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FedCup Final Prague 2014 – Kvitova and Safarova both win their matches



TENNIS FED CUP 2014 – At the O2 Arena in Prague the Czech Republic won the the two singles matches. Petra Kvitova defeated Andrea Petkovic and Lucie Safarova won against Angelique Kerber. From Prague, Simone Kemler

The mere figures alone are impressive: O2-Arena in Prague, a capacity of 13000 seats, sold out on two days. This setting is a worthy one for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final, where Czech Republic is hosting the finals playing Germany. The Czechs who are led by Petr Pala have put a fast hardcourt into the venue hoping that this will enable their leading lady Petra Kvitova to secure the first point in her match again Germany’s Andrea Petkovic. As expected the homecrowd is rooting frantically for their number one Kvitova who is currently on position four in the world rankings – and with success: after just 36 minutes Kvitova won the first set with 6:2 securing 80% first serve points and 11 direct winners.

Petkovic’s start into set 2 was better – she took her oponent`s service game for the first time in the match and so showed courage and  willingness to fight for this game. However she was broken back by the current Wimbledon Champion from Czech Republic who proved to be a little too tough and to precise for Petkova today. 6:2, 6:4 is a result which opens the door for the defending champions. “I saw that she started to play better in the second set but I was looking for the moment, stayed focused and so I am happy I won”, Kvitova said in her on-court post-match interview.

Match two of the day was battled between Lucie Safarova (CZE) and Angelique Kerber (GER). Kerber, who so far is unbeaten in all four of the singles rubbers she has played in 2014, had an uneasy start into this match. Especially her first service suffered and was ‘paired’ with some unforced errors, a combination that drove the No. 10 in the world to losing the first set 6:4. Unfortunately for the German, her second set showed similarities to that one of her teammate. She struggled through her own service games and never found a key to break the Czech’s rhythm. “It not easy to keep calm and stay concentrated in the locker room. You want to go out there and play – so I am happy I kept my concentration so that I was able to contribute the second point for my team”, Lucie Safarova beamed after the match which she won 6:4, 6:4 in the end.

So after the first two matches, the Czech Republic has a 2:0 lead, making Barbara Rittner a busy women for the rest of the day, because she has to kept up the spirit of the girls in order to maintain the as of now smallest chance to still win the title, which for her personally would mean that she became the 4th person to win the FedCup as a player and a coach. Already now hopes are fuelled to call in for Sabine Lisicki to get into the game on day 2 …

The 2014 final is the 52nd FedCup Final since the competition began in 1963 and the 20th since the creation of the World Group in 1995. Prague this year is the 16th FedCup Final played on hard court (Novacryllic Ultracushion) and it is the 15th Final under the home-and-away format, which was also introduced in 1995. Czech Repbulic is currently ranked No. 1 on the ITF FedCup Nations Ranking, while Germany has its highest-ever ranking of No.4.

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Injury Heartbreak Motivates Australia In Billie Jean King Cup Tie With Mexico



SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 09: Storm Hunter of Team Australia reacts during the Billie Jean King Cup Finals group stage match between Australia and Kazakhstan at Estadio de La Cartuja on November 09, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images for ITF)

The captain of the Australian Billie Jean King Cup team says they are supporting one of their top players after she suffered a serious injury on the eve of their latest tie. 

Storm Hunter, who is currently ranked No.3 in the world for doubles, has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon whilst training at a practice session on Thursday with her teammates. The severity of the injury means she will almost certainly be forced to pull out of this summer’s Olympic Games where she would have been a medal contender, as well as both the French Open and Wimbledon. Hunter has already won a WTA 1000 title this season in Dubai and was also runner-up in Indian Wells. In both of those tournaments, she was partnering Kateřina Siniaková. 

“Unfortunately yesterday in our last practice before the tie, I went down and scans last night confirmed that I have ruptured my Achilles tendon,” said Hunter.
“I am devastated and heartbroken, but incredibly grateful to be around the team and I know I have a great group of people around me that will help me get back on the court as soon as possible.
“Thank you everyone so much everyone for your messages of support and love. I’m excited to stay for the tie and support our Aussie girls.”

According to the Australian press, team captain Sam Stosur said Hunter’s teammates are ‘rallying behind‘ her and “wishing her the very, very best and the quickest recovery possible.”

As a result of the injury, Daria Saville was brought in to play in her country’s singles match on the opening day of their tie against Mexico on Friday. The world No.94 was in top form as she charged to a comprehensive 6-1, 6-0, win over Marcela Zacarias in less than an hour. 

