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Russia wins dramatic match against Germany to set the final against Czech Republic

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TENNIS – Andrea Petkovic  and Angelique Kerber helped Germany recover from 0-2 down to draw level to 2-2 against Russia in Sochi thanks to their wins in their reverse rubber singles matches. Diego Sampaolo

Petkovic , who replaced Sabine Lisicki, eased past  Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-1 thanks to 20 winners in 1 hours and 21 minutes despite tiredness.

“I don’t what would have happened if it would have gone three sets. it was very difficult, and even though it was a short match, I didn’t feel great during the match physically”, said Petkovic

Angelique Kerber, who replaced Julia Georges for the second singles reverse rubber, took just 52 minutes to sweep aside Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-0 thanks to a perfect match in which she hit 21 winners.

Russia secured their decisive 3-2 point by winning the decisive doubles match. Elena Vesnina and Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova beat Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki in straight sets

“It was an unbelievable victory and we are so excited and I am so proud of my team. The whole team worked so hard and I just want to thank my captain as she was amazing and helped us so much”, said doubles specialist Vesnina, who is ranked seventh in the WTA doubles ranking.

Vesnina and Pavlyuchenkova got a break in the fifth game  en route to winning the first set with 6-2. Lisicki dropped her serve in the second set. The Russian team sealed the win with another break in the ninth game

Russia will take on Czech Republic in the final which will be played on Czech soil. The Czech team will be bidding to win their four Fed Cup Trophy in five years.  Moscow hosted the previous final between these two countries in 2011 when Czech Republic triumphed. Russia will play in their 8th final in the last 15 years.The Russian team are bidding to win their first Fed Cup title since 2008

Petra Kvitova won the first Sunday’s reverse rubber securing Czech Republic the decisive point for 3-0 against France in Ostrava. Kvitova beat Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 32 minutes.

Kvitova broke serve in the third game of the opening game  after Garcia hit her backhand into the net. Garcia broke back to draw level to 3-3 after a long game.  Kvitova got another break with a backhand pass before serving out for the set.

Kvitova got a double break topull away to 4-1.  Kvitova failed to serve out for the match at 5-2 in the second set when she hit her forehand wide allowing Garcia to recover one of the two breaks.  Kvitova converted on her first match point  in her next service game with her passing forehand winner to the delight of the crowd in CEZ Arena in Ostrava.

Fed Cup Play-Offs:Williams fights back from a set down to edge Errani:

Serena Williams came back from a set down to battle past Sara Errani with 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in three sets on a windy day to give the US team a 2-1 lead over Italy in the Fed Cup Play Off in Brindisi.

Local favourite Flavia Pennetta drew level to 2-2 with her 6-1 6-1 win over Christina Mchale in just 56 minutes to the delight of home fans and her family. Thanks to her win Pennetta forced the match to the decisive doubles rubber

Williams never lost in her previous seven head-to-head matches against Errani who won just four games in their previous two matches but this time she had to fight hard when she went down a set and a break in the second set . Errani served for the match at 6-4 5-4 but Williams bounced back forcing the match to the tie-break where she raced to a 6-1 lead forcing the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the first four games of the decider en route to 3-3. Williams then took control of the match winning the next three games. She closed out to love on her first match point in the final game to clinch the win with 6-3. With this win Williams extended her winning streak in Fed Cup matche s

“I really struggled in the wind on both sides. I don’t know what side was worse for me. I am able to adjust and it’s a little disappointing that I wasn’t able to adjust sooner. Today has been a big eye-opener. I need to go home and really train. I am not totally as ready for clay-court season as I thought I was”, said Williams

 Italy secured the spot in the World Group with a win in the final doubles match. Flavia Pennetta and Sara Errani eased past Serena Williams and Allison Riske. Italy beat the US team for the fifth time in a row.

Pennetta and Errani raced out to 5-0 lead in the first set in just 17 minutes. In the second set Italy faced a tougher opposition but they rallied from a break down before breaking  in the seventh game for 4-3 en route to winning the mathc with 6-3.

Pennetta was the heroine of the day with her 14th consecutive match win in the Fed Cup.

“It’s something really special in my career. I tried everything that I could and everything was working pretty good”, said Pennetta.

“We beat the United States with Serena Williams and Serena played all three matches. We are happy for this victory. We really don’t deserve to go in the second division”, said Italian captain Corado Barazzurri

Timea Baczinsky and Victoria Golubic won the 2-6 6-4 9-7 win in the decisive doubles runner securing a spot in next year’s World Group for Switzerland who prevailed with 3-2 over Poland in Zielona Gora.

Martina Hingis was leading 6-4 5-2 in the second set against Urszula Radwanska but she felt fatigue and suffered from cramps allowing the Pole to recover and win the second set with 7-5. Hingis went down 1-4 in the decider and had to take a seven-minute break because of severe cramps. Radwanska clinched the win with 4-6 7-5 6-1.  Hingis, who was playing her first Fed Cup match since 1998, was expected to play the doubles but she was forced to withdraw because of the injury and was replaced by Golubic.

Baczinsky won both singles matches and the doubles securing three points. On Sunday the Swiss player eased past World Number 9 Agniewska Radwanska 6-1 6-1.

The Netherlands made their return for the first time since 1998 to the World Group with a 3-1 win over Australia. Aranxta Rus fought back from a bagel loss in the first set to beat Jarmila Gajdosova with 0-6 7-5 7-5. Earlier in the day Kiki Bertens secured the 2-1 point with a 6-2 6-3 win over Casey Dellacqua.

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

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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

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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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