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

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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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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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