Yanina Wickmayer has shown before that she is one of those playes who rises to the occasion when the occason is Fed Cup. She did it again this weekend, defeating both Aleksandra Wozniak and Stephanie Dubois. Wickmayer also teamed with Kirsten Flipkens to defeat Canada in doubles and give Belgium a World Group II play-off win.
Stefanie Voegele, who played for Switzerland's Fed Cup team this weekend, is coached by Melanie Molitor. Voegele lost both of her matches--no surprise--to Jelena Dokic and Samantha Stosur. Australia won the play-off, 3-1.
Estonia won its play-off against Israel, and Poland won against Japan.
Fed Cup had some real stars this weekend, the chief among them being Francesca Schiavone, of course. And though little has been said of it, Amelie Mauresmo saved France from dropping out of the World Group. Then there was Alexa Glatch, who--making her Fed Cup debut--won both of her singles matches easily.
USA Captain Mary Joe Fenandez is still hopeful that at least one of the Williams sisters will join her team for the World Group final against Italy. The USA is currently coping fairly well without a Williams sister, though it would be nice to have one. The final will be held November 7 and 8 in Italy.