely to a B-grade Kuznetsova, 61 64. Luckily for the home nation, foxy JJ in her red dress was up next; after getting in her own way for a set and a bit, she came within a point of going 1-5 down in the second before suddenly finding her feet and reeling off eleven straight games against a staggering Kleybanova to take the match 46 64 60 and leave the tie intriguingly poised (as Robbie and Jason would say).

France 0 – USA 2

Who here misses Alize Cornet? I mean the 2008 Alize Cornet, when emotional intensity was actually coupled to some sort of, you know, game. Now she’s like some psychological cloud of shrapnel, where her opponent’s best chance of beating her is to let her get ahead and then watch her implode, or failing that just turn up. Meaning no disrespect to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who beat her in straight sets and hockey socks too.

Melanie Oudin gave the US a 2-0 lead by beating Pauline Parmentier, who is inexplicably La Belle France‘s no. 2 player. They’re almost as good as us at eating their own young. Almost.

In World Group II action … Estonia and the Slovak Republic are both 2-0 up over Argentina and China respectively. Poland are 1-1 with Belgium heading in to the Agnieszka Radwanska-Yanina Wickmayer rubber, which I for one am eagerly anticipating. And Australia are 1-1 with Spain after events which I feel can be best demonstrated by the following photos of Casey Dellacqua.

And a good time was had by all.

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