Sunday, February 8, 2009

USA to meet Czech Republic in Fed Cup semifinal

The USA-Argentina Fed Cup contest went all the way, with the doubles rubber determining who would go to the semifinals. World number 1 Liezel Huber, playing with ITF star Julie Ditty rose to the occasion and defeated Argentina, 6-2, 6-3.

Most of the talent in singles came from Gisela Dulko, who played some of her best tennis to defeat both Melanie Oudin and Jill Craybas. When Dulko's serve is on, she can be a formidable opponent, and her serve was definitely on during this Fed Cup tie. The other main Argentine player was Bettina Jozami, who has an interesting, but flawed, game. She lost to both Craybas and Oudin.

The USA team will play the Czech Republic in the semifinals. The Czech Republic upset Spain, 4-1, with Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova leading the team to victory. The other semifinal will be played between Russia and Italy.

Other final scores in the World Groups:

Serbia def. Japan, 4-1
Ukraine def. Israel, 3-2
Germany def. Switzerland, 3-2
Slovak Republic def. Belgium, 4-1

Patty Schnyder defeated both her doubles partner, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, and Sabine Lisicki, in her singles matches.

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