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TENNIS 2014 FEDCUP – On day two of this year’s finals in Prague Petra Kvitova came through a thrilling drama with Germany’s Angelique Kerber to win her second rubber of the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final and earn Czech Republic its third title in four years. From Prague, Simone Kemler

 

The world No. 4 came through a impressive battle 7:6(5) 4:6 6:4 to end any hope of a German comeback and secure her nation its eighth overall title in the midst of a frantic atmosphere in Prague’s O2-Arena – but it was a heroic effort from Kerber. She had struggled to hold both nerve and serve during the second match of Saturday, squandering the advantage of a break over Lucie Safarova in each set, but Kerber returned on Sunday determined to handle herself better under pressure.

So it proved, and though Kvitova made a comfortable start, holding to love in the opening game before bringing up three break point opportunities on Kerber’s serve, however the world No. 10 straightened her back in order to see off the early danger. Still – a couple of double faults in her first two service games were lessened in significance only by the same number by Kvitova – not to mention the Czech’s 11 unforced errors – and it was the German who struck the first blow as Kvitova flung a backhand long on Kerber’s first break point to raise that glimmer of hope Germany needed. With growing confidence, Kerber immediately brought up another break point in the seventh game with a fierce down the line winner – and promptly converted when Kvitova again went long with an on-rushing volley for 5-2. Kvitova finally made a dent on Kerber’s serve in game eight, converting her sixth break point opportunity of the match – and it was just the boost she needed. She held, broke again for 5-5, but just when the momentum, and the set, appeared all but hers, Kerber broke back.

Numerous thrilling exchanges followed as both players traded further breaks and then went toe to toe in an intense tiebreak, but in a battle of wills it was Kvitova who proved to be the stronger. After an hour and 16 minutes Kvitova finally clinched the first set, slapping an inside-out forehand winner to deafening noise inside the O2 Arena.

Kerber took time to respond to the body blow of squandering her healthy first set lead and Kvitova immediately broke twice for 3-0. With victory in sight, Kvitova tightened and Kerber recovered her composure, pulling back to 3-3 with a sweet forehand winner off her left flank before bellowing ‘come on’.

For all Kvitova’s winners – she had struck 48 in the opening two sets – her unforced error count routinely gave Kerber reason to believe that glimmer of hope. She took advantage, crucially, in the 10th game of the second set, pulling up two break point opportunities and sealing the set on the first when Kvitova skewed her 50th unforced error of the match into the tramlines.

Proceedings continued similarly in the third and last set. Kerber made it to another fast 3-0 lead, but the pressure on the player in front continued to tell and Kvitova found her way back to 4-4 before securing a crucial break in the ninth game and after two hours and 57 minutes, the Czech No. 1 delivered for her nation and secured the third FedCup win within four years. This 3:0 win for the Czech Republic secured the title and due to ITF-reguations the fourth singles-match was spared. Julia Görges and Sabine Lisicki won the dead doubles rubber, defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in two straight sets 6:4 6:3 thus earning Germany the ‘honorary point’, so the final score of the FedCup Final 2014: Czech Republic wins 3:1.

 

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Fed Cup Finals And Play-Offs Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The Fed Cup Finals and play-offs have been postponed due to fears over the Coronavirus.

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April’s Fed Cup Finals and play-offs have been postponed due to current health concerns associated with the coronavirus. 

 

Today’s announcement comes hours after the Hungarian government announced a ban on any indoor events which has more than 1000 people in it.

The Fed Cup finals were due to take place between the 14th and 19th of April in Budapest but the increasing amount of cases around the world and 13 in Hungary left the ITF with no choice.

In addition, April’s play-offs have also been postponed and will be moved to a later date, with the ITF finding away to solve the problem around eligibility for the summer’s Olympic games.

Speaking on the announcement, ITF President David Haggerty expressed his disappointment but insisted health is more important, “We are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators,” Haggerty said.

