Category Archives: Fed Cup

British Women To Rule The World In 2011

The 2011 British Fed Cup team was named today, with Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Laura Robson all called up to represent the country next year. Considering Britain have forever found themselves falling at the final hurdle in the Fed Cup competition, could these additions be what the team need to push them that one step further?

On a separate note, in light of all the AO Wildcard playoffs going on in the US and Australia, I feel like Wimbledon need to hurry up and get their own reciprocal arrangement with the other slams. I get that we haven’t had too many good juniors in recent times, but it could have provided both Heather and Laura with the opportunity to experience the main draw of a slam away from all of the pressures and drama that come with being a Brit at Wimbledon. But as usual, instead of making decisions based on common sense and for the benefit of their players, the LTA/Wimbledon Committe/whoever it is continue to make these decisions based on the old pretentious country club tradition. A shame.

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Fed Cup: The Rebirth of Italy

Last week’s Fed Cup final marks Italy’s fifth successive final in the competition, with Italy winning three of those five. It’s quite funny to look back on the previous finals. As they fought their way into those finals, Italy was forever billed as the team with the most spirit and commitment to the competition. Those are, of course, admirably qualities in themselves, but rarely were the individual players shown the respect they deserved.

Those days are long gone.

2010 has been the greatest years for Italian Tennis in decades; they have crowned their first Grand Slam champion in God-knows-how-long, in addition to not one, but two Italians finally gracing the top ten with their fiery presence. No longer are they simply a strong team, they are one of tennis’ most powerful supernovas, and this Fed Cup victory only confirms it. Magnifico!

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Quotable Quotes: Flavia Preaches.

“It doesn’t make any difference if they (the Williams sisters) play or not play… Still we have won this unbelievable Fed Cup, and nobody can say nothing about that.”
Flavia Pennetta

Preach it, Flavia. I’ve actually read quite a few people almost blaming the Williams Sisters. What’s funny as that so many of them are the same people who were saying that Mary Jo should stick with the same team, regardless of whether or not the Williams Sisters were injured. Can’t have it both way, peeps. An 100% well-deserved title for Italy.

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Quotable Quotes

“Of course it’s disappointing. The whole team was really looking forward to having Venus & Serena on the team.”

Mary Joe Fernandez

HA! Yeah, right. They have all been soooooo welcoming.

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WTA Stanford and ATP Los Angeles Roundup

WTA Bank Of The West Classic



(4) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Ashley Harkleroad (USA) 61 64
(5) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 64 75
(6) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 06 64 63
(7) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 63 61
(8/WC) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 60 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 61 64
Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 67(6) 75 63
(Q) Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 63 63
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d. (Q) Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 36 60 62

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There were no shocks as day two of the Bank Of The West Classic drew to a close with all seeds advancing through to the second round. Maria Sharapova managed to finally get that first top forty win of the year which had been one of the most prominent topics over the last few weeks by defeating Zheng Jie 6-4 7-5. It is also nice to Ashley Harkleroad back and actually competing. The American had played in her first tournament since giving birth at Miami this year after only one month of practise and she was crushed by Alicia Molik 1-6 1-6, but she put up a far better fight this week and even was a break up over defending champion Marion Bartoli in the second set.

Daniela Hantuchova had a flashback to the Australian Open 2008 semifinal when she won the first set without dropping a game, only to lose the next two sets to the gritty Shahar Peer. Also, Melanie Oudin believed and then rallied from a set and 1-5 down saving matchpoint against Aleksandra Wozniak to take the match 6-3 in the third set. After Melanie Oudin’s comments in April regarding who she felt should represent the USA in the Fed Cup Final, Bethanie Mattek is said to have commented this week on her belief that only the team who got USA to the Final should be able to play (and so the Williams Sisters shouldn’t be considered).

It is an interesting debate, but at the end of the day when both Serena and Venus have committed to play Fed Cup and then have withdrawn, they have both had bonafide injuries. If this was a case of them not caring about Fed Cup and then suddenly commiting because the USA had made the final then the comments from Oudin and Mattek-Sands would be much more understandable. However the USA need their best team or else they will simply be humliated by Italy again - especially as Italy now have a Grand Slam Champion in their team. Also, by speaking out like this it will only create a bad atmosphere if either sister is indeed called up to the team.

ATP Farmers Classic:



[Q] T Smyczek (USA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 62 63
A Falla (COL) d K Beck (SVK) 76(3) 64
[WC] J Blake (USA) d L Mayer (ARG) 61 64
B Becker (GER) d [LL] G Lapentti (ECU) 75 76(6)
[Q] S Devvarman (IND) d [Q] S Johnson (USA) 64 64
[WC] R Sweeting (USA) d K Vliegen (BEL) 26 63 64
R Ginepri (USA) d [Q] I Bozoljac (SRB) 63 64
K Anderson (RSA) d I Marchenko (UKR) 63 62

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There were no seeds in action on tuesday at the Farmers Classic but even with the withdrawal of last week’s Atlanta winner Mardy Fish, it was a great day for the Americans as five won through to the second round. The winners included wildcards James Blake and Ryan Sweeting. Interestingly, Serena Williams was also in attendance with her foot still firmly in a cast and she allegedly was standing right in front of Shino Tsurubuchi, the linesjudge involved in that fateful US Open footfaulting incident from last year. Close your mouth, Shino!

ATP Umag draw

ATP Gstaad draw

WTA Istanbul draw

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