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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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Fed Cup Sunday: World Group II

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

So spare a thought for those ladies representing nations just outside the World Group and who spent this weekend battling to get back in – or at least a chance to play one of the World Group proper nations who lost this weekend to get back in. Clear? Good.

Australia 3 – Spain 2

After Sam Stosur took both her singles rubbers but neither Alicia Molik nor Casey Dellacqua could manage one between them, it came down to a live doubles rubber to decide the tie. Which is, as we all know, where scary Stubbsy lives and breathes. They won 6-4, 6-2.

Cute … although does anyone else think that Rennae is quite possibly the reason that Sam always looks ever-so-slightly scared?

Seriously want to go for a beer with this lot.

Poland 2 – Belgium 3

I said this match was one to look forward to. And I love being right. Wicky won it in the end, 16 76(6) 75, saving two match points to do it, but it was a proper epic contest. Radwanska was playing as well as I’ve ever seen her (and it’s good to be reminded just how well she can play when she wants to), but Yanina found her feet just enough in the second set to start causing Radwanska real problems, and the Pole was in the end powerless to figure out just how to deconstruct Wicky’s game when she was playing it with that much heart. Great stuff from them both but a truly courageous win for Yanina. I wonder if the ITF know exactly what they’ve created yet?

The tie, you would have thought, remained well within Poland’s reach, but Kirsten Flipkens had other ideas. She took down Marta Domachowska 63 76(6) to seal the tie for Belgium and put them within reach of the World Group in 2011.

Kim and Justine who?

Slovak Republic 3 – China 2

Didn’t watch a hit of this one, I’m afraid. All I know is that it ended the way it was kind of bound to, with no Li Na or Zheng Jie. And that Dominika Cibulkova’s on her way back.

And that Dani’s hair looks seriously silly.

Estonia 4 – Argentina 1

Where the hell was Gisela Dulko?

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