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#121 Posted : Friday, February 07, 2014 7:14:12 AM(UTC)
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Friday (07 February) Central Standard Time (Texas)
20:00 DellAcqua - Khromacheva (Australia - Russia)
21:30 Stosur - Kudermetova (Australia - Russia)

Saturday (08 February) Central European Time (Brussels, etc)
03:00am DellAcqua - Khromacheva (Australia - Russia)
04:30am Stosur - Kudermetova (Australia - Russia)
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#122 Posted : Saturday, February 08, 2014 12:07:43 AM(UTC)
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Saturday (08 February) CST (Texas)
12:00 McHale - Knapp (USA - Italy)
13:30 Keys - Giorgi (USA - Italy)
14:00 Wozniak - Dolonc (Canada - Serbia)
15:30 Bouchard - Jaksic (Canada - Serbia)

Saturday (08 February) CET (Brussels)
19:00 McHale - Knapp (USA - Italy)
20:30 Keys - GIORGI (USA - Italy) :D
21:00 Wozniak - Dolonc (Canada - Serbia)
22:30 BOUCHARD - Jaksic (Canada - Serbia) :D
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#123 Posted : Sunday, February 09, 2014 2:04:24 AM(UTC)
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Myskina threw Victoria Kan in against Mad Sam, but not much better. Stosur 62 63
Australia 40 Oh well, we knew this tie was a practice session. :P

Sunday (09 February) CET
18:00 Fed Cup: USA - Italy: Giorgi will play 2nd rubber Sun v McHale.
19:00 Fed Cup: Canada - Serbia: Bouchard will play 2nd rubber Sun v Dolonc.
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#124 Posted : Sunday, February 09, 2014 8:30:39 AM(UTC)
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FED CUP: Bouchard will play 1st rubber on Sunday vs Dolonc 13:00 EST, 18:00 GMT
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#125 Posted : Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:02:47 AM(UTC)
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Thanks, app. As noted on Live Streams, they revised the schedule this morning. Must figure Genie will wrap it up & they want her more airtime. ;) Vive!
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#126 Posted : Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:28:29 AM(UTC)
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Guess I got it from "the horse's mouth". I was lucky enough to watch both ties yesterday from Montreal. They

indicated right after Genie's match that she'd be up first today. I'm thinking Genie asked for this so she

could get to Qatar for this week's tournament. She has a lousy draw (Mattick-Sands). In any case, it doesn't help

the FED CUP tourney, as everyone will go home after Genie's match. I kind of like the Davis Cup format, where they

put the doubles match between the pair of singles. Anyway, glad we're all here to share and enjoy this stuff.
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#127 Posted : Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:46:42 AM(UTC)
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Just Streamhunter got it wrong, maybe.

I am a little uneasy at Wozniak's total eclipse by Genie, but it is what it is.
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#128 Posted : Monday, February 10, 2014 12:07:00 PM(UTC)
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Fed Cup Semifinals Set, Almost...

The first round of the World Group at Fed Cup by BNP Paribas took place over the weekend, with three countries moving through but the last spot in the final four still up in the air due to untimely rain.

Australia was the first of the three countries to move through. After Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua won the first two singles rubbers against Russia on Saturday, Stosur sealed the deal with a 59-minute, 62 63 win over Victoria Kan in the first reverse singles rubber. The other reverse singles rubber was skipped and Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty made it 4-0 with a victory in the doubles rubber.

The Australians are now through to the World Group semifinals for the first time since 1993.

"Wow - it's fantastic," Stosur said when given the stat. "Obviously it's been a very long time coming. We thought we had a good shot to win this tie against Russia, and it's great we were able to do that. And from here you never know what's going to happen, so it's a great feeling to be in with a chance."

The press dropped some more knowledge on Stosur - she was her opponent's favorite player.

"I didn't know that - but after seeing the way she plays it makes a little bit of sense!" she said.

Awaiting Australia in the semifinals will be Germany, who after going up 2-0 on Saturday sealed the tie as Angelique Kerber edged Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets in the first reverse singles rubber, 63 76(5). Slovakia won the doubles rubber later to close the gap in the final score of the tie, 3-1.

"We both played very well today - Dominika was fighting until the last point - but I just tried to play point by point too, and I'm so happy I could help us win this tie," Kerber said. "Right now I'm not even thinking about the semifinals - I think we're just going to be celebrating this victory tonight!"

Cibulkova, who was playing for the first time since her run to the Australian Open final, was disappointed with the weekend, but she came so very close against two of the game's very best.

"I wanted to win, especially for our people who came out and made it a full house here, but I played well. It just wasn't enough," Cibulkova said. "I was fighting until the last point and knew I had a chance, but I really hope to win Fed Cup one day. I'm going to do my best to experience it one day."

Karin Knapp and Camila Giorgi put Italy up 2-0 against the United States on Saturday, and a 63 75 victory from Knapp against Alison Riske in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday sealed the tie. The other reverse singles rubber was skipped and the Americans won the doubles to make it 3-1.

"I think it means a lot because we won against a really tough, tough team," Knapp said after her win over Riske. "They're all high-ranked and we won in America - winning away from home is never easy.

"It's also a great win for us because we came here without our top players."

The other World Group first round tie - between Spain and the Czech Republic - will be completed on Monday after rain wreaked havoc in Seville, Spain over the weekend. Spain leads 1-0 but the Czech team was up in the second singles rubber - Klara Zakopalova led 63 20 - when the rain stopped play.


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#129 Posted : Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:02:25 AM(UTC)
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Fed Cup in Sochi. :D

http://en.ria.ru/sochi20...sian-Fed-Cup-Tennis.html
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#130 Posted : Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:13:36 PM(UTC)
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Date: 19 Apr - 20 Apr 2014
Venue: Adler Arena , Sochi, Russia
Start times:
Day 1: 1500 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1400 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)
Surface: Clay (Red Clay), Indoor
Ball: Dunlop Fort Clay Court


http://www.fedcup.com/en...ils.aspx?tieId=100021471
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#131 Posted : Monday, April 14, 2014 2:08:50 PM(UTC)
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Team Russia:

Ekaterina MAKAROVA
Elena VESNINA
Valeria SOLOVYEVA
Darya KASATKINA (new teenager)
Date of birth: 07 May 1997

Tie details: http://www.fedcup.com/en...ils.aspx?tieId=100021471
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#132 Posted : Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:10:46 PM(UTC)
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Ekaterina Makarova secured Russia's place in the World Group for 2015 with a 61 62 victory over Argentina's Paula Ormaechea in Sochi. MOLODYETS!

We did not get to see young Darya KASATKINA play. Too bad. Her facial resemblance to Chaki is a bit spooky.

Remember that MASHA will need to play a couple Fed Cup ties during 2015-early 2016 to qualify for Rio. :D
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#133 Posted : Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:18:08 PM(UTC)
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PER THAT: it appears Anastasia Myskina is now pretty much captain of Team Russia--so there's some shit maybe needs to be worked out. :P
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