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Three Times For The Ladies, Show Me Some Love

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

I just love Fed Cup photos.

Good luck getting the champagne out of your knickers, Kim.

Adorable Pavs.

Joyful Jarmila.

Quintessential Flavia.

Justine Henin: still retiring.

Boom boom pow.

Fed Cup faces.

It must be love.

Always have to do a double-take when I see Yanina smiling.

I could literally post pictures of Alize all day.

But I won’t.

And Sveta has the last word.

Posted in anastasia pavlyuchenkova, fed cup, flavia pennetta, francesca schiavone, jarmila groth, justine henin, kim clijsters, lucie safarova, petra kvitova, samantha stosur, svetlana kuznetsova, yanina wickmayer | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Fed Cup Results: Italy, Russia, Czech Republic & Belgium Kick Ass

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

Italy 4 – Australia 1

Jarmila Groth d. Francesca Schiavone, 67(4) 63 63
Flavia Pennetta d. Samantha Stosur, 76(5) 67(5) 64
Francesca Schiavone d. Samantha Stosur, 76(1) 36 75
Flavia Pennetta d. Jarmila Groth, 63 62
Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci d. Anastasia Rodionova / Rennae Stubbs, 26 76(1) 64

Woe for the home side in Hobart as Italy, once again, are just Too Good. Do you really think they’ll lose at all this year? After Jarka Groth’s surprise win over Francesca Schiavone in the first rubber, it was all downhill from there; Sam Stosur’s career writ large as she allowed winnable matches over first Pennetta and then Schiavone to slip away in a series of poor tiebreaks and timidity at crucial moments.

As for the Italians, Pennetta kept the tie rolling and was the backbone of the team, while Schiavone – visibly still suffering the after-effects of her Australian Open run – came up with some inspired play  to see off Stosur in the crucial third rubber.

Warriors. Then Rennae Stubbs bade farewell to Fed Cup. There were tears and a plastic kangaroo.

See you in the commentary box.

Russia 3 – France 2

Alize Cornet d. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 36 63 64
Virginie Razzano d. Maria Sharapova, 63 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Alize Cornet, 36 63 62
Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Virginie Razzano, 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Julie Coin / Alize Cornet, 76(4) 60

Oh, Alize Cornet. What a rollercoaster you are. After slumping horrifically following some agonizing Fed Cup losses, you finally win your first ever live rubber – against Kuznetsova, no less – and go a set up against Pavlyuchenkova, on the brink of victory for your country. Then …

Pavlyuchenkova, subbed in for a possibly-injured, definitely-quite-useless Maria Sharapova, comes back and wins the match, letting Kuznetsova tie it up over Razzano. And then to add insult to insult, they pair up to win the tie in the doubles against … Alize Cornet.

Conclusion: never count on Alize Cornet, Pavs kicks Fed Cup ass, Sharapova’s still on the rocks, and Sveta is god.

Slovak Republic 2 – Czech Republic 3

Quite the performance from team dead-eyed lefty weapons of mass destruction, as I like to think of them. Between them, Safarova and Kvitova demolished Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova (twice) to take an unassailable 3-0 lead with more than a touch of WHAM! SPLAT! KABLAMMO! about it – and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Both were brilliant, so we can forgive them for letting the dead rubbers slide. Slovakia were simply outgunned.

 

 

 

Also, their kits are dead pretty.

Belgium 4 – USA 1

Yanina Wickmayer d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 61 76(6)
Kim Clijsters d. Melanie Oudin, 60 64
Kim Clijsters d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 67(10) 62 61
Yanina Wickmayer d. Melanie Oudin, 62 60
Liezel Huber / Vania King d. Kirsten Flipkens / An-Sophie Mestach, 63 75

We don’t really need to go into it, do we?

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It Wouldn’t Be Fed Cup Without Random Picspam.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 5, 2011

Team bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Team wholesome.

Team not-remotely-wholesome-but-damn.

Team got-dressed-in-the-dark.

Team hot captain.

Team of contrasts.

Team words of wisdom.

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Fed Cup First Round Preview

Posted by gauloises1 on February 5, 2011

Italy v Australia

H2H: 0-5

Venue: Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart, Australia

Italy (defending champions): Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Corrado Barrazzutti (captain)

Australia: Samantha Stosur, Jarmila Groth, Anastasia Rodionova, Rennae Stubbs, David Taylor (captain)

Saturday OOP: Groth v Schiavone, Pennetta v Stosur

Russia v France

H2H: 5-3

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia

Russia: Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Dinara Safina, Shamil Tarpischev (captain)

France: Alize Cornet, Virginie Razzano, Pauline Parmentier, Julie Coin, Nicolas Escude (captain) 

Saturday OOP: Kuznetsova v Cornet, Sharapova v Razzano

Slovak Republic v Czech Republic

H2H: 0-3

Venue: Sibamac Arena, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Slovak Republic: Daniela Hantuchova, Dominika Cibulkova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Jana Cepelova, Matej Liptak (captain)

Czech Republic: Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Zahlalova Strycova, Kveta Peschke, Petr Pala (captain)

Saturday OOP: Hantuchova v Safarova, Cibulkova v Kvitova

Belgium v USA

H2H: 1-5

Venue: Sportpalais Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium: Kim Clijsters, Yanina Wickmayer, Kirsten Flipkens, An-Sophie Mestach, Sabine Appelmans (captain)

U.S.A: Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Melanie Oudin, Vania King, Liezel Huber, Mary Joe Fernandez (captain)

Saturday OOP: Wickmayer v Mattek-Sands, Clijsters v Oudin

It’s going to be a good weekend …

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One in the Eye.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 4, 2011

Great Britain’s Fed Cup team, led by mini powerhouse Heather Watson, have successfully avoided becoming any worse at Fed Cup. Hooray!

