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Fed Cup: Italy Leads France 2-0

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TENNIS FED CUP – Italy leads 2-0 over France on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group match at the 105 Stadium in Genoa tank to straight- set wins by Sara Errani and Camila Giorgi who beat Caroline Garcia and Alizé Cornet in two totally different matches. Diego Sampaolo

 

Errani broke Garcia’s winning record in Fed Cup matches taking a straight-set record with 7-6 7-5 after one hour and 53 minutes in the opening match. Then Camila Giorgi dominated the second match beating Alizé Cornet with 6-4 6-2.

Garcia beat Errani in their previous two matches but this time the Italian prevailed in a very tight match which featured eight breaks of serve in the first set and five in the second set.

Garcia broke serve on her fourth break point in a very long second game of the first set featuring 14 points to take a 2-0 lead in the first two games of the first set but Errani broke back to love as Garcia made a double fault. There were four breaks of serve in the next games. Errani broke again to take the 3-2 lead. Garcia hit a huge forehand to get the break. Errani broke back for 4-all before Garcia held her serve to lead 5-4. Errani held serve to 15 before breaking serve in the 11th game and served for the set. Garcia did not give up and got the break to force the match to the tie-break. Garcia got a mini-break in the breaker to go up 2-1 but Errani won six consecutive points to win the first set with 7-2.

After clinching the tie-break Errani opened up a 3-0 lead in the second set and earned two break points for 4-0 but Garcia saved them and broke back in the next game. The French player clawed her way back into the match drawing level to 4-all before holding her serve for 5-5. The French player made three costly double faults at 5-6 in the final game. Errani hit six winners to 18 unforced errors compared to Garcia who produced 17 winners to 25 unforced errors.

In the second match Giorgi dropped just six games in her straight set win over Alizé Cornet with 6-4 6-2- Giorgi, who is making her third Fed Cup appearance, played a perfect match to give Italy a comfortable 2-0 lead. Cornet led 2-1 in the previous head-to-head matches which came down to the third set. They played a hard-fought final in Katowice where Cornet saved a match point.

The first set went on serve until 2-2 in the first four games before Giorgi broke serve in the fifth game when Cornet made her second double fault. Giorgi saved two break points in the sixth game. Giorgi earned two break points in the seventh game but Cornet saved it with her serve for 3-4. Giorgi did not commit any double faults in the whole first set and closed the first set with 6-4 in 40 minutes. Giorgi went up a break at the start of the second set and cruised to a comfortable 6-2 in the second set.

They were two totally different matches. Sara played for two hours for two sets, then Camila played an unbelievable match. There was nothing Cornet could do today”, said Italian Fed Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti.

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Great Britain To Play Billie Jean King Cup Finals After Glasgow Picked As Host Nation

The UK will stage the finale of the women’s biggest team tennis event for the first time in over 30 years.

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The International Tennis Federation has selected Glasgow as the host nation of this year’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals following a successful bid from the British LTA.

 

A total of 12 nations will participate in the six-day event which will be held between November 8-13 at the Emirates Arena. A facility originally built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games that has since staged various events, including Davis Cup ties. It has a seating capacity of roughly just over 8000 people. This year’s finals will be held on indoor hardcourts.

It is only the fourth time Britain has staged the finals of the tournament which was previously known as the Fed Cup. It was previously held in London 1963, Eastbourne 1977 and Nottingham 1991.

“We are delighted to be bringing the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals to Glasgow. The LTA presented a very impressive bid as part of a competitive hosting process. They have successfully hosted Davis Cup ties in Glasgow, and we look forward to having the women’s World Cup of Tennis take place in front of passionate tennis fans from around the world in an electric atmosphere, at the culmination of the women’s tennis season.” ITF President David Haggerty said in a statement.

Great Britain automatically qualifies for the final as they are the hosts. They will be joined by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland and USA. The format of the round-robin event will see the teams split into four groups of three. The will of each group will then progress to the knockout stages.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to build the profile of women’s tennis and focus attention on women’s sport. The entire team are very excited about playing in front of a home crowd and hearing some loud support across the whole week.” British captain Anne Keothavong commented.