“This decision has not been made lightly; the threat posed by the COVID-19 is a serious one and calls for us to act responsibly as a federation and as human beings. This situation goes beyond sport.

“New dates for the Finals and for the Play-offs will be announced in due course and will primarily be guided by the length of time that tennis as a whole is affected by COVID-19. We will continue to collaborate with our colleagues across the sport to ensure that the impact on players, tournaments, rights holders and fans is as minimal as possible.”

The Fed Cup Finals and play-offs are the second tennis event to be postponed because of the coronavirus after the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was cancelled a couple of days ago.

Currently the Miami Open is set to go ahead although there is a big chance that this tournament could also be cancelled.

The ATP and WTA tournament at the Hard Rock Stadium is set to start on Monday the 25th of March.

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Fed Cup Finals Draw: Australia And Czech Republic Given Tricky Tests In Budapest

Australia and Czech Republic have been handed difficult draws for the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest in April.

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Australia and Czech Republic have been given tricky draws ahead of the inaugural Fed Cup Finals in Budapest. 

 

The event in Hungary takes place on the 14th-19th of April on clay to prepare players for the clay-court season that will approach.

In the inaugural event there are 12 nations competing for the Fed Cup title with the four group winners advancing to the semi-finals.

Ahead of April’s Fed Cup finale, the draw was announced today which has seen some mouth-watering matches set to take place.

Last year’s finalist’s Australia are in Group B and they have been given tricky tests against a strong Belarus team and Belgium.

Belarus have Aryna Sabalenka, Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Victoria Azarenka at their disposal while Belgium will be lead by Elise Mertens.

Meanwhile the other group in their half of the draw will see Czech Republic will face tough tests against Germany and a Switzerland team lead by Belinda Bencic.

On the other side of the draw, defending champions France will look to successfully defend their title when they face Russia and hosts Hungary.

Given the scenarios, this is a fairly good draw for France who would regard clay as their strongest surface and are favourites to make the last four.

In the last four, France could play USA who have been drawn with Spain and Slovakia who beat Great Britain in last weekend’s qualifiers.

Here is the full draw with the full round-robin schedule for April’s finals set to be released on Monday:

Group A

France

Russia

Hungary

Group B

Australia

Belarus

Belgium

Group C

USA

Spain

Slovakia

Group D

Czech Republic

Germany

Switzerland

Semi-Finals

Winner of Group A v Winner of Group C

Winner of Group B v Winner of Group D

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Great Britain Handed Mexican Away Trip In Fed Cup Play-Off Draw

Great Britain face another away tie as they travel to Mexico in the Fed Cup Play-Offs.

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Great Britain have been handed an away trip to Mexico in the Fed Cup Play-Off draw as they look to compete in next year’s qualifiers. 

 

The Brits, who were without Johanna Konta in their 3-1 defeat away to Slovakia, will now head to Mexico in April looking to avoid being relegated to Zone Group I.

Just like their tie in Bratislava, they are likely to be without Johanna Konta who has one eye on the Olympic Games and also like their tie this past weekend the tie will probably be on clay.

However this time the British team will be favourites to make next year’s Fed Cup qualifiers as the Mexican don’t have a single Women’s singles player in the top 200.

There will be eight Fed Cup play-offs which will be played on the 17th and 18th of April, with the eight winners joining eight teams from the Fed Cup finals.

14 of the 16 teams are confirmed with the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I still needed to be played in early March in Dubai after the Coronavirus epidemic meant that China couldn’t host the event in February.

Here is the full Fed Cup play-off draw:

(C) = Choice of Ground 

Brazil v Poland (C)

Great Britain v Mexico (C)

Canada v Serbia (C)

Latvia (C) v Asia/Oceania Nation TBC

Japan (C) v Ukraine

Romania (C) v Italy

Kazakhstan v Argentina (C)

Netherlands (C) v Asia/Oceania Nation TBC

 

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