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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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RG Day Four: Some Stuff

Posted by gauloises1 on May 27, 2010

Lovely Andrea Petkovic led by a set, 5-4 and 40-0 against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

She lost.

Robin dropped just two games to Taylor Dent and looks to be on awesome form (oh please, let that be true!)

Aravane literally doesn’t know the meaning of backing off, and it’s working for her as she survived a tough challenge from Angelique Kerber.

This guy’s playing. In case you didn’t know.

This girl’s playing. In case you care.

Marin is into the third round after playing a mere seven sets. Weird.

The more I have to listen to male journalists snigger and judge about Venus’ dress, the more I love it. Sod them all, she looks amazing.

Say hello to Julian Reister. Before this tournament, he’d played three ATP matches in his career and lost them all. Now he’s beaten Feliciano Lopez and Olivier Rochus and he’s in the third round of Roland Garros. And stuff like this is why I love Slams.

Jo meanwhile put in a beatdown on good buddy Josselin Ouanna …

… and Flavia did the same for Roberta Vinci.

ATP

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d A Falla (COL) 76(4) 62 64
[4] A Murray (GBR) vs J Chela (ARG) 62 33 – play suspended
[5] R Soderling (SWE) d T Dent (USA) 60 61 61
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d J Ouanna (FRA) 60 61 64
[10] M Cilic (CRO) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 76(4) 62
[11] M Youzhny (RUS) d L Lacko (SVK) 67(8) 63 63 62
[12] T Berdych (CZE) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 75 61 64
F Fognini (ITA) vs [13] G Monfils (FRA) 26 46 75 64 55 – play suspended
[17] J Isner (USA) vs M Chiudinelli (SUI) 67(3) 55 – play suspended
[20] S Wawrinka (SUI) d A Beck (GER) 61 64 64
M Granollers (ESP) vs [25] M Baghdatis (CYP) 46 61 75 – play suspended
[29] A Montanes (ESP) d T Kamke (GER) 63 62 61
T de Bakker (NED) d [32] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 36 76(5) 75
L Mayer (ARG) d J Benneteau (FRA) 67(4) 63 64 64
V Troicki (SRB) d C Ball (AUS) 64 63 63
J Reister (GER) d O Rochus (BEL) 62 62 76(5)

Singles – First Round
X Malisse (BEL) d S Greul (GER) 64 76(7) 64

Doubles – First Round
[5] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) d J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) 63 62
[9] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d R de Voest (RSA) / D Tursunov (RUS) 63 46 62
[10] J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR) d A Clement (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 75 76(0)
S Gonzalez (MEX) / T Rettenmaier (USA) d [14] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 64 64
B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) d [16] E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) 63 57 64
S Greul (GER) / P Luczak (AUS) d J Marray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 64 63
J Erlich (ISR) / D Sela (ISR) d S Prieto (ARG) / K Vliegen (BEL) 76(2) 76(4)
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) 75 63
D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) d M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 61 63
O Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) / D Istomin (UZB) d V Hanescu (ROU) / G Trifu (ROU) 67(4) 61 75
M Lopez (ESP) / P Riba (ESP) d J Eysseric (FRA) / B Paire (FRA) 62 64
V Troicki (SRB) / D Vemic (SRB) d J Coetzee (RSA) / A Seppi (ITA) 63 64

WTA

Singles – Second Round
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 64
(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 63 61
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 46 75 64
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 61
(15) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 26 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 61 62
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (24) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 61 62
(26) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 46 62 60
(30) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 63 63
(31) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 64 62
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 76(2) 62
(Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 36 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(7) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Rosolska/Shvedova (POL/KAZ) 76(4) 64
(10) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Amanmuradova/Voskoboeva (UZB/KAZ) 61 61
(12) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 60 61
(13) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Chuang/Molik (TPE/AUS) 76(2) 63
(14) Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. Poutchek/Senoglu (BLR/TUR) 67(5) 76(3) 64
(16) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Bammer/Barrois (AUT/GER) 64 61
Safina/Szavay (RUS/HUN) d. Baltacha/Dekmeijere (GBR/LAT) 61 61
Niculescu/Peer (ROU/ISR) d. (WC) Lefèvre/Védy (FRA/FRA) 64 63
Gallovits/Oudin (ROU/USA) d. Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) 63 62
King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. Olaru/Savchuk (ROU/UKR) 64 63
Brianti/Dulgheru (ITA/ROU) d. Craybas/Pavlyuchenkova (USA/RUS) 61 64

Suspended due to darkness
Jurak/Martic (CRO/CRO) vs. (WC) Feuerstein/Foretz (FRA/FRA) 67(6) 62

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WTA Week Now: Barcelona, Charleston

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Those damn Mondays do creep up …

Barcelona

Draw here.

