Saturday, February 06, 2010

Fed Cup Open Thread

From left, United States tennis players Christina McHale, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Melanie Oudin before their Fed Cup World Group first round tennis match in Lievin, northern France, Saturday Feb. 6, 2010.

From left, United States tennis players Christina McHale, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Melanie Oudin before their Fed Cup World Group first round tennis match in Lievin, northern France, Saturday Feb. 6, 2010.


Venue: Stade Couvert Regional Lievin, Lievin, FRA (clay – indoors)

Alize Cornet
Julie Coin
Pauline Parmentier
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro
Captain: Nicolas Escude

Melanie Oudin
Shenay Perry
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Liezel Huber
Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

Venue: Palace of Sports "Lokomotiv", Kharkiv, UKR (hard – indoors)

Alona Bondarenko
Kateryna Bondarenko
Viktoria Kutuzova
Mariya Koryttseva
Captain: Vlodymyr Bogdanov

Flavia Pennetta
Francesca Schiavone
Sara Errani
Roberta Vinci
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Venue: Brno Exhibition Centre (Hall B), Brno, CZE (hard – indoors)

Czech Republic
Lucie Safarova
Lucie Hradecka
Petra Kvitova
Kveta Peschke
Captain: Petr Pala

Andrea Petkovic
Anna-Lena Groenefeld
Tatjana Malek
Kristina Barrois
Captain: Barbara Rittner

Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

Jelena Jankovic
Ana Ivanovic
Bojana Jovanovski
Ana Jovanovic
Captain: Dejan Vranes

Alisa Kleybanova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Vera Dushevina
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev


Karen said...

Dang, did no one watch the matches today? I watched the USA/France tie and Americans winning on clay, who knew? The Serbia/Russia tie was quite good. Anyone else think that AnaI will regain her 2008 form or is she done and done? Alisa needs to learn how to close out matches. She also needs to learn how to cope with pressure. The Germany/Czech matches were quite good as well. Did not see much of the Italy/Ukraine tie but the wierdest results surely had to be the Denmark tie as their doubles team got double bagelled. That is the team that has the World No. 3, Wozniacki

b said...

I followed a bit but did not get to see any matches.... hope to later.... hard to root for the US team.... for reasons already discussed on this blog

Karen said...

Hmm are the Sisters planning on leaving the US and relocating elsewhere. Apparently they have been discussing it on Twitter. Craig, do you follow them?

Karen said...

Why is there always such a hue and cry when the Sisters dont play Fed Cup but I dont hear anyone saying anything about how Sharapova is not playing this weekend as well.

Craig said...

Unless or until the American tennis establishment actually embraces the sisters as a pair of American champions for which it can be proud exactly as it has with, say, Andre Agassi, despite all his faults, why would anyone begrudge the sisters for taking a pass on Fed Cup?

I mean, really. When John McEnroe suggests on an open mic during the US Open that Serena isn't, in fact, American and not a single one of his colleagues calls him to the carpet for it, what would anyone expect?

Our Fed Cup team doesn't need the sisters. I mean, we got through to the semifinals with our B-list, away, on CLAY. The youngsters are stepping up and Mary Jo Fernandez is a fucking genius.

Hooray, USA!!!!

Karen said...

Craig, I agree with you 100%. Mary Jo and her A Team are on a mission to show that they really do not need the Sisters and I for one hope that I never hear about why they are not playing. I hope they continue to do well. Venus and Serena are in the twilight of their careers. They have carried the burden of women's tennis in the USA for most of their careers. I recall Venus after winning Wimbledon in 2005 going out and supporting WTT and then carrying the flag for 3 matches against Russia, and they say that she does not support Fed Cup. I can point to numerous other times when both Sisters have turned out for the red white and blue but to hear some say it they have never done anything for the good old USA.

Karen said...

Jankovic has fired her coach, Ricardo Sanchez. Being reported on Tennis Forum. Not that it will help her but its about darned time.

Matt said...

Those were some serious heroics from Yanina Wickmayer against Radwanska!!!!!!

YW plays with so much heart... The stats suggest the match was scrappy, but I wish I was able to see it!