Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fed Cup Day 1: US Takes 2-0 Lead, Remaining Ties Split at 1

Without the Williams sisters and heavily unfavored, the United States Fed Cup team jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead over the French when Melanie Oudin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands both won in straight sets. Oudin took on Pauline Parmentier and triumphed 6-4, 6-4, while Mattek-Sands edged out Alize Cornet 7-6 (7), 7-5.

In the most anticipated tie of the event, the Serbians and the Russians split singles matches on day 1. Svetlana Kuznetsova dominated Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1. It looked like the Russians would take a 2-0 lead before Jelena Jankovic overcame a 1 set deficit to beat Alisa Kleybanova 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in front of her home crowd.

In Brno, Czech Republic, the Germans and Czechs are also tied at 1 match a piece. Anna-Lena Groenefeld had little difficulty defeating Lucie Safarova, 6-2, 6-2. Petra Kvitova earned a 2 set victory over Andrea Petkovic,

The Italians started their title defense on Ukraine's home court. The Bondarenko sisters split 1 match a piece, as Alona defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-4. Flavia Pennetta gave Italy it's 1st win with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Kateryna.

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