Friday, April 19, 2013

Errani and Kvitova to play first rubber in Fed Cup semifinal

Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova will get things started tomorrow in the Italy vs. Czech Republic Fed Cup semifinal in Palermo. Errani has never beaten Kvitova, despite four tries. All of their matches have been played on hard courts, and Kvitova has won them in straight sets. Errani is a very good hard court player, but should feel even more comfortable on red clay.

Kvitova's second opponent, by the way, will be Roberta Vinci, who recently defeated her in the Katowice final. 

Getting things started in the Russia vs. Slovak Republic semifinal will be Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Dominika Cibulkova.

Yesterday, I wrote about the World Group Play-Offs. Here is the draw for the World Group II Play-Offs:

Belgium vs. Poland: This is more like Belgium meets Nation of Radwanska.

France vs. Kazakhstan: Marion Bartoli will be making her long-awaited return to Fed Cup play.

Argentina vs. Great Britain: Johanna Konta, who impressed at last year's U.S. Open, is on Great Britain's team.

Ukraine vs. Canada: Eugenie Bouchard, number 93 in the world, is the highest-ranked player in the competition.

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