FED CUP

  • France edge USA 3-2 in Fed Cup April 21, 2014

    Caroline Garcia is still trying to figure out her recent success. The 20-year-old almost single handedly led France to a 3-2 upset of the United States in Fed Cup competition on Sunday. Garcia had a hand in all three of her country's victories. She beat the USA's Madison Keys and Sloane...
  • France, United States tied 1-1 in Fed Cup April 20, 2014

    St. Louis: Madison Keys rallied for a three-set victory over Alize Cornet on Saturday, giving the United States a split of the opening two matches in their Fed Cup weekend against France. Keys dropped the first set to Cornet and then trailed 5-3 in the second before she came back for...
  • Germany storm into Fed Cup final April 20, 2014

    Brisbane: Germany sealed their place in the Fed Cup final by taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia when Angelique Kerber beat Sam Stosur in three sets on Sunday. Kerber overcame a slow start to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 and put Germany into their first Fed Cup final since 1992, when...
  • Czech Republic lead Italy 2-0 in Fed Cup semifinal April 20, 2014

    Prague: The Czech Republic lead 2-0 over Italy in tennis Fed Cup semifinal after the two singles games that were played on Saturday. Czech player Safarova beat Italian Errani 6-4, 6-1 and Kvitova, who is the current world No. 6 in WTA single's ranking, beat Giorgi 6-4, 6-2, Xinhua reported. "Today was...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska gives Poland 1-0 lead over Spain in Fed Cup April 19, 2014

    Spain: Agnieszka Radwanska eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Silvia Soler-Espinosa to give Poland a 1-0 lead over Spain in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday. The third-ranked Radwanska hit 33 winners to Soler-Espinosa's 17 to claim the match on the outdoor red clay court at the Estadio...
  • Czech Republic lead Italy 1-0 in Fed Cup semis April 19, 2014

    Ostrava: The Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over defending champion Italy in the Fed Cup semi-finals Saturday after Lucie Safarova defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1 in the opening singles match. The 26th-ranked Safarova converted her first match point with a return winner to complete the victory over her 11th-ranked opponent. "It's...
  • Germany lead Australia 2-0 in semi-final in Fed Cup April 19, 2014

    Brisbane: Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber had straight-set wins on Saturday to give Germany a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup semi-final and primed to reach their first final in 21 years. Petkovic opened with a 6-1, 7-6 (7) win over Sam Stosur while top-ranked German player Kerber had...
  • Lucie Safarova opens Fed Cup for Czechs against Sara Errani April 18, 2014

    Ostrava: Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic will face Sara Errani of defending champion Italy in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. The 26th-ranked Safarova and the 11th-ranked Errani have met twice at WTA tournaments and are 1-1. No.6-ranked Petra Kvitova will play the second singles for the...
  • Fed Cup: Samantha Stosur plays Petkovic to open semi-final April 18, 2014

    Brisbane: Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur will meet Germany's second-ranked player Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal. Friday's draw also pitted Casey Dellacqua against Germany No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the second match Saturday on outdoor hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena. The reverse singles will...
  • Williams sisters will not face France in Fed Cup April 10, 2014

    Top-ranked Serena Williams is too wiped out to play in the Fed Cup against France on April 19-20, US captain Mary Joe Fernandez said on Wednesday. "She is mentally and physically exhausted and needs a break, so bad timing for us, unfortunately," Fernandez said in a telephone interview. "But that happens...
  • Serena, Venus Williams not on US Fed Cup roster April 9, 2014

    Serena and Venus Williams are not part of the Fed Cup roster submitted by US captain Mary Joe Fernandez for a World Group playoff against France on April 19-20. Instead, Fernandez's roster announced on Wednesday includes 18th-ranked Sloane Stephens, No. 42 Madison Keys, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 57 Christina...
  • Fed Cup semi: Stosur to lead Australia vs Germany April 9, 2014

    Brisbane: Samantha Stosur will lead Australia in its Fed Cup semi-final against Germany beginning April 19 in Brisbane. Australia captain Alicia Molik said on Wednesday that Casey Dellacqua, Ashleigh Barty and Storm Sanders were also in the team for the two-day contest at Pat Rafter Arena. Australia and Germany have met 12...
  • India win deciding doubles to beat New Zealand in Fed Cup February 6, 2014

    Astana, Kazakhstan: Sania Mirza combined with Prarthana Thombare to win the deciding doubles rubber and help India beat New Zealand 21 in the last Pool D match in the Asia/Oceania Group II competition in Fed Cup here on Thursday. Playing her first live match, Sania and Prarthana beat Maria Erakovic and...
  • India beat Pakistan for second win in a row in Fed Cup February 5, 2014

    Astana: India secured the tie against Pakistan for the loss of just seven games as Prarthana Thombare and Ankita Raina scored easy victories in Fed Cup Group II competition, here on Wednesday. Prarthana provided India a rollicking start by trouncing Ushna Suhail 60, 61 in the opening singles. Ankita, who did...
  • Cibulkova to play Fed Cup for Slovakia January 29, 2014

    Bratislava: Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova was named in the Slovakian team ahead of next month's first round of the Fed Cup against Germany. Cibulkova lost to Li Na 76 (3), 60 in her first major final, which saw her jump to No.13 in the WTA rankings. In a team announced on...
  • Kvitova, Safarova lead Czech Republic in Fed Cup January 29, 2014

