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Serena Williams overcomes the wind and Errani in Fed Cup

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. While Williams held a massive 70-7 lead in winners, she committed nearly three times as many unforced errors...
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Czech Republic beats France 3-0 in Fed Cup semis

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Defending champion Czech Republic reached the fourth Fed Cup final in five years by defeating France after Petra Kvitova won the first reverse singles Sunday. In a match of two big-hitting players, fourth-ranked Kvitova beat 29th-ranked Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-4 for an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the semifinals. After failing to serve out the match at...
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Fed Cup: Petkovic cuts Russia's lead over Germany to 2-1

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Germany's Andrea Petkovic beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets Sunday to reduce Russia's lead over Germany to 2-1 in their Fed Cup semifinal. Petkovic hit 20 winners as she won 6-2, 6-1, while Kuznetsova struggled, landing fewer than half of her first serves. To reach the final for a second successive year, Germany must still win the final two rubbers, with...
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Belarus defeats Japan 3-2 to advance at Fed Cup

TOKYO (AP) Victoria Azarenka and Olga Govortsova won their doubles match on Sunday as Belarus defeated Japan 3-2 in the Fed Cup World Group II playoff. Azarenka and Govortsova beat Shuko Aoyama and Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive fifth tie at Ariake Coliseum. Azarenka defeated Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-3 in the first reverse singles to give Belarus a 2-1 lead but Japan pulled even...
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Djokovic beats Nadal, will play Berdych in Monte Carlo final

  Top-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday. Djokovic, who extended his current winning streak to 16 matches, will face sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych as he bids for a second title at the clay-court Masters. With Prince Albert of Monaco among the onlookers, both players produced some stunning...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hingis loses her first competitive singles match since 2007

ZIELONA GORA, Poland -- Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis played and lost her first competitive singles match since 2007 as Switzerland and Poland tied 1-1 on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday. Agnieszka Radwanska beat Hingis 6-4, 6-0 while her younger sister Urszula Radwanska lost to Timea Bacsinszky 2-6, 1-6 on the hard indoor court. On Sunday...
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Fed Cup: Netherlands and Australia 1-1

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) Casey Dellacqua, a late replacement for the injured Samantha Stosur, beat Arantxa Rus in straight sets to draw Australia level with the Netherlands after the first day Saturday of their Fed Cup World Group playoff. Australia, a losing semifinalist last year, suffered a setback before the tie even started when former U.S. Open champion Stosur pulled...
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Losing return for Hingis in Fed Cup playoffs

ZIELONA GORA, Poland (AP) Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis played and lost her first competitive singles match since 2007 as Switzerland and Poland tied 1-1 on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday. Agnieszka Radwanska beat Hingis 6-4, 6-0 while her younger sister Urszula Radwanska lost to Timea Bacsinszky 2-6, 1-6 on the hard indoor court. On...
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Serena tops Giorgi in straight sets, gives US 1-0 lead over Italy

BRINDISI, Italy -- Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Neither player broke serve in a highly competitive first set, which was only decided when Giorgi's forehand clipped the top of the net on Williams' first...
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Fed Cup: Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals Saturday, beating Julia Goerges in straight sets. Kuznetsova won 6-4, 6-4, taking advantage of erratic play by Goerges, who landed just 53 percent of her first serves and made 45 unforced errors against 27 for the Russian. Later Saturday, Germany's Sabine Lisicki can...
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Serena Williams beats Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Neither player broke serve in a highly competitive first set, which was only decided when Giorgi's forehand clipped the top of the net on Williams' first...
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Berdych tops Monfis, moves into Monte Carlo Masters final

MONACO -- Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych overwhelmed Gael Monfis 6-1, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time. Berdych immediately took control from the baseline and Monfils struggled to cope with the fast pace imposed by the big-hitting Czech. Monfils won just 11 points in a lopsided first set before the Frenchman changed his strategy, using more...
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Czech Republic leads France 1-0 in Fed Cup semis

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Lucie Safarova saved five match points before beating Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 as defending champion Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup semifinals Saturday. The 13th-ranked Safarova converted her first match point with the 29th-ranked Garcia unable to return her serve. Fourth-ranked Czech Petra Kvitova will play 58th-ranked...
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Berdych moves into Monte Carlo Masters final

MONACO (AP) Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych overwhelmed Gael Monfis 6-1, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time. Berdych immediately took control from the baseline and Monfils struggled to cope with the fast pace imposed by the big-hitting Czech. Monfils won just 11 points in a lopsided first set before the Frenchman changed his strategy, using...
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Djokovic-Nadal rivalry continues in Monte Carlo SF