“Yesterday was a pretty tough day for all of us, pretty emotional,” said Saville who has undergone surgery on her Achilles in the past. 
“It’s so nice to have Stormy here supporting us. Not long ago that kind of happened to me … so we’re giving Stormy a lot of love. 
“I felt like I was pretty determined and clearly that showed.”

Despite the blow, Australia is on the verge of beating Mexico. In the other singles match on the opening day, Arina Rodionova came back from a set down to beat Giuliana Olmos 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. With a 2-0 lead, they only need one more win to clinch the tie. 

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Italian Captain Tathiana Garbin Reveals Rare Tumor Diagnoses After Team’s Loss At BJK Finals



Former top 30 player and captain of the Italian Billie Jean King Cup team Tathiana Garbin has publically announced that she is battling a serious health issue. 

Just hours after her team lost to Canada in the Billie Jean King Cup final in Seville on Sunday, the 46-year-old issued a statement confirming that she is undergoing treatment for a rare tumor that has been found in her stomach. Garbin had her first surgery in October but will have to undergo further procedures in the coming weeks. 

“I really wish to thank my Federation, which has constantly supported me with extraordinary solidarity and sensitivity,” Gabin said in a statement sent to the news agency Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA). 
“Seville was a very important event for me, and I absolutely didn’t want to miss it despite being very close to my operation: the Federation has shown they placed full trust in me. There is nothing that makes me prouder than representing the colors of Italy. “

Gabin says she hopes to raise awareness of medical research and prevention by going public about her condition, as well as hoping to inspire others with her story. She is being treated by Professor Di Candio and Professor Morelli at the Cisanello Hospital in Pisa. 

“I thank my BJ King Cup girls, who have shown me incredible love and support. Their presence and support have been a beacon of positivity in these difficult days,” she said in tribute to her team.
“However, I would like to inform you that I will have to undergo a second surgery, required by the treatment planned by the doctors. Thanks to the rapid recovery I have experienced, I am optimistic about being back on court.”

As a player, Garbin peaked at a ranking high of No.22 in singles and No.25 in doubles. Her sole singles title on the WTA Tour occurred in 2000 when she won the Budapest Open in Hungary. Seven years after that, she reached the fourth round of the French Open in what was her best-ever run at a major event. 

Garbin has served as Italy’s Billie Jean King Cup captain since 2016. 

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Doubles Delight: Great Britain Ousts France 2-1 In Davis Cup Classic



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Great Britain has won the last spot in the Davis Cup finals by prevailing in a highly dramatic clash against France in front of a record crowd in Manchester.

With the must-win showdown level at 1-1, the tie was decided by a rollercoaster doubles match with Dan Evans and Neil Skupski battling their way past Nicolas Mahut and Édouard Roger-Vasselin 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(6). In what was one of the most tense matches ever involving the British team, four match points were saved by the hosts. Evans fended off three whilst serving 4-5 down in the decider before Skupski saved one when he was serving two games later. To add to the drama, in the decisive tiebreaker Britain lost a mini-break advantage twice before prevailing on their second match point. 

“I don’t know how we’ve won that fight, sheer fight. Incredible effort from Dan to come out and win this match with me,” said Skupski.
“The first set wasn’t too good. We regrouped, took a toilet [break] and fought as hard as we could. Dan saving three points in the third set. The rest is history and we’re off to Malaga.” 

The triumph caps off what has been a marathon day at The AO Arena with all three matches going the full distance. A total of more than 13,000 seats was sold for the tie which is a record for a single day of Davis Cup action in the UK. 

Earlier in the day, Evans got Britain off to a perfect start by fighting back from a set and a break down to beat Arthur Fils 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in what was a close fight. At the end of the encounter, there was a tense exchange between the two which continued during the doubles match with Evans seen making gestures towards the Frenchman who was watching from the stands. 

France’s sole victor was Ugo Humbert who beat former Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie 7-6(5),3-6, 7-5. A new confidence blow to the British No.1 who has only won back-to-back matches in one out of his past five tournaments. 

“The team is amazing. We get on very well. Everyone’s played a part. It’s all those guys and girls standing there (in the stands) who are amazing.” Captain Leon Smith commented. 

Britain joins Australia in qualifying from Group B to November’s finals which will be held in Malaga. The team has won all three of their ties played in Manchester with their previous wins being over Australia and Switzerland earlier in the week. 

In total, eight teams have secured their place in the finals. Group stages have also been held in Spain, Croatia and Italy with the top two nations from each of those events progressing. 

Britain is seeking to win the Davis Cup title for only the second time in the Open Era after 2015. 

List of teams through to the knockout stages in Malaga

  • Great Britain
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Serbia
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands

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