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FedCup 2015 – Germany sets out for another ‘race’ to win title

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TENNIS FEDCUP 2015 – Last week-end Germany won their first round FedCup 2015 tie 4-1 against Australia in Stuttgart. After losing the 2014 final to the Czech Republic, Barbara Rittner’s team are aiming to bring home the title this year.

 

Some see Stuttgart as one of Germany’s secret strongholds of sport in general and tennis in particular. This refers not only to logistics as i.e. adjacent to Neckarparkstadion and German Bundesliga you’ll find Porsche Arena, which not only hosts the WTA Ladies Event Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in April but has also been home of several FedCup-home ties – but also to the number of high-class tennis events as also the ATP-men’s tournament MercedesCup is staged there.

So during the second weekend of February not only German Soccer Bundesliga was facing the Southern German derby VFB Stuttgart vs Bayern München (which left Pep Guardiola taking three more points back to Munich) but also right next door the German Tennis Ladies played their first FedCup tie this season against Australia. After coming in second in 2014 in a thrilling yet a little disapponting final in Prague, German coach Barbara Rittner and her team were off to secure a good start into this year’s competition. Day one saw as opener the German No. 1 Angelique Kerber with a solid performance against her Australian oponent Jarmila Gajdosova that however was not enough to bring the lead. After two years of injuries and bad luck, Gajdosova showed a brilliant performance in Porsche Arena Stuttgart, thus leaving Kerber unable to come to terms with the pressure and high expectations in her first home-match, so the Australian made it in three sets 4-6 6-2 6-4 – giving her team the lead.

Much to the pleasure of the German fans Angelique Kerber got back to winning ways on Sunday. Much improved when taking on Samantha Stosur in the top match between the two No. 1s, she was in command throughout against the former grand slam champion when winning 6-2 6-4 in front of a 4000 crowd. “I went out onto court and wanted to show that I can do better,” said the Porsche Brand Ambassador. “And with the support of the fantastic crowd, I delivered.”

That the German team was able to go 2-1 up was also and foremost down to Andrea Petkovic. In a nail-biting three-hour tennis thriller, the German overcame Samantha Stosur 6-4 3-6 and 12-10 in the second match on Saturday that way keeping Porsche Team Germany in the running for a semi-final place. “It was one of the matches of my career and one I will have in my head for ever,” Petkovic said after her gala performance on Centre Court in Stuttgart. Congratulated by Steffi Graf from distant Las Vegas, Andrea Petkovic again produced the goods on Sunday, decision day. In another pulsating rubber, she eventually defeated Jarmila Gajdosova 6-3 3-6 8-6 to clinch Germany a place in the semi-final against Russia.

In the final doubles, Germany’s Julia Görges and Sabine Lisicki beat Casey Dellacqua and Olivia Rogowska 6-7 7-6 10-6 and so secured the 4-1 win of the rubber. “I’m incredibly proud of my players,” said team captain Barbara Rittner who went on to thank the Stuttgart crowd for their fantastic support: “We just can’t imagine playing anywhere else.”

So the German FedCup team is well on track, something that cannot be said for the men’s Davis Cup team. Shortly after coming back from the Australian Open, Carsten Arriens was ‘released’ from his post as team-coach. Not even three weeks before their first round tie against France (again in Frankfurt where the whole desaster started last year) the team is pretty much left alone … as so far, a follower into this position could has not been found.

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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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