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06 November 2010

As it happened: Pennetta defeats Mattek-Sands



  • Emily Bevan

Photo: Paul ZimmerFlavia Pennetta (ITA)

Follow how the match between Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Flavia Pennetta unfolded in the second rubber of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final.

Francesca Schiavone gave Italy the early lead against USA, winning 62 64 against CoCo Vandeweghe.

Italy leads 2-0

Mattek-Sands *6-7 2-6 Pennetta

The US trainer is back out again and Mattek-Sands soon finds herself down 0-30. She claws it back to 30-all but is cramping and struggling to move. She gives everything, producing a couple of winners before Pennetta wins the match with her second match point.

Mattek-Sands 6-7 2-5* Pennetta

Mattek-Sands looks noticeably flat and despite taking Pennetta to 30-all, her 48th unforced error means Italy are just one game away from the match. Can she fight back again?

Mattek-Sands *6-7 2-4 Pennetta

Mattek-Sands receives treatment during the break, perhaps the physicality of this match is beginning to take its toll. She hasn’t played a match since mid-September. Another service game loss for Mattek-Sands and Pennetta leads 4-2.

Mattek-Sands 6-7 2-3* Pennetta

The arena is noticeably flat after that break and a trio of steel drums are trying to rally the crowd. Poor serving from Pennetta allows Mattek-Sands to break straight back.

Mattek-Sands *6-7 1-3 Pennetta

Mattek-Sands produces her first ace of the match and a double fault and then staves off two break points before Pennetta claims the break.

Mattek-Sands 6-7 1-2* Pennetta

A couple of long baseline rallies give Mattek-Sands chances but consistent serving from the Italian keep her in the game and she holds on her second game point.

Mattek-Sands *6-7 1-1 Pennetta

Mattek-Sands serves well to get her name on the board in the second set.

Mattek-Sands 6-7 0-1* Pennetta

A demoralised Mattek-Sands puts up little resistance as Pennetta takes the first game of the second set for the loss of just one point.

Mattek-Sands 6-7 Pennetta

A closely fought tiebreak sees Pennetta just edge it as the momentum shifts in the Italians favour.

Mattek-Sands 6-6* Pennetta

Pennetta struggles with her serve and hands Mattek-Sands set point. The Italian fights back to take the game to deuce, several deuces, a double fault and an ace later the Italian bench is on their feet as Pennetta forces a tiebreak.

Mattek-Sands *6-5 Pennetta

The American team are on their feet as Mattek-Sands wins her fifth straight game to take the lead for the first time.

Mattek-Sands 5-5* Pennetta

Pennetta has a second chance to serve for the first set but faces incredible resistance from Mattek-Sands who fights back from 30-0 down to win four straight points and make it all square for the first time in the match. The American crowd are on their feet and a smile breaks out across Mattek-Sands face.

Mattek-Sands *4-5 Pennetta

A third straight game for the American, who is showing improved movement and positioning around the court to keep herself in the set.

Mattek-Sands 3-5* Pennetta

The cheerstix are banging in the San Diego Arena after Mattek-Sands produces several clear winners to break back.

Mattek-Sands *2-5 Pennetta

Mattek-Sands shows excellent movement to hold to love in a crucial service game.

Mattek-Sands 1-5* Pennetta

A quick service game from the Italian faces little resistance from Mattek-Sands.

Mattek-Sands *1-4 Pennetta

An epic game with four deuces sees Pennetta prevail and the Italians are on their feet in delight. Mattek-Sands needs to improve on her 35 per cent first serve percentage.

Mattek-Sands 1-3* Pennetta

Mattek-Sands mixes it up with a smash and a lob to earn three break points. Pennetta pegs them back to take the game to deuce. Four more deuces follow before Mattek-Sands reclaims a break.

Mattek-Sands *0-3 Pennetta

Mattek-Sands finds herself down 0-40 and in big trouble. She saves three break points but relinquishes the game with a double fault. The Americans are two breaks down.

Mattek-Sands 0-2* Pennetta

Mattek-Sands is playing with a purpose, going for her forehands but they just aren’t paying off at the moment. Pennetta holds for a 2-0 lead.

Mattek-Sands *0-1 Pennetta

Mattek-Sands gets proceedings underway with a double fault. An eight-minute service game ensues, which Pennetta edges to give the Italians an early lead.

3pm – Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Flavia Pennetta are out on court preparing for their match. Pennetta looks elegant in a pink and purple dress, while her opponent stands out with her red knee high socks and red head band

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