Monday, February 8, 2010

Fed Cup Day 2: USA, Russia, Italy and Czechs Advance

Jelena Jankovic carried the Serbian team and allowed them to have a shot at reaching the Fed Cup semifinals, but she couldn't do it alone, and the Russians prevailed 3-2 in the tie. Jankovic rallied to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, but Ana Ivanovic, who totaled a dismal 0-3 in the tie, was once again dominated in her singles match, losing 6-2, 6-3 to Alisa Kleybanova. In the deciding doubles match, the Russian team decided to sit Vera Dushevina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for Kuzzie and Kleybanova, and it payed off, as they beat Ivanovic and Jankovic 6-1, 6-4.

On their least favorite surface, the underdog Americans took out the French team 4-1, as Melanie Oudin won her second singles match, 7-6 (3), 6-4, over Julie Coin to clinch the tie. Insurmountably up 3-0, the United State's Christina McHale lost to Pauline Parmentier and the doubles team of Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands gave the US a 4-1 victory.

The tie between the Czechs and the Germans wasn't decided until the final doubles match, and the suspense wasn't lacking. On day 2, Lucia Hradecka gave the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Andrea Petkovic, but Anna-Lena Groenefeld's 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova forced the tie into a 5th and final match, where the Czech doubles team won 6-1, 6-3.

The Italians and Ukranians went into day 1 split at 1, but the defending champs showed their dominance on Sunday, as both Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone won their respective singles matches to clinch the win. With the winner already decided, the Italians won the doubles 6-1, 6-3.

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