FED CUP

  • Not ready for clay-court season yet, says Serena Williams April 21, 2015

    Twice French Open champion Serena Williams said her struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup on Sunday had been a real "eye-opener" as the clay-court season gets into full swing. World number one Williams eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-6(3) 6-3 against the dogged Italian to take her career record over...
  • Serena Williams has a solution to liven up Fed Cup April 20, 2015

    Italy: Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend. After all, the top-ranked player mostly limits her appearances in the team competition to her needs for Olympic qualification. If Fed Cup were to move away from its annual format, however, Williams...
  • Czech Republic beat France 3-1 in Fed Cup semi-final April 20, 2015

    Ostrava: Defending champions Czech Republic beat France 3-1 to advance to the Fed Cup tennis final in the second day's game of the last four stage. World No.4 Petra Kvitova beat French player Caroline Garcia in straight sets of 6-4, 6-4 and got the winning point for the Czech team, while...
  • Fed Cup: Martina Hingis loses again but Switzerland beat Poland 3-2 April 20, 2015

    Zielona: Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis lost both her singles matches but finished on the winning team as Switzerland beat Poland 3-2 on Sunday in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Swiss victory was sealed when Timea Bacsinszky and Victorija Golubic beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and Alicja Rosolska 2-6, 6-4,...
  • Fed Cup Round-up: Williams overcomes Errani; Petkovic cuts Russia's lead April 19, 2015

    Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. While Williams held a massive...
  • Czech Republic lead 2-0 against France in Fed Cup semis April 19, 2015

    Prague: The Czech Republic team led 2-0 over France with two singles wins in the first day's Fed Cup tennis semi-final. Lucie Safarova, ranked 13th in the world, rallied to beat Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, while World No.4 Petra Kvitova fend off Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday, reports...
  • Will do all I can to remain number one: Sania Mirza April 19, 2015

    Hyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza says she would do all it takes to maintain her world number one ranking. "I wish I could tell the future. But, I can't. So, I am going to try and keep it (number one rank) as long as possible and do whatever I can,"...
  • India beat Philippines, enter Fed Cup Group I April 18, 2015

    Hyderabad: The Sania Mirza-led Indian women's tennis team came out with a gritty performance to beat Philippines 2-1 in the Fed Cup Group II Asia/Oceania promotional playoff final here on Saturday night to enter Group I, where they will play in 2016. In the all-important playoff, India won the first singles...
  • Serena Williams beats Camila Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy April 18, 2015

    Italy: Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Neither player broke serve in a highly competitive first set, which...
  • Fed Cup: Svetlana Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany April 18, 2015

    Sochi: Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semi-finals Saturday, beating Julia Goerges in straight sets. Kuznetsova won 6-4, 6-4, taking advantage of erratic play by Goerges, who landed just 53 percent of her first serves and made 45 unforced errors against 27...
  • India record second consecutive win in Fed Cup April 16, 2015

    Hyderabad: Prarthana Thombare yet again scored an impressive win but Ankita Raina had to work hard as India defeated Malaysia 2-0 in the Asia/Oceania Group II matches in the Fed Cup 2015, here on Thursday night. Prarthana trounced Yus Syalin Nabila Binti Yusri 6-1 6-0 in the first singles match to...
  • Martina Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away April 16, 2015

    The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times grand slam champion with the world at her feet. Half a lifetime later, aged 34, she returns to the team competition this weekend in a World Group playoff tie in Poland having re-launched her...
  • India thrash Pakistan 2-0 in Fed Cup April 15, 2015

    Hyderabad: Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare trounced their rivals in the singles matches as India blanked Pakistan 2-0 in their opening tie in the Asia/Oceania Group II of the Fed Cup here on Wednesday. Prarthana trounced Sara Mansoor 6-1 6-0 in the first singles match of the day and then Ankita,...
  • Hope more youngsters take up sports as career: Sania Mirza April 15, 2015

    Hyderabad: Back in the country after a third successive WTA title triumph which catapulted her to the top of world doubles rankings, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza hopes that her feat would inspire youngsters to take up the sport as a career. "It's an amazing feeling. It's great to come back...
  • Sharapova pulls out of Fed Cup semi-final with leg injury April 14, 2015

    Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Russia's Fed Cup semi-final against Germany in Sochi this weekend with a leg injury, the Russian Tennis Federation said on Tuesday. "I was really looking forward to playing in Sochi and taking part in the Fed Cup," the world number two told the Russian...
  • Serena Williams could be asked to play three matches in two days April 14, 2015

    Rome: Serena Williams has been virtually unbeatable this year. The top-ranked player could face quite a challenge this weekend, though, when she may have to play three matches in two days before a hostile crowd on slow red clay against Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. "I think she's...
  • Venus Williams to miss Fed Cup playoff in Italy April 14, 2015