Top seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Aravane Rezai, Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, Maria Kirilenko

Only two matches were completed today due to rain, with Sorana Cirstea and Kristina Barrois both progressing.

Singles – First Round
(5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 64 76(6)
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 75 62

Suspended due to rain
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. (WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 46 64 22

Doubles – First Round
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Rosolska/Zalameda (POL/USA) 75 60
Benesova/Foretz (CZE/CAN) d. (WC) Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio (ESP/ESP) 76(2) 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (8) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 60 26 75
Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 57 64 61
Sílvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62
Simona Halep (ROU) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 61 62

Charleston

Happy days. Draw here.

Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, Daniela Hantuchova

So far: nice win for Christina McHale.

Singles – First Round
(9) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Julie Ditty (USA) 64 62
(12) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Lilia Osterloh (USA) 63 76(9)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 75 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Alison Riske (USA) 62 64
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 61 62
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 64 75
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 16 62 63
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 62 46 63
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. (WC) Mallory Cecil (USA) 60 64
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 64 61
Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 63
(Q) Catalina Castaño (COL) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 62
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 36 76(4) 63

Doubles – First Round
Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) d. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) 63 64
King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. Dekmeijere/Schnyder (LAT/SUI) 62 61

Tuesday’s OOP brought to you by Sorana’s rain dance.

Barcelona

Centre (from 10.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (tbc)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
4. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alberta Brianti
5. Simona Halep vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
6. Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro vs. Daniilidou/Woehr (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Aravane Rezai
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
3. Maria Kirilenko vs. Masa Zec Peskiric
4. Malek/Petkovic vs. Cirstea/Dulko
5. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Poutchek/Senoglu

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Gisela Dulko vs. Sara Errani
2. Sílvia Soler Espinosa vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
3. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Alizé Cornet
4. Lucie Safarova vs. Regina Kulikova

Court 9 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Petra Kvitova vs. Iveta Benesova
2. Lucie Hradecka vs. Tathiana Garbin
3. Errani/Vinci vs. Barrois/Olaru (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Kondratieva/Shvedova vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja
5. Niculescu/Shaughnessy vs. Jans/Uhlirova

Charleston

Stadium (from 10.00hrs)
1. Shenay Perry vs. Peng Shuai
2. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Edina Gallovits vs. Jelena Jankovic
4. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Samantha Stosur
5. Jill Craybas vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Huber/Petrova vs. Rodionova/Rodionova

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Heather Watson vs. Elena Vesnina
2. Julia Goerges vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3. Rossana de los Ríos vs. Vera Zvonareva
4. Peng/Vesnina vs. Ejdesgaard/Wozniacki

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Monique Adamczak vs. Virginie Razzano
2. Vera Dushevina vs. Olga Govortsova
3. Anastasia Rodionova vs. Vania King
4. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Catalina Castaño

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Carly Gullickson
2. Melinda Czink vs. Michaella Krajicek
3. Bondarenko/Voskoboeva vs. Makarova/Pelletier

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Fed Cup Final: Forza Italia!

Posted by gauloises1 on November 9, 2009

No last-minute miracle for Team U.S.A. Flavia Pennetta clinched the tie 3-0 by beating Melanie Oudin, 75 62, and Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani beat Vania King and Liesel Huber for a perfect 4-0 scoreline. Let’s hear it for the ladies bringing home Italy’s second Fed Cup. Not bad for a country who celebrated its first WTA top-tenner this year.

italy fans

(My Italian dream involves climbing trees to shout ‘Courage and love!’ and then getting kissed in a field of violets on a Tuscan hillside, but each to their own.)

I didn’t see the match in its entirety, but on watching the highlights, it seems to me that Pennetta just turned in a dominating performance. Credit to Oudin, who fought hard, but Flavia simply didn’t let her in to the point where she could dictate the match. It’s no mean feat, especially as her reaction afterwards showed how much the victory meant to her.

flavia pennetta celebrates

flavia pennetta

flavia pennetta italian flag

Fantastic for Flavia to seal the deal, but it was a team effort and it seemed like everybody there knew it.

team italy

A lot of teeth in that team.

pennetta schiavone vinci

Flavs and Schiavs warm my heart.

italian victory lap

This should be painted in oils.

corrado barazzutti

Give it up for Corrado Barrazzutti, the man with the unspelleable surname and solid teamwork ethic.

francesca schiavone flavia pennetta

I’m told they’re running away from champagne. This concept eludes me.

flavia pennetta and father oronzo

It wobbles my lip that Flavs brought on her dad.

team usa trophies

Melanie’s not impressed. But Vania’s just happy to be included.

team italy trophies

pennetta schiavone trophy

Love.