Team GB faced Denmark today in a bid to avoid a relegation play-off in the Europe/Africa Group I tie in Eilat. Both teams had lost to Switzerland (led by Patty Schnyder and Timea Bacsinszky), so the loser of this tie had to face a relegation play-off. Amazingly, said team is not Great Britain. After Anne Keothavong lost to Wozniacki 60 62, Watson came back to beat Karen Barbat (no. 543), and then Watson teamed up with Jocelyn Rae to beat Wozniacki and her compatriot Mai Grage 57 75 75 in the deciding doubles – during which, apparently, Watson managed to hit Wozniacki rather hard in the eye, incurring an MTO. UPDATE: courtesy of Miss Wozniacki’s own twitter, there is video here.

Fortunately Wozniacki’s main concern as expressed via twitter seems to be the possibility of a black eye, so I think we can assume she’s OK. Unfortunately Serena is on the case. I hope our Heather doesn’t get a bad rep for this one.

You can catch up on the full results so far from Eilat here. As I understand it, Switzerland will take on the Netherlands, and Poland will take on Belarus in the semi-finals. (Thanks Christina.)

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Fed Cup: The Green/Blue/Red Grass/Hard/Clay of Home

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Italy will face the US in a repeat of last year’s Fed Cup final after the doubles pairing of Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the deciding rubber against Russia’s Elena Dementieva and Alla Kudryavtseva.

USA 3 – Russia 2

A well-deserved flag-bearing role for Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Heading into Sunday, the tie was poised 1-1 with Melanie Oudin and Elena Dementieva winning in straights on the opening day. But Demmy once again proved her Fed Cup credentials by recovering from a bizarre second-set bagel to take the match 63 in the third.

Fed Cup singles debutante Ekaterina Makarova was unable to close out the tie, however, falling to Mattek-Sands in a three-set defeat that left her in tears.

The devastated Makarova was benched for the doubles in favour of Alla Kudryavtseva and the gamble did not pay off, with the Russians never really in the match that Mattek-Sands and Huber won comfortably, 63 61, to kick off the celebrations in Alabama.

Congratulations indeed. Russia may not exactly have fielded their strongest team, but given the continuing and high-profile absences from the American team, it speaks volumes for their camaraderie and commitment that they’ve made their second Fed Cup final in as many years.

Unfortunately, unless something drastic changes, it’s hard to see the final going differently this time than it did in 2009. Admittedly the US will be the hosts and have a choice of surface, but it’s hard to see hard courts as disadvantaging the Italians, and Schiavone at least is no slouch on grass. And the final is right after the year-end championships, so those high-profile absences are probably set to continue. Basically I’m saying we can expect to see more of this:

And why not? Love those two.

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Fed Cup: Sums It Up

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

JJ might not have had the best weekend, what with playing through a wrist injury, losing to Daniela Hantuchova and then dropping the deciding doubles together with Jovanovski. But you know what? She’s still awesome.

Fortunately, she had a devoted fan following to support her:

My thoughts exactly.

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Fed Cup: Warrior Princesses

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

A little shout-out to some of the performers of the weekend.

How about Fed Cup debutante and recent Australian Anastasia Rodionova, who came back from a bagel to defeat Alona Bondarenko and take the legs out from under the Ukraine team?

Or little Bojana Jovanovski, who beat Magdalena Rybarikova to keep the tie alive?

Sam didn’t face the highest quality of opponents, but gets the nod for delivering two singles points for her team under pressure.

Daniela Hantuchova beat Jovanovski, notched up another victory over JJ in the singles, then teamed up with Magdalena Rybarikova to clich the tie in the doubles. Good girl.

And my lovely Wicky, after being effectively demoted for the comebackers, turned out to be the heroine. She did what Henin and Clijsters between them couldn’t and took two singles points, clinching the tie for Belgium.

Poor Andrea Petkovic. She played so well against Parmentier and then upset Rezai for Germany’s second point, only for a woeful performance with Barrois in the doubles to lose the tie and leave her in tears.

It would be remiss of me, however, not to recognise the fact that Coin and Cornet put in a fantastic performance when it counted.

It would also be remiss of me not to call attention to the hotness of Nicolas Escude.

Consider it done.

Posted in alize cornet, anastasia rodionova, andrea petkovic, bojana jovanovski, daniela hantuchova, fed cup, julie coin, samantha stosur, yanina wickmayer | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Fed Cup: Slightly Unconvincing

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Bless the Belgian Fed Cup team. One big happy family …

… that like most families, slightly hates each other:

Posted in fed cup, justine henin, kim clijsters, kirsten flipkens, yanina wickmayer | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Fed Cup Semi-finals: The Italian Job

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Italy 5 – Czech Republic 0

Can anyone stop this Italian team? I’m completely serious. Flavia Pennetta wasn’t even at her best this weekend; she struggled mightily against Lucie Hradecka on Saturday, well down in both sets before coming back to win in straights, 64 75. Luckily she has support from Francesca Schiavone, who popped up to beat Lucie Safarova 60 62 and put Italy well ahead.

The Czech Republic pinned its hopes on Lucie Safarova’s 2-0 record against Pennetta, but unfortunately she injured herself during the warm-up and had to be replaced by Petra Kvitova, who was unable to stop Italy sealing the deal 3-0. Cue the celebrations.

The US and Russia are locked in a deciding fifth rubber right this now, but whoever wins will host Italy at home. And will have their work seriously cut out for them.

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