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World Group Play-off

20 Apr - 21 Apr 2013, Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, USA, Hard, Outdoor

Team nominations

    • Serena WILLIAMS
    • Date of birth:  26 Sep 1981
    • Singles ranking:  1
    • Doubles ranking:  124=
    • Sloane STEPHENS
    • Date of birth:  20 Mar 1993
    • Singles ranking:  28
    • Doubles ranking:  757
    • Venus WILLIAMS
    • Date of birth:  17 Jun 1980
    • Singles ranking:  18
    • Doubles ranking:  124=
    • Varvara LEPCHENKO
    • Date of birth:  21 May 1986
    • Singles ranking:  43
    • Doubles ranking:  131
  • Team captain Mary Joe FERNANDEZ
    • Sofia ARVIDSSON
    • Date of birth:  16 Feb 1984
    • Singles ranking:  166
    • Doubles ranking: 
    • Johanna LARSSON
    • Date of birth:  17 Aug 1988
    • Singles ranking:  80
    • Doubles ranking:  138
    • Hilda MELANDER
    • Date of birth:  01 Dec 1991
    • Singles ranking:  316
    • Doubles ranking:  236
    • Sandra ROMA
    • Date of birth:  31 Mar 1990
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking: 
  • Team captain Lars-Anders WAHLGREN

News from the tie

  • Honours even between USA and Sweden
    Wins for world No. 1 and Sofia Arvidsson mean USA and Sweden will go into Sunday on an even keel at the Delray Beach Tennis Center
  • Williams sisters see USA home
    Venus Williams sealed a place in the World Group for USA next year after sister Serena earlier put them 2-1 ahead against Sweden

Photos

  • Venus Williams (USA) and captain Mary Joe Fernandez
  • Venus WIlliams (USA)
  • Venus WIlliams (USA)
  • The US team
  • The US team
  • Johanna Larsson (SWE)
  • Serena Williams (USA)
  • Serena Williams (USA)
  • Serena Williams (USA) and Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
  • Chris Evert (USA)
  • Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
  • Taylor Townsend (USA)
  • Sloane Stephens (USA)
  • Serena Williams (USA)
  • Serena Williams (USA)
  • Serena Williams (USA)
  • Serena Williams (USA)
  • Johanna Larsson (SWE)
  • Sloane Stephens (USA)
  • Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
  • Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
  • Sloane Stephens (USA)
  • Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
  • Captain Mary Joe Fernandez and Sloane Stephens (USA)
  • US fans
  • Varvara Lepchenko and Venus Williams (USA)
  • Team USA
  • Team USA
  • Sloane Stephens (USA)
  • Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams (USA)
  • Captain Lars-Anders Wahlgren, Hilda Melander and Sandra Roma (SWE)
  • Johanna Larsson and Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
  • Tie Summary

    USA host Sweden in this World Group play-off tie. The two nations have met on four previous occasions and USA lead the head-to-head 3-1. It was Sweden, however, who won the most recent clash between the two nations, but that was in 1988.

    USA are facing relegation following a 3-2 defeat on the clay courts of Italy. Despite Varvara Lepchenko's debut heroics, USA could not win a third point, and, when it came down to the doubles, Italy, boasting the No. 1 doubles team in the world, were always the favourites.

    Sweden are fighting for promotion following a sensational comeback against Argentina. Sweden were the overwhelming favourites but found themselves 0-2 down after the first day's play. They rallied on day two though. There was an element of fortune when Paula Ormaechea was forced to retire during the third set of her match against Sofia Arvidsson, but, after Sweden won that first point, they did not look back, winning the last two rubbers without dropping a set.

  • All-time head to head

    4 Total 1
    All-time head to head record

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