Tennis fans rejoice! The Tennis Gods have blessed us with a matchup between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 5 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at Monte Carlo. Saturday’s matchup will be their first head-to-head meeting in more than 300 days and their 43rd overall. Nadal leads the historic rivalry 23-19 and dominates the Serb 14-4 on clay. In their last two meetings in 2014, Nadal lost...
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Serena Williams begins her clay season at Italy in Fed Cup

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) Having learned to play on rock-hard cement in Compton, California, Serena Williams could understandably be excused if she didn't like the slow, red clay courts of Europe. After all, Williams has won only two her 19 Grand Slam titles on clay. For a variety of reasons, though, at this point in her career the top-ranked player has a special affinity for the dusty...
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Hingis to make singles comeback in Fed Cup match Saturday

ZIELONA GORA, Poland -- Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis will play her first competitive singles match since 2007 in a Fed Cup playoff on Saturday. Hingis was drawn Friday to face Agnieszka Radwanska in the opening singles match when Switzerland plays Poland. Hingis was expected to play only doubles in her first Fed Cup action in 17 years. Her selection makes her eligible...
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Martina Hingis to make singles comeback in Fed Cup match

ZIELONA GORA, Poland (AP) Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis will play her first competitive singles match since 2007 in a Fed Cup playoff on Saturday. Hingis was drawn Friday to face Agnieszka Radwanska in the opening singles match when Switzerland plays Poland. Hingis was expected to play only doubles in her first Fed Cup action in 17 years. Her selection makes her eligible...
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Djokovic cruises into Monte Carlo Masters semifinals

MONACO -- Novak Djokovic powered his way into the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday with a 6-0, 6-3 win over U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic. The Serb, who has dropped only 12 games this week at the Country Club, extended his unbeaten record over his Croatian rival to 12 matches in another display of solid tennis. Djokovic won the first eight games before Cilic managed...
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Top-ranked Serena opens against Giorgi in Italy-US Fed Cup playoff

BRINDISI, Italy -- Top-ranked Serena Williams will open against No. 36 Camila Giorgi on Saturday when the United States meets Italy in the Fed Cup playoffs. Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti made a surprise move by inserting Giorgi as his second singles player in place of the more experienced Flavia Pennetta, who is ranked 10 spots above Giorgi and was counting on strong crowd support...
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Serena opens against Giorgi in Italy-US Fed Cup playoff

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams will open against No. 36 Camila Giorgi on Saturday when the United States meets Italy in the Fed Cup playoffs. Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti made a surprise move by inserting Giorgi as his second singles player in place of the more experienced Flavia Pennetta, who is ranked 10 spots above Giorgi and was counting on strong crowd...
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Petkovic to play doubles for Germany in Fed Cup semifinals

MOSCOW (AP) Germany has surprisingly left its two highest ranked players to play only doubles when the team faces Russia in the Fed Cup semifinals. Eleventh-ranked Andrea Petkovic and No. 14 Angelique Kerber were named in Sunday's doubles team to face Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina. In singles, 63rd-ranked Julia Goerges will start Germany's challenge on Saturday against Svetlana...
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Safarova opens Fed Cup for defending champion Czechs

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Lucie Safarova will face Caroline Garcia in the opening singles match Saturday when the defending champion Czech Republic faces France in the Fed Cup semifinals. The 13th-ranked Safarova and the 29th-ranked Garcia have never met at WTA tournaments. Fourth-ranked Petra Kvitova will play the second singles for the hosts against 58th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic...
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Draw for Italy vs. United States Fed Cup World Group Playoff

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) Draw Friday for this weekend's Fed Cup World Group playoff between Italy and the United States on red clay at the Circolo Tennis Brindisi: Saturday(equals) Singles(equals) Camila Giorgi, Italy, vs. Serena Williams, United States Sara Errani, Italy, vs. Lauren Davis, United States Sunday(equals) Singles(equals) Sara Errani, Italy, vs. Serena Williams, United...
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Berdych reaches Monte Carlo semifinals after Raonic retires

MONACO (AP) Tomas Berdych advanced to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters for the third time Friday after Milos Raonic retired with a foot injury. Raonic called a trainer after dropping serve for the second time to trail 5-2 in the first. Following a short discussion with the doctor, who had a close look at his strapped right foot, the big-serving Canadian went to see Berdych...
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