Posted February 08, 2014 on AP on Fox
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Karin Knapp won her second match of the weekend to give Italy a 3-1 win over the United States in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group on Sunday. Knapp defeated American Alison Riske 6-3, 7-5 to secure Italy's victory in the best-of-five series. She held a 5-2 lead in the second set, only to let Riske tie it at five. But Knapp regained the momentum and closed out the match. ''I got a little bit nervous; I got a little bit of emotion,'' Knapp said. ''But I tried to continue my game, to hit the ball hard, to command the game.'' Knapp also defeated Christina McHale on Saturday 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Camila Giorgi defeated Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1 in Saturday's second match. Riske fought hard through the second set and appeared to gain control before Knapp shut the door. ''I had to do something differently because she was completely attacking me. I tried to be the first one to go after it,'' Riske said. ''She was serving r...
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