    Prague: The Czech Republic have named their highest ranked players on Wednesday to face Spain in next month first round of the Fed Cup. World No. 6 Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova, ranked 27th are expected to play the singles at the Feb 89 series on an outdoor claycourt in Seville. Kvitova...
  • Ruthless Errani secures Fed Cup for Italy November 4, 2013

    Sara Errani romped to a 61, 61 win over Alisa Kleybanova in Cagliari to spur Italy to their third Fed Cup title in five years with a 40 win over Russia on Sunday. A secondstring Russian side, who had to contest the final without top players Maria Kirilenko, Elena Vesnina and...
  • Vinci faces Panova in opener of Fed Cup final November 1, 2013

    Cagliari: Seventhranked Roberta Vinci will take on Alexandra Panova and Sara Errani will face 18yearold Irina Khromacheva on Saturday to open the Fed Cup final between Italy and Russia. Russia have won the tournament four times in the past 10 years. But the team is missing top players, with most competing...
  • Cagliari chosen as venue for ItalyRussia final July 10, 2013

    Paris: This year's Fed Cup final between Italy and Russia will be played on clay in Cagliari, Sardinia. The International Tennis Federation announced the venue Wednesday for the women's team event. The event will be played on Nov. 23 at the Tennis Club Cagliari, which has a seating capacity of 5,000. Italy...
  • Vinci sends Italy into Fed Cup final April 23, 2013

    Roberta Vinci sent Italy into the Fed Cup final for the fifth time in eight years with a 62, 67, 63 victory over Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova in Palermo on Monday. The match was held over because of rain on Sunday. Vinci's triumph gave Italy, winners of the trophy in 2009...
  • Serena, Venus lead United States to Fed Cup win April 22, 2013

    Florida: Venus Williams needed eight match points in the final game to beat Johanna Larsson 63, 75 and give the U.S. an insurmountable 31 lead against Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group Playoff. It marked the first time that the 21st ranked Venus Williams, a former No. 1, has...
  • Germany beat Serbia 32, advance in Fed Cup April 22, 2013

    Stuttgart: Germany came from behind to beat Serbia 32 in their Fed Cup playoff Sunday and qualify for next season's toptier World group competition. Sabine Lisicki and AnnaLena Groenefeld clinched the bestoffive series by winning the decisive doubles 62, 64 against Vesna Dolonc and Aleksandra Krunic. Mona Barthel began the comeback by...
  • Kvitova cuts Italy's lead to 21 in Fed Cup semis April 22, 2013

    Palermo: The Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova rallied to beat seventhranked Sara Errani 26, 62, 60 Sunday after a fivehour rain delay and cut Italy's lead to 21 in the Fed Cup semifinals. The eighthranked Kvitova won the final 11 games of the rainy match, overwhelming Errani with her attacking game. Kvitova,...
  • Russia beat Slovakia 32 in Fed Cup semis April 22, 2013

    Moscow: Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the decisive doubles match Sunday as Russia completed a 32 comeback victory over Slovakia to reach the Fed Cup final. Slovakia won the first two singles on Saturday to take a 20 lead but Maria Kirilenko and Makarova won the reverse matches to level...
  • Spain beat Japan 40 in Fed Cup WG playoff April 21, 2013

    Barcelona: Spain won a reverse singles match and a doubles match to beat Japan 40 in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Sunday. Carla Suarez downed Ayumi Morita 63, 75 to give Spain an insurmountable 30 lead before doubles pair Anabel Medina and Lourdes Dominguez polished off Misaki Doi and...
  • Serena Williams beats Johanna Larsson in Fed Cup April 21, 2013

    Florida: Serena Williams evened the United States' Fed Cup World Group playoff match against Sweden, waiting out a long rain delay to beat Johanna Larsson 62, 62 on Saturday night. In the opening match, Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson beat Sloane Stephens 64, 46, 61. The topranked Williams finished off the 66thranked Larsson...
  • VinciKvitova highlights ItalyCzech Fed Cup draw April 19, 2013

    Palermo: Roberta Vinci will face Petra Kvitova on the opening day of the Fed Cup semifinals between Italy and the twotime defending champion Czech Republic. Vinci beat former Wimbledon champion Kvitova in straight sets in Poland last weekend to move up to a careerhigh ranking of No. 12. The semifinal opens...
  • Slovakia pick Hantuchova for Fed Cup semis April 19, 2013

    Moscow: Slovakia chose the experienced Daniela Hantuchova over the higherranked Magdalena Rybarikova to back up Dominika Cibulkova against Russia in their Fed Cup semifinal this weekend. Cibulkova will open against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, followed by Hantuchova playing Maria Kirilenko in the second singles on indoor clay at Krylatskoye Ice Stadium. Rybarikova was picked...
  • Pavlyuchenkova to open for Russia in Fed Cup semis April 19, 2013

    Moscow: Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semifinal on Saturday. Maria Kirilenko was nominated to play Slovak veteran Daniela Hantuchova in the second singles on indoor clay at Krylatskoye Ice Stadium In doubles, which concludes the semi on Sunday, Ekaterina Makarova...
  • Schiavone, Pennetta back in Italy's Fed Cup team April 10, 2013

    Rome: Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta are back in Italy's team for a Fed Cup semifinal against the Czech Republic. The veterans sat out the first round when Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci led the Azzurre to a 32 comeback win over the United States. Errani and Vinci remain in the...