The Russian Tennis Federation won the tournament last year but they will not be allowed to participate this year. Russian and Belarussian teams have been suspended from taking part in ITF team events as the result of the Ukraine war. Russia launched a ‘special military’ operation on February 24th and Belarus is suspected of supporting them.

The draw for the Billie Jean King Cup finals will take place at a later date.

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Emma Raducanu Believes Clay Could Be ‘One Of Her Strongest’ Surfaces

The world No.12 is yet to play a Tour event on the clay but she has high hopes for the future.

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Emma Raducanu reacts during a Women's Singles quarterfinal match at the 2021 US Open, Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Garrett Ellwood/USTA)

US Open champion Emma Raducanu may still be relatively new to the WTA Tour but she believes the upcoming clay swing could help provide her with the foundations to shine on the surface.

 

Raducanu, who made her WTA debut last June, is yet to play a Tour event on the clay. In fact, she has never played a senior event of any kind on the surface. However, during her junior event she played in nine clay tournaments between 2016-2018, including the 2018 girls French Open where she lost in the second round to Denmark’s Clara Tauson.

Despite her lack of experience, the Brit remains confident that she will be able to thrive on the surface. Speaking to reporters ahead of her country’s Billie Jean Cup tie with the Czech Republic, which will take place on clay, Raducanu believes her love for sliding on the court will help her in the coming years.

“I feel this could be one of my strongest surfaces going forward but of course it’s early days right now,” she said.
“I feel like I have got a lot more potential physically. And I do enjoy sliding. So, after spending more time on this surface, I’m sure I’ll time it better and learn more about the surface but also just the time that the clay brings. I feel like I can really use it and play aggressive.”

Since her breakthrough run at the US Open last September, Raducanu has struggled to maintain her form with a series of disappointing results. So far this season the rising star has managed to win just two out of seven matches played. Four out of her five losses were to players ranked outside the world’s top 50.

Part of the problem for the 19-year-old has been her own body. She has suffered from a hip injury which forced her to retire from a match in Mexico earlier this year and has also been hindered by blisters. Furthermore, Raducanu revealed that she has also lost all of her toenails. Prompting British team captain Anne Keothavong to joke that everybody is ‘a little bit scared’ by her toes.

I have no toenails,” Raducanu stated.
“It was just my foot, my shoes, they’ve just been sliding around a lot [in the shoe].
“I had a small niggle in Miami but now I have no physical thing.”

Raducanu will be hoping to lead her country to victory in their Billie Jean King Cup tie which will be held in Prague. It will be the first time she has ever played in the event.

“I love playing as a team, especially the team we’ve got here,” she said.
“I feel like everyone has been a lot of fun and there’s been a great connection off court, whether that’s playing murder mystery games or cornhole, we’re definitely bonding and gelling very well.”

Raducanu is the only top 20 player participating in the tie.

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Great Britain Handed Tough Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers Draw Against Czech Republic

Great Britain have a tough test in the Czech Republic in the BJK Cup qualifiers in April.

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Great Britain will need to beat the Czech Republic away if they want to qualify for next year’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals after the draw was made today.

 

Anne Keothavong’s team beat Mexico earlier in the year to earn a place in the qualifiers next year.

However in today’s draw, Great Britain will need to overcome a huge test as they will go to the Czech Republic next April.

Czech Republic have won six of the last nine Billie Jean King Cups and boast the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Krejcikova, Marketa Vondrousova, Katarina Siniakova and Petra Kvitova.

Speaking after the draw Keothavong is looking forward to the test that awaits them in April, “The team are really looking forward to taking on Czech Republic in our 2022 qualifier and hopefully continuing our momentum in the Billie Jean King Cup next year,” she told skysports.com.

The Czechs are currently hosting this year’s finals and fell at the semi-final stage after losing a tight match to Switzerland.

Other key matches sees a repeat of this year’s group stage match between Belgium and Belarus while USA will host Elina Svitolina’s Ukraine team.

Here are the ties with the qualifiers taking place on the 15-16th of April next year with the finals happening next November:

Czech Republic v Great Britain

Australia v Slovakia

France v Italy

USA v Ukraine

Belarus v Belgium

Germany v Kazakhstan

Canada v Latvia

Spain v Netherlands

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