    Italy: Venus Williams has withdrawn from the United States team for this weekend's Fed Cup playoff in Italy because of a personal matter. The United States Tennis Association says Williams will be replaced by 57th-ranked Lauren Davis. The American team is led by top-ranked Serena Williams and also includes No. 45 Alison...
  • Sania Mirza to lead Indian challenge in Fed Cup April 13, 2015

    India will be led by newly-crowned world number one Sania Mirza as 11 nations will strive to get promotion to Asia/Oceania Group I when the Fed Cup tennis competition begins on Tuesday. Since Iraq has opted out, 11 countries would compete in the Group II this year -- India, Indonesia, Iran,...
  • Top-ranked doubles player Roberta Vinci to miss Fed Cup against US April 8, 2015

    Rome: Top-ranked doubles player Roberta Vinci will miss Italy's Fed Cup World Group playoff against the United States with an inflamed right elbow. Captain Corrado Barazzutti selected Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta, Camila Giorgi and Karin Knapp for the April 18-19 outdoor match on red clay in the southern town of Brindisi. Vinci...
  • Maria Sharapova to play for Russia in Fed Cup against Germany April 8, 2015

    The Russian Tennis Federation has confirmed that Maria Sharapova will play for her country against Germany in the Fed Cup semi-finals this month. The second-ranked Sharapova rarely plays Fed Cup, citing a busy schedule, but will be part of the Russian team facing Germany on April 18-19 in Sochi. Playing in...
  • Martina Hingis rejoins Swiss Fed Cup team after 17 year absence April 8, 2015

    Bern: Martina Hingis has rejoined Switzerland's Fed Cup team for the first time in 17 years to help gain eligibility for next year's Olympics. The five-time Grand Slam singles winner, now a doubles specialist, has been picked for Switzerland's World Group playoff at Poland on April 18-19. Hingis must play in the...
  • Serena and Venus Williams to play Fed Cup against Italy March 29, 2015

    Key Biscayne: Serena and Venus Williams say they plan to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team next month against Italy. The best-of-five match in Brindisi, Italy will be April 18-19. The United States and Italy are vying to return to the tournament's top tier. "We deserve to be back in," Serena...
  • Tennis: Sania Mirza to lead Indian Fed Cup team March 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Tennis ace Sania Mirza will lead a four-member Indian team at the Fed Cup Group II Asia/Oceania contest to be held on the hard courts of the SAAP Tennis Complex in Hyderabad between April 14-18. Sania's teammates will be Ankita Raina, Prarthana Thombre and Natasha Palha with Rishika Sunkara,...
  • Russia defeat Poland 4-0 to advance in Fed Cup February 8, 2015

    Maria Sharapova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 7-5 Sunday as Russia advanced to the semifinals of the Fed Cup with a 4-0 victory in the World Group first round tie against Poland. "It is never easy to play after a long journey, new surface and very little training on it," Sharapova said....
  • Fed Cup: US defeat Argentina; advance to World Group playoffs February 8, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Venus Williams defeated Maria Irigoyen of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to advance the United States to the Fed Cup playoffs in April and a chance to return to the World Group, which comprises the top eight teams. Williams' victory on outdoor clay gave the United States an unassailable...
  • France beat Italy 3-2, reach Fed Cup semis February 8, 2015

    Genoa: France recovered from 2-0 down to beat Italy 3-2 after a dominant doubles victory on Sunday to reach the Fed Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2007. Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic followed up their earlier singles victories by beating the world's top-ranked doubles pair, Sara Errani and Roberta...
  • Jurgen Waber to return as Austria Fed Cup captain December 25, 2014

    Vienna: Austrian tennis coach Jurgen Waber is returning as Fed Cup captain next season, taking over from Clemens Trimmel whose contract hasn't been extended by the national federation. Waber led Austria's Fed Cup team from 2010 to 2013, but was replaced last season by Trimmel, who also served as Davis Cup...
  • Czech Republic beat Germany 3-1 in Fed Cup final November 9, 2014

    Prague: The Czech Republic claimed their third Fed Cup title in four years after Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought hard to overcome Angelique Kerber of Germany in the opening reverse singles match on Sunday. In a matchup of two top-10 players, Kvitova prevailed 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in nearly three hours...
  • Conchita Martinez to captain Spain in Fed Cup until 2015 November 9, 2014

    Madrid: Conchita Martinez has accepted the Spanish tennis federation's offer to continue as the Fed Cup captain until 2015. Martinez, the 1994 Wimbledon winner, took over the captaincy from Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 2013. The 42-year-old Martinez won the Fed Cup five times as a player. Spain is in World Group II....
  • Fed Cup: Czech Republic lead Germany 2-0 in final November 9, 2014

    Prague: Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova won the opening singles matches to give the Czech Republic a commanding 2-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup final on Saturday. Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion, cruised past Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4 and Safarova stretched the lead by defeating the 10th-ranked Angelique Kerber 6-4,...