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24 April 2010

World Group II play-offs - Saturday


NEWS ARTICLE

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play-offs get under way on Saturday, although the tie between Sweden and China will start tomorrow due to travel complications.

Keep up-to-date with scores and post-match reaction below…


POLAND level with SPAIN 1-1


Saturday – Play starts at 13:00 hrs (11:00 hrs GMT)
> Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 63 61
> Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 76(4) 62

Sunday – Play starts at 10:00 hrs (08:00 hrs GMT)
> Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
> Marta Domachowska (POL) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
> Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosolska (POL) v Nuria Llagostera Vives/Arantxa Parra-Santonja (ESP)

Poland and Spain are level after the first day of their World Group II play-off tie in Sopot, after comfortable wins for the No. 1 players on both teams.

Agnieszka Radwanska, the 20-year-old world No. 8, made a strong start for the hosts, needing only 1 hour 16 minutes to see off Carla Suarez Navarro 63 61. Her impressive Fed Cup record now stands at 17-4.

"I am not surprised that Carla does not like this court," said Radwanska. "We usually do not play on this kind of surface. It is fast, but the ball slows down at the end of the court, which is really weird, because normally it is the other way round. I am happy with this victory."

Spanish No. 1 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez then levelled the tie with a 76(4) 62 victory over Marta Domachowska, after the Pole had fought back from 5-2 down in the opening set.

Radwanska and Martinez Sanchez are scheduled to meet in the first match on Sunday, which could have a big influence in the final outcome of this tie.


CANADA leads ARGENTINA 2-0


Saturday – Play starts at 13:00 hrs (17:00 hrs GMT)
> Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 64 62
> Valerie Tetreault (CAN) d. Jorgelina Cravero (ARG) 64 63

Sunday – Play starts at 12:00 hrs (16:00 hrs GMT)
> Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Jorgelina Cravero (ARG)
> Valerie Tetreault (CAN) v Paula Ormaechea (ARG)
> Sharon Fichman/Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) v Victoria Bosio/Aranza Salut (ARG)

Aleksandra Wozniak, Canada’s No. 1, gave the hosts a perfect start in their play-off tie against Argentina, defeating Paula Ormaechea in the opening rubber 64 62. This win advanced her individual Fed Cup record to 33-7, a Canadian record.

“I am so happy to be back home and playing in front of our fans,” said Wozniak. “They gave me so much energy and I had a lot of fun on the court. I can’t wait to play again tomorrow.”

Valerie Tereault then put Canada firmly in the driving seat with a 64 63 victory over Jorgelina Cravero in the second rubber, leaving the visitors a mountain to climb on Sunday.

“It took me a few games to get into the match, but I was able to find my rhythm and I felt like I was controlling most of the points,” said Tetreault, who was making her Fed Cup debut.

“I had a lot of fun on the court. It was like something I have never experienced before in my life. I felt like everyone was behind me and supporting me so it helped me get over the nerves I was feeling playing in my first Fed Cup match.”

Canada is looking to return to World Group II for the first time since 2007, a year in which they lost their World Group II play-off tie to this weekend's opponents on clay in Buenos Aires.

Coverage of the tie is available via Tennis Canada’s live webcast.



  • SLOVENIA leads JAPAN 2-0

    Saturday – Play starts at 16:00 hrs (14:00 hrs GMT)

    > Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 75 61

    > Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 36 61 63


    Sunday – Play starts at 12:00 hrs (10:00 hrs GMT)

    > Polona Hercog (SLO) v Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)

    > Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) v Ayumi Morita (JPN)

    > Polona Hercog/Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) v Rika Fujiwara/Yurika Sema (JPN)

    Katarina Srebotnik won the battle of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award winners, defeating Kimiko Date-Krumm 75 61 to give Slovenia the early lead against Japan in their World Group II play-off tie in Maribor.

    At 29-years-old, Srebotnik is a youngster in comparison to her Japanese opponent, who turns 40 in September.

    Maribor resident Polona Hercog extended the host's advantage to 2-0 by coming from a set down against Ayumi Morita in front of her home crowd to win 36 61 63

    Hercog is scheduled to play Date-Krumm in the first of the reverse singles on Sunday, with Date-Krumm under extreme pressure to help Japan avoid relegation for the second year in a row.


    SWEDEN v CHINA, P.R.

    Sunday– Play starts at 14:00 hrs (12:00 hrs GMT)

    Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Shuai Peng (CHN)

    Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Shuai Zhang (CHN)

    Monday– Play starts at 12:00 hrs (10:00 hrs GMT)

    Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Shuai Peng (CHN)

    Johanna Larsson (SWE) Shuai Zhang (CHN)

    Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Shuai Peng/Shuai Zhang (CHN)

    Johanna Larsson will take on Chinese No. 1 Shuai Peng in the opening rubber of Sweden's World Group II play-off tie against China, which begins on Sunday after the late arrival of the Chinese team in Helsingborg.

    “I’m really excited,” said Larsson, who will be playing in Fed Cup on home soil for the first time. “I wanted Sofia to start because she is more experienced and could have given me a lead to start from but I don’t mind to start the tie off.”

    “I have been playing on clay in the states with other balls but the surface here is ok, not so slow as expected,” added Peng. “I know Sofia from long time on WTA tour. She is a good player. Johanna I have never met but my teammates knows her well, so we will see.”

    Sofia Arvidsson, who has contested 64 Fed Cup rubbers during a decade in the competition, faces Shuai Zhang in the second rubber. Larsson and Arvidsson both play for a local club in Helsingborg, making it an extra special home coming this weekend.

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