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Fed Cup: Italy Take 2-0 Lead

Posted by gauloises1 on November 8, 2009

The U.S.A’s chance of an upset would seem to be vanishingly small after Italy won both their opening singles rubbers to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. But then, stranger things have happened …

italy and the us line up

First up, Alexa Glatch against Flavia Pennetta. Glatch was the one who knocked out Flavia Pennetta in the opening round of Roland Garros (and I remember commenting then that it was quite the impressive Fed Cup audition). However, Pennetta was reportedly sick on that occasion and it was a different story today as Flavia was on totally dominant form, smacking down Glatch 63 61 for the first point.

flavia pennetta

alexa glatch mjf

flavia pennetta celebrates4

pennetta celebrates with teammates

It was the turn of Melanie Oudin and Francesca Schiavone next, and the youngster made an impressive start, quickly breaking Schiavone to go 4-2 up when the skies opened and the match was rained off for some time. After the break, Oudin started slowly, allowing Schiavone to break back and take it to a tiebreak in which the Italian looked by far the stronger player, winning it 7-2 with a backhand return ace. The second set was a more exaggerated version of the first as Oudin broke Schiavone in the opening game, but unforced errors cost her the break back and when Schiavone held and then broke to love in the next game to go 3-1 up, it was pretty much over with Oudin winning just one more game.

francesca schiavone slide

melanie oudin

I know the Italians were heavy favourites, but it isn’t easy to go out there and do what you’re supposed to against opponents with nothing to lose when there’s so much on the line. I thought Pennetta and Schiavone were both great, particularly Francesca who wasn’t on great form but fought her way to a convincing win. And it gave her the chance to show off her fantastic range of celebratory expressions.

francesca schiavone

francesca schiavone

francesca schiavone

I call this one the ‘Popeye’.

It isn’t quite done and dusted yet, but all Italy need is one more point and you have to consider Pennetta vs. Oudin and Schiavone vs. Glatch as heavily tilted in the home team’s favour. Unless they choke or the U.S. finds something truly special from somewhere, it’s hard to see this ending well for the U.S.

francesca schiavone corrado barrazzutti

schiavone celebrates with teammates

Forza.

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Fed Cup Final: Fighting Words

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

With the draw for the Fed Cup final being held tomorrow, both teams held press conferences in Reggio Calabria.

team italy

Team Italy (captain Corrado Barrazzutti, Francesca Schiavone, Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta).

Italy has never beaten the U.S. in nine attempts, but captain Barrazzutti seems pretty confident:

“The players have the right spirit for this type of competition. When they play in Fed Cup, they give something more,” added Barazzutti. […] “When they play, they don’t play for themselves, they play for their country, for Italy. That makes the difference […]”

“The fact that the Williams sisters aren’t here won’t change anything. We will be concentrating on the players that are here, not the players that aren’t here,” said Barazzutti, insisting that Italy is ready for the job in hand.

pensive schiavs

vinci errani pennetta

flavs schiavs

Barrazzutti’s crack team.

team usa

Team USA (Liezel Huber, Melanie Oudin, Vania King, Alexa Glatch, team captain Mary-Joe Fernandez)

Fernandez seemed cheerful enough, although she did take a moment to address the Williams question in a not-totally-USA-AOK kind of way:

Fernandez spoke of her “tough week” when she received two separate calls from world No. 1 Serena and No. 6 Venus Williams informing her of their decision not to travel to Italy and responded to questions about the impact of their absence on the result this weekend.

“It would have been a big bonus having them here. But having said that, this is the team I know the best and the team that got us here. You want your players to have the same amount of pride as everyone else but you can’t force it on anyone.”

Well …. OK. Anyway, obviously a lot of attention will be focussed on Melanie Oudin, who seems to have committed the unforgivable sin of not winning everything since the US Open.

“Everyone expects me to win everything now after I did good in one tournament. Everyone has ups and downs and I happened to be up at the US Open,” said the smiling Oudin. “I’m playing well again and I’m ready for the psych-up this weekend. We’ve gone through so much and we’ve fought so hard together as a team, so winning this final would mean a lot to me.”

melanie oudin

alexa glatch vania king

I’m genuinely excited about this one. I think we could get some unexpected drrrrama. Hope there’s a good crowd in.

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Fes Results: Pavs, Peer, Vinci Out

Posted by gauloises1 on April 29, 2009

Three seeds fell today – Peer, Vinci and Pavlyuchenkova. I thought Peer might have got a bit of a performance bump from Visa-gate, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Vinci clearly feels that beating anyone outside the top 100 is now beneath her, and Pavlyuchenkova – well, who knows, although she did withdraw from her doubles match citing ‘heat exhaustion’. Or that could have been just an excuse not to be seen on the same court with Rezai’s outfit.

