Fed Cup - Round-up: Russians beat Serbs

Sun, 07 Feb 20:17:00 2010

Italy, Russia, USA and the Czech Republic emerged as the Fed Cup semi-finalists after coming through their respective ties on Sunday.

Kleybanova Russia - 0

Italy will play the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, while the USA will face Russia. All matches will be played on April 24-25.

Serbia 2-3 Russia

Alisa Kleybanova (pictured) and Svetlana Kuznetsova helped Russia recover from a 2-1 deficit to make it through to the semi-finals of the Fed Cup in Belgrade.

Jelena Jankovic had beaten Kuznetsova 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the first match of the day to give the home side the lead.

But Kleybanova beat Ana Ivanovic 6-2 6-3 in the fourth rubber to level the tie at 2-2, then teamed up with Kuznetsova to beat Ivanovic and Jankovic 6-1 6-4 in the doubles.

Ukraine 1-4 Italy

Italy are still on track to retain the Fed Cup after a straightforward 4-1 win over Ukraine in Kharkiv.

The two teams had been locked at 1-1 after the first day, but Flavia Pennetta beat Alona Bondarenko 7-5 7-6(3) to give the visitors the advantage.

Francesca Schiavone then recovered brilliantly after losing the opening set 6-2 against Kateryna Bondarenko in the final singles rubber, winning the next two sets 6-1 6-1 to guarantee the Italian victory.

Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci then beat Mariya Koryttseva and Vikrotia Kutuzova in the doubles to add emphasis to the scoreline.

"I played much better under pressure and I was fighting from the beginning to the end even if I did not always reach my best," world number 12 Pennetta said.

France 1-4 USA

Melanie Oudin won the opening match of the day on Sunday to give the USA victory over France in Lievin and put them into the semi-finals of the Fed Cup.

Oudin beat Julie Coin 7-6(3) 6-4 to give the visiting team an unassailable lead, with the two teams then splitting the remaining dead rubbers.

"I was a bit nervous and she was serving great, but as the match advanced I got more and more confident and I'm obviously thrilled that I was able to allow the US to go to the semis," Oudin said.

Czech Republic 3-2 Germany

Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke were the unlikely heroines for the Czech Republic as they won the crucial deciding doubles tie against Germany in Brno to make the semi-finals of the Fed Cup.

Hradecka won the day's opening singles match against Andrea Petkovic 6-1 7-6(5), but the Germans made it 2-2 as Anna-Lena Groenefeld fought back from a set behind to beat Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Yet in the deciding doubles rubber it was one-way traffic as Hradecka and Peschke thrashed Groenefeld and Tatjana Malek 6-1 6-3 to emerge as winners.


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