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Ana Ivanovic beat Mona Barthel 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday to give Serbia a 1-0 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup relegation playoff.
Barthel saved three set points on Ivanovic's serve in her debut for Germany before going down in the tiebreaker.
The German rallied in the second set and broke Ivanovic's serve twice to level the score.
But the former No. 1 regained control in the third to lead 5-2. Barthel served to stay in the match but Ivanovic gained a match point and converted it with a powerful forehand that Barthel sent back long.
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Ana Ivanovic has given Serbia a 2-1 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup playoff by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday.
Mona Barthel must beat Bojana Jovanovski for Germany to stay in the best-of-five series that ends with the potentially decisive doubles. The winner of the tie advances to the top-tier World Group next season.
Ivanovic has won both her singles. She trailed...
By Tumaini Carayol (April 21, 2013) STUTTGART – There were few surprises on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff tie between Germany and Serbia. As expected, Ana Ivanovic maneuvered past Mona Barthel in a tight three-set contest that showcased the young German’s knack for producing both the spectacular and the gruesome [...]
Germany and Serbia were level 1-1 after the opening singles Saturday in their Fed Cup relegation playoff.
Angelique Kerber beat Bojana Jovanovski 7-5, 6-2 to give Germany its point after Ana Ivanovic had defeated Mona Barthle 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-2.
The reverse singles and the doubles are Sunday. The winner of the tie advances to the World Group.
Kerber, ranked No. 6 in the world,...
STUTTGART (April 20, 2013) — After day one in the Fed Cup World Group play-off in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena, Germany and Serbia are all-square at 1-1. Serbian Ana Ivanovic won the opening match against Mona Barthel 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2, but in the day’s second rubber, Angelique Kerber leveled Germany’s chances by defeating Bojana Jovanovski 7-5, 6-2.
On her Fed Cup debut...
April 21, 2013 — The German Fed Cup team defeated Team Serbia in a tense fifth rubber in World Group Playoffs in Stuttgart’s sold out Porsche Arena Sunday. Ana Ivanovic gave Serbia an early lead as she defeated Angelique Kerber to go up 2-1, but Mona Barthel rallied back and defeated Bojana Jovanovski to take it to a doubles decider. There, Germans Sabine Lisicki and Anna-Lena...