Anyway, Kleybanova, Medina Garrigues and Makarova all rolled. Be nice for Kleybanova to get the title, wouldn’t it?

kleybs

Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 16 76(1) 63
(2) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Jarmila Groth (SVK) 64 61
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. (3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 76(1) 36 63
(6) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Akiko Morigami (JPN) 60 61
(Q) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (7) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 64
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (8) Shahar Peer (ISR) 64 61
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 46 75 63
Marta Domachowska (POL) d. (LL) Eva Fernández-Brugues (ESP) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Cirstea/Kirilenko (ROU/RUS) d. Czink/Keothavong (HUN/GBR) 61 57 107

Doubles – First Round
Ani/Vinci (EST/ITA) d. (3) Cetkovska/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 62 64
Groth/Zakopalova (SVK/CZE) d. Domachowska/U.Radwanska (POL/POL) 64 64
Hercog/Olaru (SLO/ROU) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Rezai (RUS/FRA) w/o (Pavlyuchenkova: heat illness)

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Image is Everything: Even More Super Fed Cup Sunday

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2009

More hot Fed Cup action.

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What a warrior.

fed cup franny

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love Schiavone a little bit. At least in her Fed Cup incarnation.

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Who said there’s no sisterhood in the WTA?

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SEXISTS. That’s who.

franny fed cup

And now, according to ancient custom, Fran will be sacrificed to the tennis gods.

But look at her face, she’s loving it.

safs fed cup

For Christ’s sake, have a sandwich, Lucie.

usa fed cup

Sorry, where are you from?

usa fed cup doubs

I love Liesel. Bethanie’s clearly like, “Back away slowly.”

usa fed cup 2

But she goes with the love in the end!

zheng fed cup

The old ‘levitating racquet’ picture. Still funny.

germany fed cup

Is Sabine laughing in the middle of a point? So nice to see them when they’re still young and joyful.

momo fed cup

MOMO CARES NOT FOR YOUR LAWS OF GRAVITY.

french fed cup doubs

French veterans, coming atcha.

french fed cup doubs 2

Race you to the wine cellar!

fed cup france

 Proof positive that all good things involve Momo and the Marseillaise in some form.

If they were just trampling some Nazis, this would be the best photo ever.

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Blue Steel. Serbian style.

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Fed Cup Results: Sunday Settles Things

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2009

Spain 0 Serbia 4

JJ Fed Cup 

With Serbia up 2-0 on hosts (and last year’s finalists) Spain, it was looking straightforward. Not so much, but Jelena Jankovic clinched it in the end, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Nicely and symnetrically done, JJ. So Serbia will be in the World Group next year, which seems … right, frankly.

More results as they come in / I can be bothered.

Czech Republic 2 USA 3

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With Benesova benched, it was up to how-do-I-not-blow-away-in-a-strong-wind Safarova to keep the Czechs ahead, and the lefty managed just that, beating Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-1. Yesterday’s sensation Alexa Glatch was up next against Petra Kvitova and justified her selection once again, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 to tie the … tie. Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the decisive doubles rubber, beating Benesova and Peschke 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-1. A sensational win for the U.S. and a great debut for Glatch to take the states into the finals.

Italy 4 Russia 1

italy fed cup

The U.S. will be facing Italy in the finals after a sensational victory. After yesterday’s woes, Svetlana Kuznetsova came storming back to defeat Flavia Pennetta comprehensively, 6-0, 6-3; whatever Shamil Tarpischev said to her, it must have worked. The wily Russian captain then took a gamble and tapped Fed Cup debutante Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to face Francesca Schiavone, benching Anna Chakvetadze after her woeful performance yesterday. However, Fed Cup warrior Schiavone was just too strong, clinching the tie with a 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-2 victory. Errani and Vinci also won the doubles. Well done Italy.

Germany 3 China 2

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China’s adorable Zheng Jie came back strong after a disappointing day yesterday, beating Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5, 6-4 to keep China in contention. With Sabine Lisicki injured, it was up to Tatjana Malek to clinch the tie against Peng Shuai and she wasn’t quite up to the task, falling to Peng 6-2 2-6 5-7. Lisicki came back for the doubles, however, and she and Anna-Lena Groenefeld upset Jie and Peng 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 for the tie. Great stuff.

Argentina 0 Ukraine 5

The forgotten tie continues to be forgotten as I can’t even find a picture of it. Anyway, Bondarenko and Savchuk racked up great straight sets wins over Cravero and Salut respectively to take the Ukraine into the World Group. Really great result for such a small, Bondarenko-heavy tennis nation.

France 3 Czech Republic 2

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Cornet’s Fed Cup and indeed general woes continue, falling to Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 5-7 6-4 despite being 4-1 up in the third set. Somebody get that girl a … well, I don’t know what she needs. But get it to her. Fortunately for her, and for us all, la divine Momes stepped up to beat Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 6-4, and then clinched the tie in the final rubber with Nathalie Dechy, beating Domi and Dani 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Seriously, nations of the world, are you listening? If you want something done right, get Amelie to do it.

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